Thursday, December 31, 2020
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
I'm excited to share that I will have a big announcement coming soon! More details to come on January 1, 2021!
Because of my announcement, I will be raising my pricing menu over at The Picture Book Mechanic Critique, Consultation and Mentoring Services. While you will be paying a little more, you will be getting a little more bang for your buck! You'll find out why, in just four days!
However, because you have all been such wonderful and supportive clients, I wanted to give you a heads up and allow you to pre-purchase items for next year at the current pricing.
If you are going to be serious about becoming published in the next year, I recommend my "Month of Mentoring," which can be broken up over a longer period than one month.
I have not had time to update my website with my many accolades, but I can certainly provide referrals upon request.
This offer ends December 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM. No exceptions.
Also feel free to check out Rate Your Story for Ratings and Feedback.
I hope to have the opportunity to assist you on your journey to publication!
Sunday, December 20, 2020
Down in the Dumps from the 2020 Grumps?
Turn that Frown Upside Down and
Start Your New Year Off Right with
First Pages with Callie and Lynne (January 22, 2021) 6 PM EST
I'm excited to announce our *third* FIRST PAGES with Callie and Lynne! Twice the Feedback from two authors / editors!
Please feel free to share with your Critique Group!
Clickable Link Here: https://tinyurl.com/1stPageswithCandL
PLEASE NOTE: Spork and it's imprints (Spork, &MG, Blue Whale and an exciting new one, coming soon!) are closed to submissions, so this is a good way to get your work seen!
Friday, December 18, 2020
The inspiration for this story was born of a very special night of my own. Hearing of a spectacular Leonid Meteor Storm, we set our alarm for 4 AM, bundled up, and trudged outside, with lawn chairs and blankets in hand. We waited. We watched. The meteorological predictions did not disappoint. I’d never seen anything like it. The next morning, I wrote down my impressions. And then a story began to take shape. In the early stages, it was centered on the magnificence of the meteor storm itself, but I knew to be a story in the true sense, it had to be about something even bigger. I realized that as much as I loved witnessing the storm, those with whom I shared that moment and the time spent together, were equally important. Nature connected us that night, in a quiet, meaningful way. For the four of us, individually, it remains one of our favorite life moments.
Full Synopsis:Outer space is out there for exploring, and Captain Milo is ready for takeoff! If only he didn’t have to wait for his Second-in-Command—or as he also calls her, Mom—to report for duty. Yet Mom’s list of daily tasks grows ever longer, and she can’t launch until they’re done. So, like any good captain, Milo offers to help!
When the weather forecast predicts a middle-of-the-night meteor storm, Captain Milo wants desperately to witness it. But will his Second-in-Command have enough time to accomplish this magical mission with him?
In lyrical prose and charming illustrations, Kathleen M. Blasi and Petronela Dostalova capture how the most spectacular night skies are revealed when we plan for the perfect moment—with loved ones by our sides. This heartwarming tale is perfect for space fans and young budding astronauts!
Size: 9.56 X 9.56
Age Range: 4-8 years
Publication Date: 06/15/2021
Active in the children’s writing community, Kathleen has served as Co-President of Rochester Area Children’s Writers & Illustrators and is former Co-Director of the Rochester Children’s Book Festival, for which she and her Co-Director received the 2015 New York State Reading Association Literacy Advocate Award. Kathleen lives in western New York, where, along with writing, she enjoys fostering the curiosity of young storytellers.
Visit her at kmblasi.com to learn more.
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Those who know me well likely know that I absolutely love coffee (dark roast, especially) and collect coffee cups. Many of them are from Starbucks New York and Florida, as well as around the US and the world over. I love the way they remind me of treasured travel memories as I sip my morning coffee and remind me that the world is a wide and wonderful place. Others celebrate the magic of Disney and "one man's dream." Still others inspire me to write, like my Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators from many, many years ago. I even have a Central Perks mug (a present from a dear long-time friend many years ago) to celebrate our friendship and our love for the long-running tv series, Friends.
I enjoy changing out my coffee cup to fit my mood, and deciding whether it's a regular mug or jumbo mug coffee day.
In this holiday season, where so many of us are limited to the world within our homes and spend so very much time trying to be inspired, I thought I would recommend some fun and inspiring coffee mugs to start your day with. I may even make this a yearly tradition.
FIRST LINES IN LITERATURE COFFEE MUG
LAST LINES IN LITERATURE MUG
Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - art by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – art by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- art by Lorna Hussey (Beaming Books 2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- art by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling 2019 and Scholastic 2019) and Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World -- art by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books 2019) and another forthcoming. She’s also the Owner and Administrator of RateYourStory.org. When she’s not cruising around the world, she lives on a lake in South Florida with her family, a Schipperke named Anakin and several resident water birds. Visit her at www.LiterallyLynneMarie.com.