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Friends make the world go around: a book party

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Here’s what you need to know about Amy.

Twenty eight years ago, when rumor went around that Woody Allen planned to show up for a screening of his new movie, Broadway Danny Rose, she asked me to go with her.

“Sure,” I said.

She turned to her boyfriend’s roommate. “How about you?”

He said, “Sure.”

And then she told us, “Oops. I forgot. I’m supposed to be somewhere tonight. Why don’t you go without me?”

Lying is not Amy’s strong suit. Neither of us believed her, but we knew she meant well. So, standing there awkwardly, I asked, “Uh. You want to go?”

He seemed equally awkward. “Sure,” he replied.

I know I’ve had more disastrous dates, but this one was memorable. It was a cold February night, the rumor was false, and we searched for the screening site, going from one university building to another, in vain. We finally decided on an arts flick, Born in Flames. Let’s just say that a feminist movie about the lives of prostitutes isn’t exactly conducive to romance. He did get points though for not making fun of it afterwards, and we warmed up over ice cream. Somehow our sense of humor meshed, and we agreed to see each other again. We have been together, ever since.

“I knew it’d work out,” Amy told me.

A lot of things have happened since then. Amy and I worked side by side, for years. We attended each other’s weddings. She came to the rescue when I needed help during one of my pregnancies. She stayed with us when her newborn needed to be kept safe from the flu coursing through her house. We’ve celebrated holidays and marked milestones.

So when No Castles Here was published, Amy told me, “I’m throwing you a party!” And what a party—friends, great food, good cheer. We had such a good time, that when Come Fall came out, she threw me another one. “We do this again for the next one, too,” she said. So, on Sunday, we celebrated Gil Marsh: we laughed and schmoozed, ate awesome food and had a grand time, the way good friends know how.

I hugged Amy more than once.

“You’ve got to publish another book,” she said. “These parties are so much fun!”

No arguing with that.

Thank you Amy, Steve, and all those who came. It was a blast!…

A call for submissions: New Voices in Children’s Literature

Monday, October 17th, 2011

When I first started out as a writer, I steeled myself for rejection. I knew it could take a while before anything I wrote was published. But as months rolled into years, and the rejections piled up, my confidence began to flag.

Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices in Children's LiteratureIn 2001, word got around of a new children's book contest: the Tassy Walden Awards, New Voices in Children's Literature. It was juried by reputable agents and editors from large publishing houses, and winners were given a small cash prize. Why not, I thought.

My manuscript for a young adult novel came in as a finalist. I submitted a middle grade novel the following year, and that also came in as a finalist. Two years later I submitted a third novel, and that one didn't even place.

Now you'd think that would have soured me—three novels, three rejections. But it didn’t.

See, coming in as a finalist meant that the agents and editors who read my manuscripts thought they had promise. The criteria they were using was whether the submissions were of a professional quality. Winners were the best of the bunch—and some years they decided not to chose any winners because no one reached a high enough standard for the category. That I had placed two years in a row meant that I should keep going. That I didn’t place two years later meant I needed to put more work into what I was doing.

And more work is what I did. The result: one of the manuscripts that came in as a finalist became No Castles Here. The one that didn’t place at all became Come Fall. Both have received starred reviews, and I have a third novel ready for release in February, 2012.

The Tassy contest does something many contests don’t: it makes you step up to a publishable level. Winning doesn’t guarantee that what you write will be published, but submitting forces you to reach a professional standard. That is no small thing.

The 12th annual Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices in Children's Literature is now open for submissions. The competition is open to unpublished Connecticut writers and illustrators. This year has five submission categories: picture book (text only), illustrated picture book, children's book illustrator's portfolio, middle grade novel, and young adult/teen novel. The deadline for submissions is February 3, 2012.

For more information, an entry form, and the …

Kidlit4Japan benefit auction this week

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Kidlit4Japan

If you like children’s literature and you’re looking for a way to help folks in Japan, you can make a donation that will benefit children affected by the earthquake and tsunami while also purchasing  some neat children’s literature swag.

Beginning at 9AM EDT on Monday March 21st, the Kidlit4Japan site  will feature a children’s and YA auction to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Dozens of authors and illustrators have contributed thousands of dollars worth of signed books, virtual author visits, critiquing services, artwork, and even a few opportunities to name a character in an upcoming book!

Through the auction process over the next couple weeks, they hope to turn these donated items into much-needed funds for the UNICEF U.S. Fund. They are targeting relief efforts specifically to the needs of children in the affected area of Japan, using methods refined during decades of disaster response campaigns around the world. (Bidders outside the United States may choose to donate to an alternate aid organization based in their own country instead.)

Bidding will be open on each item for 3 to 5 days. If you’re interested in A.C.E. Bauer related stuff, I’ve donate signed first edition copies of No Castles Here and Come Fall, and the audio production of No Castles Here in a 5-CD set. They’ll be up on the rotation from Friday March 25 @ 2:00PM EDT to Tuesday March 29 @ 2:00PM EDT.

The link again for the auction: http://kidlit4japan.wordpress.com/. Thanks for your help!

UPDATE: The items put up for auction on Friday March 25, including No Castles Here, Come Fall, and the No Castles Here audiobook, will be up for bid till Wednesday March 30 (and not Tuesday, as I originally posted). …

Another book party!

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Amy_alone.JPG I am very fortunate to be friends with Amy Eppler-Epstein. She and her family have provided me with encouragement and support throughout my writing career. Years ago, she promised me, “When you’re published, I’ll throw you a book party.”

answering_questions.JPG And she did, when No Castles Here was published. We had so much fun, she told me, “Let’s do this again!”

Far be it from me to let her down.

Last week she and her family hosted another party, this time to honor Come Fall. I saw many old friends, read a few chapters, answered a bunch of questions, and signed books. Profits from the sales went to Read to Grow, a literacy program for children in Connecticut. R.J. Julia Booksellers supplied the books and made the donations possible.

cake_and_book.JPGOf course, no birthday party is complete without cake. Take a look at what Amy baked for us.

Yum!

Thank you Amy, all the Eppler-Epsteins, and all those who contributed to Read to Grow. You guys are the best.

Photo credits go to Steve Eppler-Epstein.…

Some nice nods

Monday, August 16th, 2010

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I’m happy to report that the Waterloo Public Library in Waterloo, Ontario chose Come Fall for its August 5th Sizzling Staff Selections among new children’s books. Thank you Waterloo Public Library!

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Meanwhile, blogger Debbie Winkler gave No Castles Here a wonderful review in her July 29th posting. Thank you Debbie!…

Tassy reception

Monday, May 17th, 2010

This Wednesday May 19, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., the Shoreline Arts Alliance will host this year’s award ceremonies for the Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices in Children’s Literature at the Blackstone Library in Branford Connecticut. It’s the 10th anniversary of the awards, and I have been asked to speak for a few minutes about how the awards affected me. (No Castles Here came in as a Tassy finalist in 2002, under the title The Last of the Fairy Godmothers and another manuscript was finalist the year before.)

My congratulations to this year’s winners, Karen Jordan (picture book, text only), Diane Warner (illustrated picture book), Pamela Farley (middle grade novel), and Lynda Mullaly Hunt (young adult/teen novel).

Bravo!…

A day with readers

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

I drove over 300 miles round trip yesterday—exhausting but worth it.

The Albany Children’s Books Festival was a hit! The organizers were warm and helpful. And I met a lot of wonderful people, eager children, talented artists and writers and so many avid readers. Some of my high points: meeting an 8-year old true fan of No Castles Here and reading his favorite chapter; eating a delicious lunch with the best rice pudding for dessert; and making origami boxes with countless children, and watching them show them off to family and friends.

My thanks to the organizers at the Albany Academies for pulling the day together.…

A heartwarming review

Monday, August 17th, 2009

School Library Journal had some nice things to say about the audio book for No Castles Here. They liked the novel, calling it a “heartwarming, wonderfully written story,” and enjoyed John Mayer’s narration. You can read the whole review here.…

Auntie Em’s

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008

I’m visiting beautiful Minneapolis and St. Paul in the next few days. If you’d like to say hello, I’ll be doing a book signing at Auntie Em’s Bookstore on Saturday April 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there!…

Reminder

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Just a reminder that on Monday April 14, at 2:00 p.m., I’ll be appearing with fellow author Karen L. Day at the Edith Wheeler Memorial Library. Hope to see you there!…

 

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