Announcing a new picture book release:

Margot Finke’s Rattlesnake Jam is published with loving care by Guardian Angel Publishing.
Wild and wonderful illustrations by Kevin Scott Collier jump off the page.

Rattlesnake Jam is a rhyming romp of a picture book. Crazy old Gran and Pa argue over how to cook up the rattlers he catches. Gran is determined to bottle them into her cure-all rattlesnake jam, yet Pa longs for Gran to make him rattlesnake pie.

Visit the webpage where Gran and Pa hang out and rattlers slither about..

or WIN an autographed copy of “Rattlesnake Jam.”

Harold D. Underdown Visits on Book Bites for Kids

This week Suzanne Lieurance (from THE NATIONAL WRITING CENTER FOR CHILDREN) is hosting Harold D. Underdown on Book Bites for Kids each afternoon (Tuesday to Friday) at 2:00 pm CST. Harold will be offering all types of advice and information for children’s writers. Harold is probably best know for his phenomenal website, THE PURPLE CRAYON, a wealth of information for children’s writers. And Harold has also written THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO PUBLISHING CHILDREN’S BOOKS.

You can call in LIVE and ask Harold a question: 1-646-716-9239. Or if you can’t listen live, use the Book Bites link above where all the interviews are archived.

And when visiting THE PURPLE CRAYON, be sure to check out fellow Guardian Angel Publishing author, Margot Finke. She has featured tips there called, “Margot’s Musings.

Writing for the Children’s Educational Market

Today’s entry is especially for children’s authors. Here is information from Margot Finke (http://www.margotfinke.com/ and http://margotfinke.blogspot.com/), children’s author and one of the CHILDREN’S WRITERS’ COACHING CLUB.

The National Writing for Children’s Center ( http://writingforchildrencenter.com/cwcc/)is the home of the Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club (CWCC) –a growing resource for children’s writers, aspiring children’s writers, and elementary school teachers and/or librarians.
This Thursday, February 28 , 2008, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time,the Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club will offer another excitingand informative teleclass for children’s writers. Rita Milios will present session #1 in her:Writing for Children’s Educational Markets Series – The Lucrative Educational Market: Where Do YOU Fit In?
Find out on Thursday if writing for the educational markets is right for you. When you join, you will receive links to the other three teleclasses that were presented earlier this month.

Picture Book Secrets

Today’s treat is courtesy of Margot Finke and her February Musings at Harold Underdown’s PURPLE CRAYON website. Click on the link below where you’ll discover Margot’s “Checklist for Writing Picture Books,” help on plotting, her “5 C’s of Compelling Fiction,” advice on choosing powerful verbs and adjectives, tips on tight writing, and so much more.
Margot has two other websites you’ll want to visit as well:

As Margot would say, “HAPPY WRITING, MATES!”