Sunday, July 25, 2010

Alan Gratz, mentioned again

I know I just posted about Alan Gratz' new book Fantasy Baseball and the "fantasy book team" that Beth Revis has going on her blog, but this is worth mentioning in another way. As members of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), we have regional groups as well as international groups. The SCBWI-Carolinas' own Alan Gratz recently did a 6-week stint in Japan under their scholar-in-residence program. How cool would that be to have the recognition of your books to be able to spend several weeks in a foreign country? For more information about Mr. Gratz's visit, read Japan's newsletter (they do a bi-annual newsletter; we do a quarterly one) and see how Alan went back to Japan to work with 7th graders writing stories. It seems one of other illustrators for our newsletter (Pen & Palette) was mentioned also - Bonnie Adamson - for all her wonderful contributions to the SCBWI-C newsletter. For comparison, here is the Carolinas' newsletter. I always have to save the files and then open them; seems I can't just open from the website for some odd reason. Hope you all enjoy - E :)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Fantasy Book Team?

As a member of the SCBWI-Carolinas group, I'm still lurking but occasionally will see a post I respond to. We have some pretty cool authors in the group and hopefully I get to meet a good many of them at the conference in September. I already know Carol so that will be one person I know for sure. On our little yahoo forum yesterday, Beth Revis posted her "fantasy book team" from a cover of fellow author Alan Gratz who just shared his Fantasy Baseball cover with the group (click on Alan's name for his fun elevator pitch/blurb about the book). Click on Beth's name and read her "fantasy book team" posting and post your own fantasy book team either in her comments section or on your own blog and post your link in the comments for everyone to read. She will feature the best one on her blog in the near future. I might think about posting a "fantasy book team" here but at the moment I can't even think of any characters I'd want for heros, heroines, villians, let alone a plot and setting - have fun with it - see you all in the postings - E :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Great Sale going on over at

I just did a reorder of bookmarks since I've a lot of events coming up in the next couple of months (August 14, 22, 28 and September 11, 18 and then a conference on the last weekend of the month) - When I placed my order back in February, I paid $35 for 1000 bookmarks. Today, I placed a re-order for that same 1000 bookmarks and my shipping was almost as much as my order. 1000 bookmarks for only $15.75 --- HELLO!!!! -That's 1.575 cents per bookmark. So I thought maybe it was a fluke or something. I tried the order form of 2500 and dang, for about $10 more bucks, I could have gotten 2500 which is right at 1 cents each - you can't beat that. If you are an author looking for great quality bookmarks and are in need of an inexpensive online site, definitely go here and check them out. I've had so many compliments on my bookmarks - the quality that is - that I wouldn't dare pay bigger bucks. A sale - you've got to order at least a small batch to see. See you in the postings - Mrs. E :)

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Modern day pirates; aka smugglers

This is a cross posting from my JGDS blog.

Max Anderson, an acquaintance from several forums, writes books geared for boys. His latest will be available August 1 - check it out.

Lost Island Smugglers is a new action-adventure that kids will love. Find out more here.

"Sam Cooper Adventures are like good, family movies . . . as an ordinary kid finds himself in exciting and extra-ordinary adventures!" Bill Myers - author

"Max Elliot Anderson brings a lifetime of dramatic film and video production to the pages of his action adventures and mysteries." Jerry B. Jenkins, Author

PS. You can also go to the Lost Island Smugglers UPDATE page for more information.

*The above was taken from Max's blog. For more information about Max and his works, follow the links noted above.

Friday, July 02, 2010

MoonZeLent - a new vampire saga

Check out Heather's blog, my new illustrator, and you will find an interesting interview with an upcoming vampire novelist. The cover for this new novel can be found on her website. She is in the process of adding the cover for "Train of Clues" so keep an eye on this young lady as she has some raw talent and is about to embark on an adventure that will hopefully get her known. She is wanting to work with Disney/Pixar studios in the future, so hopefully the work she will be doing on the rest of the JGDS series covers will help her get there. I'm truly pleased with the cover and inside illustrations for "Train of Clues" and can't wait to hold the booklet in my hands.

As new covers in the series are available, you will be able to see them on my other blog and my website.