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Signed Book Giveaway-Martin’s Big Words

Martin's Big Words

Martin’s Big Words

Mr. Brian Collier

Mr. Brian Collier

It’s giveaway time. This past November I met Brian Collier at an SCBWI writing conference. Brian is an illustrator and shared his road to success story with us.

Brian and I with Martin's Big Words

Brian and I with Martin’s Big Words

Signed Copy by illustrator Brian Collier

Signed Copy by illustrator Brian Collier

He spent hours each day walking the streets of NYC dropping off his portfolio to publishing houses. He was determined to get his work noticed and never gave up until he did. He made a comment that stuck with me, “It’s not there until it’s there,” he said. I think as writers we can understand this statement. We dream of the “one day,” but the dream is just a dream until that “one day” finally comes.

I was hoping to get an interview with Brian for the blog, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to get in touch with him. I did however manage to get a signed copy of the book he illustrated, Martin’s Big Words, The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King. This book received many awards including the Jane Adams Children’s Book Awards, Blue Ribbon List, The Caldecott Honor Book, Best Children’s Book award and several more.

Brian’s illustrations are amazing. He is a gifted artist who conveys the emotion of the picture brilliantly. If you ever get the chance to attend a conference where he is speaking, I highly recommend you go. He’s funny and knows how to capture his audience.

Just one of the beautiful pictures you will find in this book.

Just one of the beautiful pictures you will find in this book.

Here is the summary on Amazon:

This picture-book biography is an excellent and accessible introduction for young readers to learn about one of the world’s most influential leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Doreen Rappaport weaves the immortal words of Dr. King into a captivating narrative to tell the story of his life. With stunning art by acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier, Martin’s Big Words is an unforgettable portrait of a man whose dream changed America-and the world-forever.

Anyone who comments on this blog will be entered into the giveaway. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own this signed book.

I will leave the contest open for comments for one week. Next Wednesday I will announce a winner.

Good Luck!

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Free Writing Conference-(Pass it on)

If you are a kidlit author, I have exciting news to share with you today. A bunch of talented writers have joined together and arranged to have a free (yes, I said free) writers conference online. Who are these brilliant writers? They are Elana Johnson, Casey McCormick, Shannon Messenger, Jamie Harrington and Lisa and Laura Roeker along with their web designer Jennifer Stayrook. These lovely ladies developed WriteonCon. It is their way of paying it forward. They recognized how difficult it is for many writers to attend conferences because of finances, family obligations and career demands, so they teamed up to bring a conference to us.

When? August 10-12th (Registration begins July 1rst).

Who will be there? An impressive list of industry professionals such as:

Michelle Andelman ( A literary agent for Lynn C. Franklin Associates).
Josh Berk(Author of The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin and fellow Pennsylvanian).
Catherine Drayton (a well sought after literary agent for Inkwell Management).
Daniel Ehrenhaft (author of more than a dozen books for children and young adults and editor for Harper Collins).
Lindsay Eland (author of the well-talked about Scones and Sensibility).
Author P.J. Hoover.
Mandy Hubbard (Author of Prada and Prejudice and literary agent for D4EO).
Mary Kole ( Literary agent at Andrea Brown Literary).
Author Lyndsey Leavitt.
Steven Malk (Literary agent for Writers House).
Mark McVeigh (founder of The McVeigh agency).
Author Jodi Meadows.
Kathleen Ortiz (Associate Agent and Foreign Rights Manager at Lowenstein Associates).
Anica Rissi (Executive Editor at Simon Pulse).
Joanna Stampfel-Volpe (Full time agent for the Nancy Coffey Literary and Media Representation).
Suzie Townsend (Literary agent for Fine Print Literary Management).
Daisy Whitney (Media business extraordinaire).
Lisa Schroeder (Author).
This is an event you cannot miss. Further details can be found at WriteonCon.
I love to watch people pay it forward. Together, we can help each other become the best we can be.
Who are you looking forward to meeting?

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