What’s happening Wednesday














I’m busy! Considering the awful economy and the uncertainty in the publishing industry, I consider myself blessed to have so many opportunities. As of yet, I haven’t experienced that workload lull that I’ve heard about from so many others. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Big news: I have a literary agent. I am pleased to announce that I am now represented by the wonderful Caryn Wiseman of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Caryn rocks. With more than 125 books sold since 2003, she is one of the hottest literary agents in the children’s book biz. She’s an editorial agent, which means she’ll help tame my WIPs before any editor will ever lay eyes on them. I’m excited to work with Caryn, she’s already negotiated by next book.

My next books: I can’t yet talk about them in detail. But I can reveal the authors–Eve Bunting and Kelly Starling Lyons.

Eve Bunting is Eve Bunting. Nothing more to say . You can’t get any more ubiquitous than Eve Bunting. I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with this author.

Kelly is my friend and colleague at The Brown Bookshelf. She’s the talented author of ONE MILLION MEN AND ME (2007), TEA CAKES FOR TOSH and ELLEN’S BROOM (2012). Kelly has written a wonderful, emotion-packed story. The book will publish in 2013.

At the Texas Book Festival in a couple of weeks, I have the honor of introducing one of my favorite author-illustrators, Kadir Nelson. During his session he will discuss his newest book, HEART AND SOUL: THE STORY OF AMERICA AND AFRICAN AMERICANS. Indeed, I’m one of his biggest fans, but I’ll try to keep it cool and not slobber all over myself during the introduction.

Well, I could go on, but I need to prepare for tomorrow’s school visits in Corpus Christi. Be back soon.











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