A week of good and bad…

This week has been a bit crazy.  On the negative side, I caught the stomach flu from hell.  I should have known that this virus was bad when all the people at my grandfather’s nursing home started wearing face masks to avoid catching it.  Unfortunately, nobody offered face masks to us visitors, so both my mother and I ended up catching the crud after visiting.  I must say it was the sickest I have been in at least a decade.  However, I powered through and am now on the mend…kind of.

Now, on to the positive stuff that I would much rather dwell on.  First of all, I just signed a contract for a 3rd picture book!  It’s funny how after years of submitting manuscripts and receiving rejections, that I finally seem to have broken through.  Within the past year and a half, I have had three picture book manuscripts accepted by three different publishing houses.  I consider this a real victory, especially considering how the economy is doing right now!

Other good news:

*I will be reading my recently released picture book, “Ode to Icky” to my first elementary school classroom this coming Wednesday!  The plans were finalized this week, so hopefully it goes well and I sell a few books there too!  I will be talking to a couple classes at the same school that day, so I’m excited!  I also have another school lined up to do an author meeting with, so I guess I need to learn to be a little more outgoing and leave the hermit side of myself at home.

*The Dayton Metro Library system is considering stocking each of their library’s childrens departments with “Ode to Icky”.  They also might have me come in to do some author readings/talks.  This is great news since the Dayton Library system is pretty big and reaches a large population here!

*Since my grandfather’s physical condition has stabilized somewhat for right now, I am slowly returning to my full workload, and just this past week decided to start doing book reviews for other children’s authors again.  I love reading and reviewing children’s books, so I’m excited to have the time to do so once again.  I already have accepted a few author requests for reviews, but I do have a couple spots left.  Feel free to contact me at Shojobeatgirl@live.com if you have written a children’s book and need a review (right now I am requesting physical copies rather than ebook copies whenever possible, so please keep that in mind).

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