Spring time Showers bring Summer time Rainbows

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Is your spring a bit wet? Here in Maine we have seen our fair share of rain. One of my most asked questions, when I do a book reading at a school is: “What about blue?” If you have read The Rainbow Pants, you know that Peter chooses his pants based on his feelings. I leave out certain colors so that the reader can answer that blue and purple (or indigo) question. I think with all of our rain today I would wear blue in honor of our spring raindrops. But always remember without rain we couldn’t have Rainbows!!! So let the water fall on your face and answer back with a “rainbow smile”.

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School Visits by Authors & a Roadtrip

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I couple of weeks ago I was able to go to a training in Connecticut about how to do a school visit by an author. The one thing I learned when I became a published author is that if you truly want to do this as a career, you need to do other things than just write. Unless of course you are J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, or John Grisham, but even they had to do some leg work in the beginning.

NO matter if you are traditionally published, self published, or indie published you need to learn how to market and promote your book. My background is in teaching and guidance counseling so of course I feel right at home in front of a class filled with kids, or so I thought. I had my first school visit in September and wasn’t sure “what was the right way to do this?” What I learned was there is no “right way”.

At the Windsor Public Library in Connecticut, which was a beautiful library, the training was done by an amazing children’s book author: Alexis O’Neill, who wrote The Recess Queen and Loud Emily. She had great tips about using props and the kids in the audience. She had many other great ideas and we did some small group work. I am very excited to get out there and plan some school visits with what I learned from Alexis.

Of course when not “learning” on this trip I did enjoy all the shopping from Connecticut all the way back home to Maine.

Young Writer’s Groups, School Visits, and The Rainbow Pants

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You may ask why did I choose an owl for this post? Well two reasons:

One I love owls they are so cute, and two it was the school mascot at the school I recently attended.

I was lucky enough this past Monday to visit an amazing school in Maine. The Carrie Ricker school located in central Maine.  It has students from 3rd through 5th grade, who are filled with the awe of writing. Ten authors in all were invited to participate in the “Meet an author day” sponsored by their Oak Hill Young Writer’s club. I was honored to be one of those ten.  I would recommend anyone who is a school librarian, PTO president, parent and/or teacher if you can organize one of these days at your school you should!!!

The Oak Hill Young Writer’s club is a non-profit run by volunteers to instill the love of writing to young people. From what I saw they do a super job inspiring and encouraging. The students asked us many questions from: “where do you get your ideas from?” to “How long does it take you to write a story”.  Then after school, students stayed to have us help in their writing. It was great to hear all of their amazing ideas. I was honored to read The Rainbow Pants to them, share the stage with many talented authors, and meet with some budding writers.

As my calendar fills up with school visits, book signings, and readings I am still humbled to all who continue to support The Rainbow Pants and am grateful to all of you.

Thank you.