More good news for another snowy Friday

REGIONAL AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS . . . there’s two this week!

Congratulations and a mighty woo-HOO to mega-illustrator Susan Detwiler for the release of Big Cat, Little Kitty, Sylvan Dell Publishing, written by Scotti Cohn!

Big cats are fierce predators that roam the world from the mountains to the deserts. How are these wild cats that hunt for their food the same as pet cats that might chase a mouse or ball of yarn? How are they different? The award-winning prequel to this book, One Wolf Howls, introduces children to counting and the months of the year as they watch the seasons changing. This sequel introduces children to the days of the week as they travel to seven different world habitats to meet the big cats, and then back home to compare and contrast the domestic cat’s behavior to that of its relative. Compare/contrast big cat predators to little kitty cats each day of the week.

Click here to see the trailer!

Susan also illustrated One Wolf Howls by Scotti Cohn, Sylvan Dell Publishing 2009, which won the:

    2010 Silver Nautilus Book Award
    Maryland Blue Crab Honor Book
    Recommended by the Kansas National Education Association

and she illustrated Pandas’ Earthquake Escape by Phyllis Perry, Sylvan Dell Publishing 2010, which won the:

    2010 Mom’s Choice Award: Children’s Picture Books
    USA Book News “Best Books 2010” Awards Finalist: Children’s Picture Book

Again, congratulations, Susan!

And congratulations and a mighty woo-HOO also to Lois Hoffman whose poem, Mountains, Mountains, has just been accepted by Literature 4 Kids, and for starting her new blog,!  Great job, Lois!

Lois has also given us the . . .


    Besides writing, I am also a children’s entertainer (The Juggling Hoffmans).  I wrote a story that I was about to send out to a publisher(s), but it would also be great to read aloud/perform/storyteller type bit during my show.  If I perform the story, is it then still usable as an unpublished manuscript? I am not planning to have it in written form at my show.

Seeing how I am not an expert on this topic, I took this question to Rosemary Stimola, one of our guest speakers at the upcoming Spring into Action conference.  In response, Rosemary doesn’t see that such a read-aloud performance would preclude submission as an unpublished manuscript.

Thanks, Lois and Rosemary!

Have a wonderful, snowy weekend, everyone.  And here’s something to think about:

    “You can’t wait for inspiration.  You have to go after it with a club.”–Jack London.

So while you’re snowed in, break out the club and write something great!  🙂


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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3 Responses to More good news for another snowy Friday

  1. Lois Hoffman says:

    Laura, Thanks for the shout out and for fielding that question for me. You are doing a great job with the blog!

  2. Arlene Finocchiaro says:

    I am inquiring as to any specific SCBWI guidelines for agents/publishers who require email submissions. How do you know if your submission is received and not considered spam? What information may be different as to the format of the query, i.e., date, whole address of agent? Do attach a picture book manuscript of 2 to 3 pages or include it as following the query? I have read some recommendations on line but would like some input from anyone who has emailed submissions.

    Thank you.

    • Laura Bowers says:

      Hey, Arlene, thanks for asking a great question! I’m not familiar with proper email submission format, so I’ve shipped this question to those who will be able to help you out. You’ll hear from us soon!

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