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The 2015 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market Is Out — Here Are 8 Reasons to Buy It (and Naturally I’m Giving Away Books!)

The 2015 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market is out and available in major bookstores! What better way to celebrate its release than a giveaway contest? The CWIM a great resource guide for writers of picture books and novels for kids (young adult, middle grade) as well as illustrators. The new 2015 edition of the...

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The 2014 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market Is Out — And Here Are 8 Darn Good Reasons to Buy It (and Naturally I’m Giving Away Books!)

The new 2014 edition of the Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market is updated and packed with info. Now in its 26th year, the newest edition still provides great market and submission/contact information for book publishers, art reps, international publishers, literary agents, contests, magazines, conferences and more. Read on to hear from several best-selling authors...

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RED DOG Book News Roundup: Book at Urban Outfitters, “Whine at 9″ Podcast Interview, and I’ll Be at Books by The Banks in Cincinnati on Oct. 20, 2012…

The big news concerning my own writing is that my new humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL, is in Urban Outfitters. Exciting! Because of the close of Borders, getting your book into any specialty markets -- be that Urban Outfitters, Lowes, Michaels or anywhere else -- is very important....

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Gnome Attack Roundup: We Sell Japanese Language Rights; Screenplay Being Written; “Attack of the Garden Gnomes” Marching Band Music Actually Freaking Exists

1. We sold Japanese rights to GNOMES! This is very exciting. We sold Italian language rights in mid-2010 but had lacked any good overseas news until this month. It was a nice bit of good news, because you make little sums of money for every territory you sell to overseas. Hopefully, it will sell...

Gnome Attack Roundup: Fine Gardening Interviews Me, and I'm Headed to Kirtland, OH on June 19 to Battle Giant Gnomes (Seriously … Kind Of)

It’s summertime and gnomes are everywhere. I feel like I’m taking crazy pills—there are so many. I haven’t been writing about book news recently because I’ve been too busy reinforcing all my basement walls so gnome warriors don’t tunnel and kill me from below with little axes. Did you hear about the latest swarm...

2011 Guide to Literary Agents is Out!

The book is finally out and available in major bookstores! The new 2011 edition of Guide to Literary Agents has more than 20 brand new literary agencies never before listed in the book. I realize there are other places you can turn to for information on agents, but the Guide to Literary Agents has...

Gnome Attack Roundup: Interview Roundup

Since the announcement last week that Sony & Robert Zemeckis were optioning the film rights to my book, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what happens next in the process. Truthfully, there’s not much to tell. At some point, a screenwriter will be chosen (not me) and when a draft is finished,...