Friday, October 14, 2011

Texas Book Festival

I was lucky enough to be invited to Austin as one of the festival's featured authors this year. It is held in downtown Austin on October 22-23. Stop by and see my presentation on Saturday or Sunday. The schedule is online at this site. Texas Book Festival. Lots of fun and intelligent talk as long as you stay away from the Texas senators and congressmen. I will be presenting The Green Mother Goose with my co-author, Jan Peck, and signing my other books including Fandango Stew and The Twelve Days of Christmas-In Texas That Is. A good time will be had by all!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Tricks, Tactics, and Techniques from Published Authors: Thoughts on Traditional vs. E-book Publishing

 (Jan Peck and I spent lots of time putting this little book together after we had so many requests for it. It is based on a talk we gave at an SCBWI meeting in Arlington, Texas.)

Book details:
Secrets to getting published and surviving the trials and tribulations of the writing life from authors with 50 years of experience between them. They've published art and writing with: About You! Books, Back Porch magazine, Boys' Life Magazine, Celebration, Chicken Soup for the Kid's Soul, Christianity Today, Comic Buyers Guide, Dallas Morning News, Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin/Putnam), Highlights for Children, Humpty Dumpty magazine, Madison County Journal, Pelican Publishing Company, Simon & Schuster BFYR, Sojourners Magazine, Sterling Publishing Company, Turtle Magazine, The Winnsboro News, e-books, and many other assorted publications. Real answers to your real questions about the realities of the publishing world! How we were broke, broke-in, how we stayed with it through struggles, got published--and you can too!

Ms. Lightfoot has written a book that rivals "The Elements of Style" in its simplicity, clarity and helpful information. There's no literary double talk here. Just page after page of editing insight. The tips on how to use your computer to best editing advantage are especially welcome.  Every writer should have this book in their creative quiver.