October 24th, 2008

David Shannon – inspired and inspirational


Back when Teen was Little Kid, we both loved David Shannon’s “No David.” It’s one of the rare books where an author-illustrator succeeds in both areas. Plus it’s funny and true.

Later Little Kid came to me with a book she had copied from the library called “No Grandma.” In it, grandma gets in all kinds of scrapes, just like David. Later she admitted she had created No Grandma. I thought David Shannon would get a kick out of it. He doesn’t have a Web site, so I made a color photocopy and sent it to him care of his publisher. And we got a nice letter back that all her teachers liked to show the kids to talk about where authors get their ideas and how they are actually real people.

If you would like to know more about David Shannon, click here. And if you don’t have No, David!
you’ve got to buy it. It is pitch-perfect.



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Watch out for the crazy lady


I was riding the exercycle in our basement, reading The Hunger Games, when I heard it. The rumble and roar of the recycling truck. Only our recycling bin was not at the curb. I raced upstairs and managed to push it down our long narrow driveway, past my car, over loops of hose (thinking that what I was doing was not nearly as hard as what Katniss was doing in The Hunger Games). I made it just in time, apologizing profusely. I was conscious of my sweaty, bed-headed, obviously non-bra wearing self.

The guy took a step back. "It's okay, really, it's okay" he said as I babbled on and on. He looked uncertain and a bit frightened. It wasn't until I got back inside that I wondered if he thought I the kind of life where I spend a lot of time apologizing.



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Other tips from the Kidlitosphere blogging conference

I realized I hadn't posted the last of my notes from the Kidlitosphere conference held her about four week ago. Greg Pincus said we should use practical titles in your blogs-words that people might search for. One woman said that after using this tip a UK publisher contacted her about the UK rights to her book. That’s a lesson for me – I am prone to clever blog entry titles that may not clearly describe what the post is about. It was also suggested that tags can help your post be found.

Publicityhound.com was also recommended.

As was creating a Facebook page for your book.

And there’s a whole page of tips here.



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