There is so much that has happened it truly is hard to keep up with. It's exciting, it's overwhelming, I'm working hard to scale.
Here are a few updates of what I have brewing for the rest of the year.
I applied to the Rutgers University One-on-One Conference for Children's Literature. I have no idea if I will be accepted or not, but it looks like an incredible value and I'm taking a chance. That is in October in New Jersey. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
I am taking part of a few conferences this summer:
The Vermont College of Fine Arts Summer Residency Writing for Children and Young Adults and Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference in August. Both of these have pitch opportunities to big editors, so I'm excited for the opportunity to pitch my new manuscripts to a panel of editors who will hopefully want to produce the book with me!
In addition to the conferences, I am flying to Nashville, TN to pitch Island Girls to a big distributor. As some of you many know, one of my biggest struggles has been keeping up with the demand for Island Girls. I have wanted a distributor on my team and this is a very rare and exciting opportunity. Think of this like Shark Tank- I'll have 5 minutes to sell these guys on me and Island Girls which would be such a huge breakthrough for me. Please send me good vibes, this will happen over the weekend of August 18. I am excited and nervous, I could not pass up this opportunity!
In addition to the conferences and reading camps, I am taking part of a few conferences and working on revisions for two manuscripts for editors at pretty big publishing houses. One for a new picture book I wrote and one for my middle grade novel.
There are so many exciting things happening and I'm so thankful for your support and encouragement to keep writing and making a difference for our oceans!
So much more to come!
All my best,
April has been a busy month of many school visits! I absolutely love connecting with kids and hearing their ideas of how we can all work together and make a change.
I still have a few more schools to visit this week and also the Richmond Book Festival this weekend.
Kidlit Contests are all around!
I'm participating in this week's contest called the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest --
Find a gif and write a spring-inspired story. Blossoming flowers? Sure! Easter eggs? You bet! Mothers day? Of course! Anything related to Spring is yours for the telling.
1. Your story should be geared towards kids ages 12 or under.
2. Choose a gif to inspire your story.
3. All gifs should be child appropriate and in no way be derogatory towards any faith, race, etc.
4. Now for the dreaded word count! You have 150 words. That’s it! No more but less is always welcome.
Writing with such small word-counts is always tough but I felt up for the challenge.
Thank you so much to the hosts for another fun #kidlit writing exercise! I went back and forth on what kind of story I wanted to write and I actually ended up writing two stories-- one about the Easter bunny and one about... spring at the beach. After reading both, it was clear that my beach story was stronger. Every class and conference I have been to says write what you know best... and I know the beach.
Enjoy my entry below inspired by the GIF by O2 Slovakia, source:
Happy Spring, y'all! Best of luck to all of the #SpringFlingKidlit writers!
Spring Beach Senses
A twinkle of light starts the day,
Blair has travelled extensively all over the world. She and her husband enjoy taking their kids on big adventures together. Blair writes children's picture books for all ages! Most of her stories are inspired by life events. They feature kid’s curiosity, love of the environment, laughter, and fantasy.