The Importance of Author School Visits

This excellent post from Nerdy Book Club reminds me once again of the importance of author school visits. The post is written by a teacher, describing the enormous impact an author can have on a school - teachers discussing the presentation, students lining up to read, and students determined to write and illustrate their own work. As a children's author, I see this from the other side. I can … [Read more...]

Oh, Frabjous Day!

Some really wonderful (frabjous!) news..................... First, I've signed the contract for THE LAST TRUE KNIGHT. I'm very proud of this story. A girl who has visions, her brother who has been kidnapped, a mysterious knight, witchcraft, belief, a country in jeopardy, magic, dragons, the stars.................... Second, I signed another contract that I can't reveal just yet but … [Read more...]

Beckoning All Good Things

Some days are like that. You swing from one emotion to the next. And then you stop and take stock and realize there are lessons to be learned. Last Saturday was one of those. It was Indie Bookstore Day, and I was fortunate to be a guest bookseller for a few hours at my favorite indie, Country Bookshelf in Bozeman. It's a job I love - picking out the right book and putting it into the hands … [Read more...]

Sometimes, Silence Is Required

I'm in the midst of a difficult revision. Difficult, because like many of you, I'm very distracted by the world's goings-on. And difficult also because I've been challenged to amp up the work with this next draft. To go deeper, exploring characters and theme more fully, and adding tension to that dreaded middle. I'm not complaining about the challenges, mind you. I want to write the best … [Read more...]

A Teacher/Librarian Lesson Plan Tool Kit

As a former middle school and high school teacher, I know how valuable simple tool kits are - especially tool kits that provide a lesson plan that's fun, engaging, and informative. That's one huge reason why I partnered with Curious City to create a website for THE CHARMED CHILDREN OF ROOKSKILL CASTLE that includes an event kit for librarians to help teach library search skills. Curious City … [Read more...]

“How Can I Get Published?”

The number one question would-be and new-be children's book authors ask authors like me is (no surprise) "How do I get my work published?" I understand, because I asked the same question when I was just starting out. Here's the thing: the publishing industry is a bit of a different animal than most. There's no "shark tank", no product application, no routine "I've got this idea" pitch forum. … [Read more...]

New Craft Books For Writers

Lately I've discovered some new writing craft books that have become staples of my reference shelf. I wanted to share my impressions of these recent releases, so I hope you enjoy. THE EMOTIONAL CRAFT OF FICTION: HOW TO WRITE THE STORY BENEATH THE SURFACE, by Donald Maass (Writer's Digest Books, 2016). I've long been a Donald Maass fan, and pretty much use every one of his craft books … [Read more...]

Announcing A New Deal!

A new book deal for me! Here's the deal announcement from PW Children's Weekly: "Kendra Levin at Viking has signed Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle author Janet Fox's second middle-grade novel, The Last True Knight. Edwina, living in Elizabethan England, sets out to find her kidnapped older brother and avenge her father's murder while disguised as a boy, accompanied by an aging knight … [Read more...]

Get Organized For Teachers!

This week, in a continuation of my focus on getting organized for the new year, I have some tips for teachers to share with you. And please do enter the grand giveaway for a classroom set of GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT, and more! Here again is what the giveaway contains: a complete classroom set of copies (25 copies total) of GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT a hard copy print-out set … [Read more...]

Get Organized For Parents!

Continuing with the giveaway I posted about last week (a classroom set of GET ORGANIZED WITHOUT LOSING IT, plus so much more...), this week some tips for parents who want to help their kids. And parents, if you would like to enter the contest on behalf of your child's teacher or librarian, feel free. (I do want this giveaway to go to a school classroom.) As a parent, I can sympathize if you … [Read more...]