Archive for April, 2008

Who’s going to BEA (Book Expo America)?

As a children’s author, I’m wondering whether to attend BEA and what’s in it for me?  Yes, there is a children’s author breakfast on Friday.  Yes, there is a Writer’s Digest/Book Surge sponsored conference on Wednesday, which looks to be mildly interesting. But is this worth my while to pay for plane tix, hotel, conference at 199.00 and the breakfast, plus other meals over three days?  Who out there has attended and has positive or negative comments about the experience?  Is this really the “BEA-all and end-all of the publishing industry events?


April 16, 2008 at 5:35 pm Leave a comment

Children’s writer’s query letter

Last night, during my critique group, we analyzed two member’s queries.  One was a picture book query and the other, a middle grade novel.  One theme became evident: Before you send your query out, besides the obvious grammatical and spell check fine-toothing, make sure your book description sounds like a book jacket blurb.  Show you know, not only what constitutes strong marketing skills and tension-filled paraphrasing, but also what hooks an editor to want to read more.  This will rise your query above the chaffe and reveal you as a seasoned professional, whether you are or not.  An excerpt woven into your plot description doesn’t hurt, either– something like …Just as Billy sank into exhausted sleep, sandwiched between two quilts from the bed, he heard a flapping outside the window.  As he pulled up the window shade, a shadow winged past in the darkness.  Then, his father’s voice: ‘I did nothing wrong, nothing wrong.  Always remember.’ Billy bolted up, belly twisting, nose burning from the urine smell.  As “mistai” the owl, had his father come to him in a dream?  Or, was the ghost his father? (Excerpt from query for “Ghost Over Boulder Creek”– a middle grade history/mystery.)

April 14, 2008 at 2:08 pm Leave a comment

9News video on children’s writing

Tuesday, February 26, 9News Denver ran a feature story on PeasePod Books! See an excerpt below or click the link to view the full story and a video of the news piece on

The following story by Kim Christiansen , 9NEWS Anchor/Reporter. Copyright KUSA*TV, All Rights Reserved.

Magical and creative, that’s how Elaine Pease describes her grandmother, a woman who enjoyed writing and even self published her own book in the 1940’s.

More than 65 years later, Pease has tapped into her own creativity and become an author of children’s books. Her first picture book “I’ll Never Leave” is the story of a little leaf determined not to leave the big, beautiful tree she’s become so attached to...

click here to view the full story on

April 9, 2008 at 5:06 pm Leave a comment

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