How To Thank An Author

2014-08-05 09.06.04The other day, a writer friend posted on Facebook about how much she was enjoying Kidlit Summer School and how amazing all these authors are, sharing their time and expertise, and just in general exclaiming (and if you think I use a lot of exclamation points, you should’ve seen her post. Seriously, it was like a gazillion exclamation points!) over their wonderfulness. And how can you possibly thank authors for this kind of wonderfulness?!

Not to brag, but I’ve got this one. And you can get the answer over at The Muffin today where I share “Saying Thank You To An Author.”

You’re very welcome.


P.S. That’s my specially made thank you note, that goes with my new business cards. Look what’s on the back (Wheee!):

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School’s Out For Summer…(Or Is It?)

Okay, I can’t lie. (Well, I can.  I can actually lie quite well. But not today.)

When I was teaching, I’d be the first to belt out Alice Cooper’s anthem, “School’s out for summer! School’s out forever!” In fact, I’d belt that song out ALL THE WAY HOME.

BUT when I was a kid, going to school, and summer came ’round, I was one of those nerdy girls who …well, missed school.

badge for summer school

There. I said it. And I’m adding this to it: I’M LOVING THE NERDY CHICKS SUMMER SCHOOL!

Oh, my word. I love the forms! I love the homework exercises! I loved last night’s webinar (even if technically, I was watching So You Think You Can Dance at the same time). I’ve loved every wonderful post (Summer School started on Monday, July 21) and I love that these wonderful writers are giving away prizes, too. And you can still register (till July 25th) and join in the fun. (It doesn’t matter if you write picture books or middle grade or young adult or even adult fiction. The subject for this year’s summer school is “Building Character.” Every story needs characters, and this summer school class will help you build your characters into something amazing.)

I LOVE IT ALL. ‘Cause it’s school in the summer, y’all, and I’m still a nerdy girl at heart.

(And that’s the truth.)