Sunday, December 12, 2010


TONIGHT YOU ARE MY BABY is a beautifully illustrated picture book that tells the nativity story from Mary's viewpoint. Though the book was originally published in 2008, HarperCollins has released a board book edition just in time for the holiday season.

If you're looking for the perfect gift for a little one in the 2-4 age group, pick up a copy at your favorite bookstore or order it from

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Dreaming Of Chautauqua?

I have never been to Chautauqua, but I try and attend at least one Highlights Foundation program each year. At no other conference, have I received the sort of one-on-one editor feedback available through their programs.

Below is an email from Jo Lloyd about scholarships available to attend Chautauqua:

Hello Highlights Foundation Friends,

Wishing you a happy holiday season. Since you have mentioned one or more of our programs in recent blogs, I wondered if you might pass along information about our 2011 Chautauqua Scholarship Program via a blog or some other social-networking means?

You may know someone who is hesitating to pursue his or her Chautauqua dream due to finances. The Highlights Foundation offers scholarships and now is the time to find out more.

A lot of children’s writers dream of the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua. “Next year,” they promise themselves. “Next year I’m going to Chautauqua!” Then reality sets in. The drive and talent to support the dream are there, but the finances . . . maybe not.

Please encourage your writing friends to stop dreaming and start planning! Pass along our scholarship newsletter. Scholarships will be considered in two groups. Early applications will be accepted through December 15, 2010.(Final scholarship deadline is February 11, 2011.)

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to others who might find it of interest, paste it into your blog, or spread the news on social-networking sites.

Thanks so much,

Jo Lloyd Program Assistant
Highlights Foundation, 814 Court Street
Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (877) 512-8365 (toll-free) or (570) 251-4557
Fax: (570) 253-0179

Friday, December 3, 2010


Some days are like that for writers. You pour your heart and soul onto the page and end up feeling like crap. Luckily, I am part of a group of talented writers known as "The Goal Buddies."
Our fearless leader is the talented Barbara Krasner and our resident humorist is Mary Morton Cowan, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award for CAPTAIN MAC.

This past week was a difficult one for THE GOAL BUDDIES. Things didn't go according to plan for some members and Mary posted this cartoon to make us all smile.

If I have one bit of advice for other writers, it is this: Surround yourself with other people who share your passion. They'll cheer at your good news and coax you over the bumps.