Sunday, June 24, 2007

ALA Exhibits

This was an awesome experience. I had so much fun checking everything out and putting faces with names. I got a TON of stuff and information. A few bits of information I picked up:
  1. Handprint Books has a new website going up and they have a 2007 Fall catalogue! If you want to check it out you can go to It is just a beta site right now but you can access the new catalog.
  2. Unnamed Editor shared this: Funniest submission was from someone who wanted to share their dinner! Submitted with food on it. Said editor laughed and said, “Even if I loved the story I would NOT have accepted it!” It did make it to the editor’s bulletin board as a shiny example. Same editor said on the thought of spaces after periods. “Doesn’t matter to me personally.” Wouldn’t make or break a story. It will eventually have to be with only one space before print but they wouldn’t reject because of it. (Doesn’t reflect everyone’s opinion may differ even among editors in the same house) Also, one editor in house may accept email submissions while another does not. What does this tell me: Know what your specific editor wants. Yes it does matter how you submit your ms even if it is REALLY good!
  3. Chronicle books—Speaking to a marketing rep in the adult book section. She said that Chronicle is trying to break out of the mold of being known as mostly picture books. They are trying to publish more middle grade and YA titles.
  4. There are A LOT of books out there. If you want to get published you better be willing to put the work behind it. Writing is the easy part!
I watched through the day and was amazed at how things worked. For example, when an author was signing they sold his/her books. When a new author came to sign they brought out their books and the others were set back. When they were promoting one author that is where the focus was. The effort put behind the authors is amazing.
It is amazing how big everything is. The world seems so vast, yet, within the walls of the exhibits everything felt so close. I have heard so many people say that after attending things like this that it is humbling. I agree it is. It is scary because there are so many books out there. There are. To me, it was motivating. Inspiring. Suddenly, it all seemed so much more within my reach. I felt like I could reach out and touch it! Not without a lot of work and perseverance, but touchable none-the-less!

Not pictured below is dlanthomas who I had the pleasure of meeting and spending the morning with walking around! (Thanks dlanthomas it was great chatting and checking everything out!)
Please note below: I watched Lois Lowry start signing early not starte. And my son Kurtis stole my copy of Twisted not stold! (See what you get when you rush to post something.) Oops! just found another-The hot spots weren't not wern't.

Rough, Tough Charley

Rough, Tough Charley
Written By: Verla Kay
Illustrated by: Adam Gustavson

Verla Kay did a great job of entertaining and informing in Rough, Tough Charley. In a quick cryptic rhyme read I was finished with this book and smiling. I am not a historical fan but I am glad that I have added this book to my collection. She has made history fun. And the ending....I didn't expect. Clever, very clever!

Ruthie Bon Bair

Ruthie Bon Bair: Do Not Go to Bed with Wringing Wet Hair
written by: Susan Lubner
Illustrated by: Bruce Whatley
I picked this book up at the ALA this weekend. Susan Lubner was there sporting a Ruthie Bon Bair wig and a smile. A vibrant author, who accordingly, wrote a vibrant picture book. Paired with awesome illustrations, this book tickled my four year olds funny bone. The rhyming text of the story kept it moving at a quick pace. I found myself tripped up a couple of times when the pattern of the rhyme changed, but not enough to lessen my over all thoughts of this wacky tale of some really wild hair!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

8 things about me meme

I got tagged by Stephanie at Colorado Writer
Here are the rules:

a. Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves.
b. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed.
c. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

And here are the 8 Things about me!
1. I like pepper on my popcorn.
2. I HATE when people chomp ice around me. Can’t help it. Drives me NUTS! Can’t stand loud eating either.
3. I get the giggles when I am nervous. I hate this about me.
4. I collect teacups.
5. I love movies and books that make me cry!
6. I’m extremely jealous of mothers who can spend time with their kids and keep their houses spotless!
7. I love singing along with the radio. LOUDLY. I try to keep this behavior to the times when no one is home or I am in the car alone.
8. I find it extremely hilarious to see people in cars picking there noses. Do they really think they are alone?

Okay, so the following people are IT:

Janet Gurtler
Cana Rensberger
Amy Thomas

Tuesday, June 19, 2007


I have decided that I am going to go check out the ALA in DC. Why not right? I am here and I should take advantage of it. I am a bit nervous. I hate venturing out solo. I am hoping to meet some of the great folks from the blueboards! Even if it is to just pop by the booth they are signing at. I thought about dragging my son with me but I think by days end he will be bored out of his mind. At 14 I think he would better spend his time by the pool.

I am excited to see the hustle and bustle and I am in hopes that it will be a huge motivator!

I will post about it all next week!

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


I ordered Hilda Must Be Dancing in April and it got lost in transit! I recieved my reordered copy yesterday. Love - Love - Love this book! My four year old was very happy when I told him this one did not have to go back to the library!

I reviewed this book below. I will still say though if you get a chance to read it do it!

Friday, June 1, 2007

Speak - Review

Written by: Laurie Halse Anderson
This book was a great read. Laurie Halse Anderson did a fantastic job capturing my attention in this first person account of a troubled teens first year of high school. The emotions were very thoughtfully placed in a way that held my interest from beginning to end. She captured the ups and downs and awkwardness of this age brilliantly. I would definitely recommend this book the same as it was recommended to me.