In the Spotlight with Author Merrily Kutner

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Last year I attended the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) South Coast Winery Retreat and met Merrily Kutner at one of the round-table seminars where she was leading the talk on eliminating unneeded dialogue in our stories.  Merrily is an instructor with the UCLA Extension Writers Program and an award-winning author. She is a great editor and writer and I am so happy to feature her as she is a real pro!  She helped me with both Gerry the Giraffe and Clarence and the Traveling Circus and provided some great advice on how to cut back on unnecessary words in the story.  This skill to only use words that help push the story along is something that can take years to develop for a writer.  We had a chance to talk about her inspiration and process. Tell us a bit about your journey of becoming a children's picture book author? It was a long journey and it … [Read more...]

Halloween Giveaway

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BOO!  Another year of goblins, pumpkins and zombies are upon us!  This is probably one of my favorite time of year as I love just about everything there is about this time, including the weather, style of clothes and of course Halloween!  I have so many great memories from Halloween as a kid and this was always a fun holiday in our household.  I am one of those neighbors who can barely make it through September before I start decorating for Halloween.  So, together with me mate Charly James, and our participating sponsors - we have come up with some fun and spooky Halloween goodies for Penelope's mates including: $25 Target card from Hamaguchi Apps (http://www.hamaguchiapps.com/) 2 $10 iTunes gift cards from Ellie's Games (www.elliesgames.com) $10 iTunes gift card from Penelope the Purple Pirate (www.melissanorthway.com 5 promo codes from PicPocket Books for Boo! … [Read more...]