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This is a another hit for Nathan Bransford.  Again we see how a writer becomes an author.  For everyone starting out or just needing help please read this.

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Guest post and giveaway! – How and when to revise your manuscript | Nathan Bransford, Author.

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Cover of "The Curious Garden"

Cover of The Curious Garden

So I had the opportunity to meet author/ illustrator Peter Brown at the Tulsa County Library in Tulsa, OK.  I have liked his work since I first seen the book “The Curious Garden” several years ago.  I was searching for an illustrator and came across this book and fell in love with the idea and imagery in it.  It is about a boy who changes his world with just a simple idea.

One of Peter Brown’s other books (and I think I have blogged about it before), Creepy Carrots, received the 2013 Caldecott Honor.  It was a beautifully fun picture book.  My children have enjoyed it immensely.

So while getting myself hyped up for days about what to say  to him I asked someone for advice.  Nathan Bransford told me to “just be myself and have fun!”  This is exactly what I did.  I waited in line with my daughter and our four books, to be signed by Peter Brown, for more than thirty minutes.  As I got closer I realized that I will have to say something cool.

What came out was something bordering blubbering idiot and stalker fan.  I said, “I have loved your books for years.”  He made a joke about one of my child’s names and then it was over.  We were moved aside and left the library with our freshly signed books.

Okay I didn’t get him to look at my picture book manuscript and he didn’t ask me if I was a writer either.  But I enjoyed myself.  I realized that this is what I wanted.  I don’t want to work a job everyday in sales.  I want to visit schools and libraries talking about my books.  I want to sign my books till my fingers bleed.  (Maybe till they are sore anyways)  I know now that I need to follow my dream and keep trying until I finally become published.

 

Books to Treasure 2013 Featuring Peter Brown

Books to Treasure 2013 Featuring Peter Brown (Photo credit: Tulsa City-County Library)

 

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Cover of "Ender's Game (Ender Quartet)"

Cover of Ender’s Game (Ender Quartet)

Being a fan of Orson Scott Card I have read many of his books.  So how did I miss this one?  Or the fact that it is a series?  The only reason I even knew about it was because of the movie coming out later on this year.
I loved this book and was shocked at the end.  Who would have guess?  But I kept wondering. Card takes a young child and puts him in adult situations making serious decisions. Very thought-provoking and intense scenes with bullies and fights.  Children are so innocent and usually make decisions based on what they have seen other children do.  Ender Wiggins was a genius and did things that some adults would never even thought of doing. I was glad in the end when Ender was able to reconnect with his sister.  It would have been a sad life if not.
Now I can’t wait to read the next books in the series. Card has a way with words giving them a deeper meaning.  Philosophy classes or even theorists could spend years psychoanalyzing his work.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3252247-jessica-wilson”>View all my reviews

 

Does anyone have a favorite Orson Scott Card novel?

 

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English: This is a picture of bookshelves in a...

English: This is a picture of bookshelves in a tiny library in upper New York State. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What Role Should Libraries Have in an Electronic World? | Nathan Bransford, Author.

I have said this before about libraries.  But I like how Nathan Bransford puts it.  That libraries could be going the way of the dinosaurs.

The only issue I have is that if I don’t want to buy a book but I have to read it then I want to borrow it from the library.  I would hate to lose an institution that provides a big service to those of us who just wants to read a book and give it back.

Only time will tell what will happen to the libraries in the world. What are your thoughts on this issue? Do you support your local library? Do you use a library to check out an author’s books before deciding on buying?

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Be on the lookout for a feature story.  Starring (hopefully) someone from this writing world ….  famous-authors

Also the news on e-books doesn’t look great according to some.  Authors could be hit with the crazy price cut of their ebooks by companies who want to sell used e-books.  Is it possible?  Could readers really tell the difference between used and new digital books?   Read the full article here:  Used e-books  or  at  What the…

Three children, with bare feet, stand waiting on the hot sand. My middle-grade fictional book is now ready for editing.  Hunting for the right editor at the right price is a gamble. Anyone who knows a good editor for children’s literature, please shoot me a line.

Editing, illustrating and writing tirelessly on my picture book.  I am getting closer to  self-publishing, or cutting the cord, with this baby.

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