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Why this blog? (And where’d I go for 4 1/2 years?)

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You may notice (ahem) that there is a wee time gap in this blog. When I started blogging several years back, I was working on the manuscript of my first novel. I wanted to be a part of the ongoing conversation around books and publishing in the kid lit world.

I was excited to plunge in, but the demands of writing took over, so I took a hiatus from blogging.

Some years later. Manuscript is done. My wise and wonderful agent, Sarah Crowe, patiently helped me to revise, and is now seeking a home for said manuscript. And I still have all the same questions, plus a few more.

I’m curious about where books and storytelling are headed, given this technological revolution we find ourselves in. I want to understand what the opportunities are for telling and delivering stories in new ways. I hope this blog will explore:

  1. What’s the state of ebooks, and other emerging forms of books today? What’s the basic vocabulary? As a physical-paper-book loyalist who doesn’t own a tablet, and an author who wants to stay up to date, remain relevant and take creative risks (without totally selling out what truly moves me), what do I need to know about the ebook industry? About this tech and kids’ books? I need a nuts-and-bolts vocabulary, and I need reasons to be inspired instead of overwhelmed. And annoyed. Maybe you do, too.
  1. What’s being done today in this field, especially for kids? What’s rising to the top, and what can we learn from the best? I’m talking about not just ebooks, but authors using digital in creative ways to extend the story. (For starters, think Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka. That’ll give you a sense of where my heart’s really at.)
  1. Beyond the new technologies, what else is pushing the boundaries in books for kids? Whether it’s new ways of reaching reluctant readers, topics we haven’t touched before, diverse voices and characters, or subversive ways to get the message out in a newly Orwellian world—what’s on the cutting edge? And what can those on the front lines tell us about how kids read and relate to books that are busting up categories and boundaries? The ones who actually put books into kids’ hands--librarians, teachers and parents.

Let me know what questions you have about this world, and what you think is important to know. Onward.

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