Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Desperartely Seeking Cinderellas (or Cinderfellas!)

fAiRy gOdSisTeRs, iNk

Sneaking up on Surprising writers and illustrators everywhere!

Announcing a $1,000 grant opportunity
for a SCBWI member to attend the
August 1-4, 2008 SCBWI Summer Conference
in Los Angeles.

TO APPLY: Submit a 250 word double-spaced essay
describing what you hope to accomplish
by attending this year’s summer conference.

Send to: fairygodsistersink@yahoo.com

Application deadline: May 15, 2008
Winner will notified on June 1st, 2008

Questions about the grant may be sent to: mlhershey@aol.com

Fairy Godsisters, Ink. is a small, benevolent squadron of children's book authors who believe in the magic of passing forward lucky breaks, bounty and beneficence, as so many have done for us. We are Thalia Chaltas, Mary Hershey, Valerie Hobbs, R. L. La Fevers and Lee Wardlaw.

Back From Hiatus

I guess I’m just going to have to accept the fact that I’m a sporadic blogger at best. I keep trying to do better, but things keep coming up. This last hiatus was precipitated by adjusting to the new PT job (um, that’s part time, not physical therapy) and…tada!...finishing a manuscript.

I’m very happy about that last bit. Finishing a manuscript is one of the best feelings in the world. The only problem is that I am usually so flush and rosy from the joy of having finished it that I can’t read it with even one iota of objectivity. Which is where beta readers come in. So my newest manuscript is off to a few selected beta readers. While I’m waiting to hear back, I’m turning my full creative attention to Miss Theodosia and Book Three.

In other news, the galleys for THEODOSIA AND THE STAFF OF OSIRIS just arrived! Which means we are just that much closer to publication. Yeay! I’ve also had a chance to see the new cover for Staff of Osiris and it is amazing. Once again, Yoko Tanaka has outdone herself. I’ll have to see if I can get permission to post the cover here.

And now, because those of you still reading this blog are true diehards and deserve some acknowledgment, I’m going to have a giveaway!

The first person to leave a comment to today’s post (after my long hiatus) will win a free signed copy of the new paperback edition of THEODOSIA AND THE SERPENTS OF CHAOS.

Which is a fancy way of saying it's out in paperback now! (Although truly, the first person to leave a comment will win a copy.)

And be sure and come back tomorrow when I have a very exciting announcement to make that may just involve a great opportunity for a lucky blog reader!