Friday, January 30, 2009
I do not flash undignified
Blinking for attention
Require fifteen META tags
Prodding your direction.
No need to power-up for me.
I’m cookie, bug and virus-free.
My editor checked snopes for me.
So you can trust me worry-free.
I am your book
Come dive inside.
Let’s take a ride.
© Jill Corcoran 2009
Poetry Roundup is at Adventures in Daily Living.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
When you write poetry and picture books, every word counts. And the quest for the perfect word becomes a roller coaster of ups and downs, twists and spills until one word socks you in the stomach, simultaneously exhilarates and scares as you're jerked into the final turn and giddily exit the page . You read and reread, out loud, the sentence, paragraph, page, manuscript until you know in your writer's heart that you can move your reader to feel, see, touch, smell, taste, experience, live and recreate your story in their imagination.
Once you write something down and give it to your reader, the words are no longer yours but a shared experience of your black and white and their color. You can't sit on their shoulder and explain the feelings they're suppose to experience or cue a laugh track, so picking the perfect words, the words that evoke the images you want to create in their minds, is how you make your words feel.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Today, after many people told me to start 'tweeting', I joined Twitter. I have no idea what to do with it but I seem to be attracting followers so I better figure it out soon.
If anyone wants to find me on Twitter I am here: http://twitter.com/JillCorcoran
Oh, and if anyone wants to educate not only me but also my blog readers about Twitter, please leave a comment. Plus, if you are on Twitter, leave your link.
Monday, January 26, 2009
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES LITERARY AWARD WINNERS.
Marvelous Marketers-Martha Mihalick, Greenwillow Books
Sunday, January 25, 2009
BOOK PUBLICITY: AN INTERVIEW WITH PR COORDINATOR SARA DOBIE
Friday, January 23, 2009
Just a few years ago, I was a riddle poem virgin. I had heard of riddles. I wrote poems. But I had never heard of riddle poems. Now, thanks to my UCLA children's poetry teacher, Madeleine Comora, I LOVE RIDDLE POEMS.
I remember getting to class early. I had completed all of my homework that week except the riddle poem. For some reason I had a writer's block that was holding me back from poetically riddling. I had three little kids at the time and I was officially sleep-deprived. As I lay my head down on the blank, college-ruled paper my eyes fixed on something in the distance. I immediately jerked my head up, grabbed my pencil and the following spilled on to the page:
WHAT AM I?
I have two eyes
and one round nose
for putting plugs
to make things go.
Don't stick your finger in my eye
for if you do -zip zap- you fry.
© Jill Corcoran 2009
Since that first riddle poem I have found I have a knack for poetically riddling. I have written a number of collections ranging from Rollicking Rowdy Riddles to Halloween Riddles to Sports Riddles to School Riddles and more.
I have found that kids LOVE riddles. When I teach mask poems in the classroom, riddles are the perfect form of poetry for distracted students and reluctant readers. Reading my riddle poems to the class is a joy because every kid is vying for me to call on them so they can proudly shout the answer. When teaching riddle poems, follow my mask poem lesson but make sure to tell students to include concrete clues in their poems so readers can figure out the riddle. To me, a perfect riddle is challenging but solvable.
For fellow riddle poem lovers, be on the lookout for J. Patrick Lewis and Lynn Munsinger's SPOT THE PLOT! A RIDDLE BOOK OF BOOK RIDDLES, Chronicle Books, 2009.
Monday, January 19, 2009
REPORTING: A DAY OF PUBLISHERS PRESENTATIONS (NOW WITH MORE LIBRARIANS)
Also, thank you to the following publishers for marketing their authors and illustrators to librarians at this event: ABDO Group, , Candlewick Press, Consortium, Feiwel and Friends, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Lerner, Little Brown, National Geographic, Peachtree, Rosen, and Sterling.
Friday, January 16, 2009
THE BLUE BETWEEN
by KRISTIN O'CONNELL GEORGE
Everyone watches clouds,
naming creatures they've see.
I see sky differently,
I see the blue between--
The blue woman tugging
her stubborn cloud across the sky.
The blue giraffe stretching
to nibble a cloud floating by.
A pod of dancing dolphin,
cloud oceans, cargo ships,
a boy twirling his cloud
around a thin blue fingertip.
In those smooth wide places,
I see a different scene.
In those cloudless spaces,
I see the blue between.
by ALICE SCHERTLE
The bottom of the world's
with just enough room
for a frog alone.
The walls of the world
are of stone on stone.
At the top of the world,
when I look up high,
I can see a star
in a little round sky.
Karen Edmisten is hosting today's Poetry Friday Roundup.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I say, play to your strengths. For me, my strength is helping kids tap into their creativity as well as showing them that they have it in them to write better. My school visits are hands-on writing activities and working with kids to show each and every one of them that they are amazing writers. Often, the students surprise not only me by what lays dormant within them, but themselves.
Here are some examples of my favorite programs:
Poetry in the Classroom: Music-Art-Poetry
Poetry in the Classroom: Mask Poems
Poetry in the Classroom: Haiku I & Haiku II
Poetry in the Classroom: Acrostic Poems
Poetry in the Classroom: Father's Day/Mother's Day/etc Poems
I have a lot more that I have not yet blogged so stay tuned:)
How do you conduct school visits?
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
BookEnds, LLC — A Literary Agency: Attitude Matters
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN HARCOURT PUBLICIST JENNIFER TABER'S MARKETING AND PROMOTIONS ADVICE FOR LAUNCHING YOUR NEXT BOOK
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Why would you not? You are trying to establish your name, and your name is your brand. This enables your publisher to position you on their list, and makes it far easier for them to justify the costs of marketing and promotion.
Further down the tracks, when you're more established, I'd certainly be supportive if an author felt a strong pull to write something very different. I represent authors not books, so I'll look after my authors whatever they write (if I think I can sell it)."
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
"Some people have a ton of natural talent, and some not as much. But I honestly believe in the power of hard work and drive. I've certainly read my share of manuscripts that I felt were so far from publishable that I was tempted to tell the writer to give up. But I will never, ever, ever do that, partially because I just don't have the right to do that—this is such a subjective business—and writing that I might think is bad, another editor might really love. But also, I'll never ever tell anyone to give up because I've seen writers improve so dramatically through hard work, research, and honing their craft. We all have to start somewhere. Each thing you write is a stepping stone—a step closer to the finish line.
"As Julie Andrews said, 'Perseverance is failing nineteen times and succeeding the twentieth.' We've all heard the stories before. Dr. Seuss's first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street was said to have been rejected by 28 editors before finding a home at Random House. According to Internet sources, anywhere from 'several' to eight or twelve U.K. publishers turned down Harry Potter before Bloomsbury offered a contract. And Kate DiCamillo suffered through 470 rejection letters before Because of Winn-Dixie was published. What if any of these authors had stopped trying? If your goal is to be published, think of everything you do now as a step closer to your goal. If you write one book that doesn't seem to be working, move on to your next book—not every book you write will or should be published. Life is a journey, and so is your path to publication. Enjoy yourself along the way." .....Alvina Ling
P.S. Alvina's words have been added to KEEP WRITING!