Another successful school visit took place this afternoon with 6 classes of Kindergarten kiddos in Frisco ISD. I am always amused and inspired by school visits. This visit proved especially fun thanks to having my own personal fan club in attendance. [Teeheehee!] Thanks, Melissa, for meeting me at the school and helping to pass out bookmarks and signed books.

After the kind librarian, (big thanks to Nancy Fuller,) asked me to share with the second group of kids how I get new ideas for writing, they listened intently. They all giggled when I shared that some of my best ideas come while I’m in the shower. Then, an adorable little girl in a pink shirt shared with us that she likes to write her ideas down while on her bunk bed! Her enthusiasm and declaration led me to share with them that many of my ideas come when I’m just about to fall asleep, thus it is necessary to keep a pad of paper on my bedside table; sounds like this little girl is going to have to do the same in the future. Who knows, maybe she already does . . .

Here’s to the next generation of writers! I’ll be watching for Little Miss Bunk Bed’s first bestseller in about 25 years.

Cheers. 

Posted by Leigh, filed under Children's Writing. Date: April 7, 2008, 8:00 pm | 1 Comment »

This e-vite went out to lots of folks tonight . . . if you were not one of those, please don’t consider yourself any less invited—the more the merrier! Please drop by. If you’d like to send any local friends or family a personal invitation, please send me a note and I’ll forward a PDF copy of the invitation (leigh@leighattawaywilcox.com.)

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Leigh Attaway Wilcox will be signing copies of her new Children’s book–ALL BETTER: A Touch-and-Heal book–on Saturday, February 9th, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 801 W. 15th Street, in Plano, TX, 75025.

Mark your calendars now so you can drop by to say hello and pick up a book or two for the favorite youngsters in your life. (This book makes a great gift for birthdays, baby showers and even Valentine’s Day!) Leigh will be signing from Noon-2pm and would love to see you there.

For more information, please contact Leigh or Julie Rummel-Hudson, B&N Community Relations Manager, at (972) 881-7526.

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Posted by Leigh, filed under ALL BETTER, Children's Writing. Date: January 21, 2008, 11:15 pm | No Comments »

17  Jan
Road Trippin’

To celebrate my friend Becky’s birthday and support another friend, Libba Bray, I am taking a road trip this weekend!

 

The amazing, beautiful, talented and hilarious Libba Bray is signing books at the largest independent bookstore in TexasBook People—on her big book tour honoring the release of THE SWEET FAR THING. Can you think of a better reason to drive to Austin? Not only is Libba a New York Times Bestselling Author, (her young adult books rock!) she is also one of the most honest and genuine women I’ve ever met. Check out this link to learn more about the signing on Saturday in Austin:  http://www.bookpeople.com/calendar_of_events.php?view=detail&id=299 and this link to her uber-cool website:  http://www.libbabray.com/. I simply can’t wait to see her again, even if it is only for a brief moment!

 

My dear, sweet friend Becky is absolutely amazing as well. We have so much in common as we find ourselves in the same “season” of life. Becky’s twin boys, Will & Ben, are 5 days older than Ethan and the boys love it when we actually get our families together. (We had such fun this past summer when we got to explore the Johnson Space Center together.) Becky and I met through SCBWI several years ago and are 2 of the 4 charter member of the invaluable critique group—Serendipity Sisters. (The other two members, Linda & Diane, would’ve loved to road trip this weekend with us, but just couldn’t swing it; hopefully next time, Ladies!) It will be such a pleasure to help Becky celebrate her birthday this year.

 

It is a rare occasion that I do something spontaneous, especially something involving only grown ups, so this is going to be a decadent, delicious trip. Becky and I have plans to stay in a historic Austin hotel and eat a nice dinner, maybe even with a glass or two of fine wine. Sounds good, huh? Scratch that …sounds great!

 

Austin or Bust,

 

~Leigh

  

Posted by Leigh, filed under Children's Writing. Date: January 17, 2008, 5:08 pm | No Comments »

Okay—it isn’t really random … I actually “saw” it coming for the most part. It has been eight months after all. But, rejection still stings, nevertheless!

 

Awaiting me, in a horrendous pile of mail which accumulated during our 2 week “vacation” [see previous posts] over the holidays, was a very kind and thoughtful rejection letter from an Associate Editor at Random House Young Readers Group. One of my picture book manuscripts has been in his hands since we met in April at the Trinity Writers’ Workshop, The Writer’s Edge 2007 conference.

 

While he shares that he still likes the manuscript, he received mixed reactions from coworkers. One sentence makes this rejection tolerable and gives me the “umph” to keep going, revise and submit this particular piece to two editors who’ve asked to see more of my work. If there were only one sentence in the rejection—at this was it—I would still be “okay.” Here’s that one sentence:

 “It’s maddening to have to reject something that I think is almost there, but I’m not in a position here yet where I can choose my own risks.”

                                                                                                                    

The whole letter is honest, explanatory and heartening. I do hope that we will have the chance to work together in the future. I think he will make a terrific full-fledged editor one day!

 (Note: I have purposefully omitted the name of this associate editor. Why? I’m not sure … to protect the innocent?) 

Anyway, here’s to having “tough-enough” skin to endure repeated rejections in the realm of Children’s publishing!

 

~Leigh

Posted by Leigh, filed under Children's Writing. Date: January 11, 2008, 12:33 am | 2 Comments »

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