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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

L.A., Bay Area, and Portland Here I Come!

I am very excited to be going on vacation next week for two whole weeks!!  A much needed trip after working solidly for two months on Please Bring Balloons.  Our trip will be a little bit of work and play.  First I will be down in L.A. visiting some friends and family, then up to the Bay Area for a wedding reception and to see more friends and family, and then finally to Portland, for some much needed R&R!  I am so excited to be visiting bookstores in each city!  Check out my list of events for my "Mini-West Coast Tour":


Saturday, August 4th, 2012
Bookstore Visit and Signing
10:30 a.m.
Vroman's Bookstore
695 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, California

Sunday, August 5th, 2012
Bookstore Visit and Signing
A Great Good Place For Books
6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland, California

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012
Bookstore Visit and Signing
11:00 a.m.
Copperfield's Books
140 Kentucky Street, Petaluma, California

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
Bookstore Visit and Signing
2:00 p.m.
Hicklebee's Bookstore
1378 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, California

Saturday, August 11th, 2012
Bookstore Visit and Signing
11:00 a.m.
Powell's City of Books
1005 West Burnside, Portland, Oregon

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Northern Ohio SCBWI Event This Saturday!!

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Just a quick announcement this week:

I am very excited to be moderating a Critique Meet through the Northern Ohio SCBWI this Saturday!

Saturday, July 21st, 2012
SCBWI Critique Meet Event

10:00 a.m.
Barnes & Noble - Fairlawn
4015 Medina Road, Akron, Ohio

***Please note this event is free and is open to the public but RSVP is required, please contact the Northern Ohio SCBWI Regional Advisor, Victoria Selvaggio at

For anyone attending who have a picture book manuscript or set of illustrations they would like to be reviewed by me I am still taking submissions until noon on Thursday, July 19th.  All submissions may be sent to  Please send submissions only AFTER you have emailed Victoria Selvaggio to RSVP to the event.  Thank you!

I hope to see you there!!

Friday, July 6, 2012

2012 Northern Ohio SCBWI Annual Conference

I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  Here in the Cleveland area we got not only a firework show but a heat lightening one as well, and I have to say the heat lightening was a bit more impressive!

Now back to children's lit announcements.  I'm very excited to be participating in the 2012 Northern Ohio SCBWI Annual Conference here in Cleveland in September.  I will be presenting an illustration intensive discussing the illustrator's responsibilities and role in putting together a successful picture book as well as teaching a breakout session on making a picture book, from start to finish.  Registration starts today for SCBWI members and July 20th for nonmembers.  Make sure to register soon for the breakouts and critiques you want because slots fill up fast!

Check out all the awesome faculty this year:

Michelle Poploff, Vice President & Executive Editor, Delacorte Press/Random House Children’s Books
Tina Wexler, Agent, International Creative Management
Quinlan Lee, Agent, Adams Literary Agency
Whitney Leader-Picone, Designer & Digital Publishing, Charlesbridge
Dandi Daley Mackall, Author
Cinda Williams Chima, Author
Mara Purnhagen, Author
Michael Ferrari, Author
Christopher Canyon, Author/Illustrator (Presenting Saturday Only)
Liz Coley, Author
Jeannine Garsee, Author
Lindsay Ward, Author/Illustrator
Shelley Pearsall, Author (Presenting Saturday Only)

2012 Northern Ohio SCBWI Annual Conference
"A Springboard to Publishing Success"
September 21-22
Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel
5300 Riverside Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44135

For more information or to register for the conference, click on the link below: