Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Little Gloat!

I'm guest-blogging over at the Happy Booker today.

Miss fancypants, that's me.

See you there?


Sara said...

Great piece. I don't think it's common to think of writing a novel as writing a book-length poem, but that's how I see it. And children's literature is one of the few fields that lets you do just that, both literally (verse novels) and figuratively (experiments in form.)

You do know about Poetry Friday, don't you? There is no restriction to use only children's poems either.

Laurel said...

I actually didn't know anything about it! Thanks...

And your book sounds amazing. I'll find a copy asap!


Max said...

Hi Laurel. I was looking around your blog but I couldn't find an email to write to.

My name is Max and I do publicity for Fitzhenry and Whiteside Publishers. I was exploring your blog and it's one of the better children's lit blogs I've been to.

I'm writing to see if you would be interested in having Deborah Ellis as a guest on your blog to discuss her newest book "Jakeman" (I noticed you are doing some guest bloggin yourself). She is one of our best authors and I would like to get her some online buzz.

"Jakeman" would be of particular interest to your readers. First, it is a children's book that deals with a worthy, though previously unexplored, cause: children with imprisoned parents. Deborah always writes about human stories that affect her, and this is no exception. Second, Deborah is one of the most popular children's lit authors in Canada. She has won the Governor General's Award, the biggest award in Canadian literature, and her books are always bestsellers. Her name would generate interest on your site.

My goal is for Deborah to have a dialogue with your readers. We'd post an excerpt from "Jakeman" on your blog. Around a week later, Deborah would then take a day on your blog, post an opening statement, and answer any questions and address comments.

I hope you will give this a try. I want to send you a media kit... is there an email I can send it to? If you are interested, I can also send you a review copy.

You can find some info on "Jakeman" at My email is

Thanks, Laurel. I look forward to hearing from you.

Laurel said...

Hey Max,

Oh, my! I'm extremely flattered... this little site is brand new, and just beginning to build traffic, and I think for now I'd like to keep it a personal site. But if, in the future, I open it up to anything but my own ranting... I'll drop you a line.


Julie said...

I haven't been on your blog for awhile (deadlines, vacation etc.), so mazel tov on the new baby (and on managing to continue writing anyway!) I love your post on being a children's book writer -- it's so interesting and so polished, I hope you will get it published somewhere else as well, like the back page of the NYT Book Review -- would be perfect there!

Laurel said...

Ha! From your mouth to God's ear...