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You know you are challenged when the online submission forms just don’t work for you. I spent a few hours yesterday trying to get one to work for me so that I could submit to a children’s magazine. Finally I did it. Take that you challenge. Just the wonderings of a mind that is sleep deprived from someone coughing all night in one room as another in another room makes several trips to the bathroom.


This is such a hoot to me. How could anyone assume that a smart savvy person like Nathan would not figure out that they faked a personalized query? Read more @

Holiday Repeat: Don’t Fake a Personalized Query

Posted: 30 Dec 2009 09:00 AM PST

Originally posted January 15, 2008

I’m on quite the query kick these days, and there are no signs of stopping the quermentum. Query power! Hop on board the query train! Put your queries in the air and wave ’em like you just don’t care! I’ll stop now.

One of the more hilarious things that people do in query letters (besides ones that are actually funny), is to try and fake me out by pretending they’ve read my client’s books. Having read these books several times each at the minimum, trust me — I know these books. I am not going to be fooled.

So when an author says they can tell how much X author appreciates my work on their behalf based on the acknowledgments in X book…. I’m going to know when I’m not actually in the acknowledgments for that book (yes, this happened).

Pelican Publishing Company, Inc.
CURRENT NEEDS: “Regional, popular history, Civil War, World
War II, biography, politics, cookbooks, art, architecture,
business, self-help, Jewish, Scottish, Irish,
African-American, children’s picture books.” Pays advance
occasionally and royalties of 10%+.

Le Guin Resigns from Authors Guild over Google Deal  





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— Publishers Weekly, 12/23/2009 1:05:00 PM

Bestselling and award-winning author Ursula K. Le Guin, whose membership in the Authors Guild dates back to 1972, has resigned from the organization, citing her unhappiness with the role the Guild played in the Google Book settlement. “You decided to deal with the devil, as it were, and have presented your arguments for doing so. I wish I could accept them. I can’t,” Le Guin wrote in her letter of resignation. “There are principles involved, above all the whole concept of copyright; and these you have seen fit to abandon to a corporation, on their terms, without a struggle.”

By Lynn Andriani — Publishers Weekly, 12/17/2009 7:39:00 AM

Putnam Books for Young Readers president and publisher Nancy Paulsen is launching an eponymous imprint, Nancy Paulsen Books, with the first titles landing in 2011. Paulsen, who has led the division for 15 years, plans to publish 12 to 15 picture books, middle grade and young adult novels annually. She will continue at the helm of Putnam Books for Young Readers until the company finds a successor—a process that has already begun.

Be sure to go to their site and read the rest of the article.

I spent two hours at WalMarts doing grocery shopping and almost forgot that tonight is kidlitchat. Will work on the blog in the morning.

I’m going to have a second writer’s article in the Institute of Children’s Literature’s newsletter. That is one article in January and another one in June which gets me an early start on accheiving one of my goals as a writer.

UPDATE:  My first writers article of 2010 Wallowing in Writer’s Block is out in the ICL newsletter.



I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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My Favorites:

I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold


Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

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