You all are reading Betsy's FUSE #8 blog, right?
Betsy is as generous and warm as she is smart. Her blog, and the enormous effort she puts into it, is a gift to all of us. She did not start her blog for money or publicity, but as the Forbes' article says:
The length of Bird's posts are unusual, even by blogging standards, causing even her biggest fans to brand her a maniac. A recent entry ran 8,000 words, with 51 images, 60 links and 11 videos. And that was just the first of a 19-part series. Bird says she only has time to blog four to five hours a night, given her full-time job as children's librarian at the New York Public Library. Those late hours have paid off. So far, she has parlayed her blog's popularity into four book deals and a recent appointment to the Newbery Prize Committee, dispensers of the Pulitzers of kidlit.
Bird launched her blog on blogspot in 2006 with the curious title of Fuse #8, named after a faulty car part. "The fuse that turned my car into Linda Blair," says Bird. Two years later her blog was discovered by staffers at School Library Journal, owned by Reed, who offered her $500 per month and a small cut of ad revenue to move the site to SLJ.
Thank you, Betsy! You and your amazing spirit are one of the elements that make the kidlit biz a great place to live and work. You Go, Girl and may many more amazing opportunities and book deals come your way. All well deserved.