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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas Vacation and a Contest!

The winner for the Christmas picture book giveaway is...

...Brandy Corona!

Congratulations! I'll be contacting you via e-mail to see which book you'd like!

If any of you remember last year, I mentioned I was going to take December off - from blogging - this year. In the past, I have "gone missing" a couple of times, likely due to stress. So I've scheduled in a small "vacation" this time around.

Remember that the Lucky Clover Picture Book Contest is still going on. 
Just follow the link to read the rules and submission guidelines.

Submissions will be accepted 
through New Year's Eve. 

Now's the perfect time to get your first critique on that PiBoIdMo draft you just wrote for 12x12 in 2012 (or 2013). Looking forward to reading your manuscripts. May the best story win! 

*** Remember that winners are not chosen randomly ***

By the way, if you're wondering how I fared in PiBoIdMo this year, I did it! 
  • 2010 
    • writing - worked on 4 mss
    • PiBo - 30 NEW ideas!
  • 2011
    • writing 
      • wrote 6 new drafts (but none from my new ideas)
      • revised 3 older mss.
    • PiBo - only 7 new ideas...
  • 2012
    • writing 
      • submitted several pieces and got lots of rejections :) 
      • wrote 3 new mss (still none from the PiBo ideas)
      • revised 5 mss
    • PiBo - 30 more NEW ideas!
  • 2013
    • Better things are yet to come! More ms drafts, more revisions, more submissions, more rejections, and maybe, just maybe, an acceptance...

See you next year!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

HIGH FIVE #23: Interview with Cynthia Kieber-King

If you're here for the Christmas picture books giveaway, it's in the previous post. Just another day or so to enter that contest. But please feel free to stick around and visit a while.

Please welcome Cynthia Kieber-King, another debut picture book author! I hope you have time to stop by and read her wonderful story before your holiday festivities get underway. 

Title:  Habitat Spy
Author:  Cynthia Kieber-King
Illustrator:  Christina Wald
Publisher:  Sylvan Dell Publishing
Release date:  April 2011
Word count:  172
"Told in rhyming narrative, Habitat Spy invites children to 'spy' the plants, invertebrates, birds, and mammals living in North American habitats: backyard, beach, bog, cave, desert, forest, meadow, mountain, ocean, plains, pond, river, and swamp. Children will have fun discovering the characteristics of each habitat as they find and identify the resident plants and animals, while learning about what living things need to survive."
Here’s a big HIGH FIVE congratulations to you for your debut picture book!

Question ONE: 
What are three of your favorite picture books? Just three mind you.
Only 3?! No fair! Here’s my try:
  1. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf - who can resist this poetic sweet bull?
  2. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann - so cute and funny!
  3. Wonders of Nature by Jane Werner Watson - a beautiful meditative walk through nature

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