The Birth of a Dream^M

-Posted on: January 16, 2022

On January 25, 2019, a dream thirty-three years in the making finally came to fruition – my first picture book was published on that date! Throughout my journey to authorhood, there were zillions of times in which I doubted myself …

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Tale of My Journey and Dance with Words^M

-Posted on: December 15, 2021


By Mita Bordoloi

I was born into a bookish family. My paternal grandfather was the founding editor of The Assam Tribune and an award-winning author of books. My maternal grandmother wrote children’s stories. One uncle was awarded the highest …

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-Posted on: November 15, 2021


What with covid and living in an era of plague, noxious politics, climate chaos, and the start of winter I’m feeling a little desperate. How do we keep ourselves balanced, together, sane?


Own Voice

How do I keep

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It’s Time to Talk^M

-Posted on: October 19, 2021

I’ve never thought of it until now: but I didn’t find SCBWI, SCBWI found me. I wrote my first middle grade book, The Smell of Old Lady Perfume (Cinco Puntos, 2009) as a twenty-something in the isolation of …

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The F Words: Educator Guide^M

-Posted on: September 18, 2021

By Barbara Gregorich

During the 1980s and into the 1990s, I wrote educational materials: activity sheets, teacher guides, parent guides, flashcards, audio how-to instructions, and teacher guides and parent guides.  At one point I was doing freelance work for educational …

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Getting Down to Business: Self-Promotion^M

-Posted on: July 15, 2021

By Keir Graff


Keir Graf in the green room

Signing books at Anderson’s

Author’s note: At the beginning of the year, as I indulged in my annual ritual of setting more goals than I can possibly accomplish, I added a monthly “business meeting” to my

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Surviving The Rejection Rollercoaster^M

-Posted on: June 15, 2021

by Lisa Katzenberger

It Will Be OK book cover

There is a certain feeling that goes along with sharing your stories with the world and asking someone to love your work. For me, it’s a mixture of thrill and fear, with a little nausea mixed in …

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How to Do a 51-Store Book Tour in a Pandemic^M

-Posted on: May 15, 2021

By Alice B. McGinty and Alan B. Havis

To go or not to go? That’s what we were wondering as last summer rolled in. We’d planned this tour well before the pandemic hit. Travel to the east coast and visit …

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Blocks, Beasts, and Broken Brains^M

-Posted on: April 15, 2021

By Liesl Shurtliff

Time Castaways book coverOne afternoon in high school, I was trying to write a critical essay for my AP English class. I can’t remember the book I was supposed to be writing about, but it was most likely by a …

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I’ll Keep Telling Stories^M

-Posted on: March 7, 2021

By Karla Clark

You Be Mommy picture book coverThe amazing human brain is hardwired to communicate with stories. Storytelling runs deep in my blood. I come from Italian immigrants and all through my childhood we gathered on Sundays around my grandparents’ kitchen table in Rockford, …

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