August 18, 2008

Summer Reading Daze Come to an End

At the beginning of summer, it's all potential -- long, languorous days to linger over the books I'm too busy to read during the school year. A few classics, for sure. The latest children's and YA titles. Not to mention some of the great titles hubby's been recommending.

Yeah, right!

Our sons returned to school this morning. And I've read a total of six books for adults and six for children all summer. Not bad. But there wasn't a classic on the list. And I never did get to hubby's suggestions.

If you still have time to explore some great titles, check out the new list on Oprah's Web site. It was compiled by the American Library Association, and includes both current children's books and classics for a wide age range.

If you're looking for ideas to promote your novel, check out Shrinking Violet Promotions. Mary Hershey and Robin LaFevers graciously allowed me to do a guest blog, titled: 12 3/4 Ways to Promote Your Novel.

Cynthia Leitich Smith's blog post today is about the 2009 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market -- an invaluable collection of markets, interviews and articles edited by Alice Pope. Thanks, Cynthia, for mentioning my article on your blog today.

Finally, I'd like to wish a wonderful school year to those who sent their children off or are about to, also to those who are educating our children -- THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! -- and to the children themselves. Go get 'em!

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