And the winner of EASTER EGG DAY is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway,  a brand new copy of EASTER EGG DAY (Zonderkidz, 2020) written by Tara Knudson and illustrated by Pauline Stewart is…

Lauralee H!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you shortly so we can get the book to you.

Thank everyone who took the time to comment. Happy reading and writing, and Happy Spring!

PUBLISHING MILESTONES: Celebrating the Journey in Special Ways

What do you do to celebrate special milestones in your publishing journey?  Do you clink a glass of sparkly for each book or magazine piece that comes out? Do you bake thematic cookies?  Do you go out for a special dinner with your family or friends? 

I, for one, like any excuse for celebration, and while I’m not big on champagne, I have, over the years, developed several fun ways of celebrating the publication of my work – which I view as part of my legacy that I am passing on to my children. 

First, since the publication of my very first magazine piece in 1999, I have kept a binder of my magazine clips.  The binder is so thick now that I’ve now started a second.  The binders are loosely organized by alphabet and genre and date of publication and each clip is preserved in an acid-free sleeve.  Over the years, I’ve enjoyed browsing through the binders with my children and at school visits. It’s fun to see how far my writing has come since I first embarked on the journey over 20 years ago.

If you follow me on social media, you will also know that my daughter loves to celebrate my book releases by creating her own beautiful art in the form of painted ceramics, cookies and even appliqué!  And her creations make my heart sing and the non-edible ones have become part of our home decor!  Thank you, Miss A.!

Finally, for each book that has released, as well as for a couple of favorite published poems, I’ve created a little framed gallery.  So far, the gallery contains three framed poems and framed hangings of spreads from my first two picture books. 

In the busy-ness of the past year, I got a a bit behind in my framing, but am delighted to share that over the December break my dad and I finally got to my favorite frame shop, The Artist Framer in Cranford, NJ to update the gallery with framed spreads from my two most recent books, DIVA DELORES AND THE OPERA HOUSE MOUSE and LOVE IS KIND. Here are some snapshots of the delightful morning we spent picking out matte and frames.  Thank you, Dad, for the gift of the framed art. Thank you, Stephanie, for your artistic expertise in picking out just the right combination to compliment each spread. Thank you to my publishers, Zonderkidz and Sterling Children’s Books for taking on the projects. And finally, thank you to my illustrators – Rebecca Gerlings and Lison Chaperon for working their artistic magic across the pages of these two most recent books! 

I can’t wait to bring these new framed pieces home so I can add them to my gallery.  

What you do to celebrate your publishing milestones? I’d love to hear.  Happy creating, all!

And the Winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway,  a brand new copy of GOD’S BLESSINGS OF FALL is…

Janice H!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you today so we can get the book to you.

Thank everyone who took the time to comment. Happy reading and writing, and remember to enjoy all the gorgeous blessings of fall!

And the Winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway,  a brand new copy of TWO TOUGH TRUCKS is…

Kim P!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you today so we can get the book to you.

Thank everyone who took the time to comment on this week’s post. Happy reading and writing, all!

And the winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway, a brand new copy of Glenys Nellist’s new book with Zonderkidz, “The Wonder That is You” is…

Gail H.!!!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you so we can get the book to you.

Thanks again, Glenys, for stopping by to chat with us about your new book and thank you, Zonderkidz, for providing the winning copy.  Happy reading, all!

And the winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway, a brand new copy of Shari Barr’s newest book with Barbour, “Camp Club Girls: McKenzie” is…

Sara M.!!!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you so we can get the book to you.

Thanks again, Shari, for stopping by to share your inspiring experiences with writing in assignment and for providing the winning copy.  Happy reading, all!

And the winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the two winners of last week’s special giveaway, two two-book bundles of Diane Stortz’s faith-sparking devotionals: STOP AND GO DEVOTIONALS and I AM: 40 REASONS TO TRUST GOD are…

Tiffany and Katie!

Congratulations! I will be in touch so we can the books in the mail to you. Thank you to everyone who entered and to Diane for providing the books.

Blessings all!

And the Winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway, a brand new copy of Amy Hout’s picture book, GOD’S PROTECTION COVERS ME, published by Beaming Books, and illustrated by David Creighton-Pester is…

Annette!!!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you so we can get the book to you.

Thanks again, Amy, for stopping by to chat about the book and for providing the winning copy.  Happy reading, all!

And the Winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of last week’s special giveaway, a brand new copy of Sarah Floyd’s picture book, TEN CLEVER NINJAS, published by Clear Fork Publishing, and illustrated by Marcin Bruchnalski is…

Ashley Congdon!!!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you so we can get the book to you.

Thanks again, Sarah, for sharing your five fun facts about the book and for providing the winning copy.  Happy reading, all!

And the Winner is…

I’m delighted to announce that the winner of this week’s special giveaway, a brand new SIGNED copy of Glenys Nellist’s new Easter-themed board book GOOD NEWS! IT’S EASTER!, published by Discovery House, and illustrated by Lizzie Walkley is…

Sandra V.!!!!!

Congratulations!  I will be in touch with you so we can get the book to you.

Thanks again, Glenys, for sharing your five tips to engage little ones when reading this charming board book and for providing the signed winning copy.  Happy Weekend, all!