Friday, February 18, 2011


There are books that should never go out of print. Well, there are many books that should last a lifetime.

Last night I was browsing my library and discovered that we now have a Young Adult Poetry Section (811) shelved next to Young Adult fiction.  As I was savoring all the YA poetry titles I spied FLETCHER on a slim binding.  BURIED ALIVE, THE ELEMENTS OF LOVE (Athenuem Books for Young Readers, 1996)--- I thought I knew most of my clients' books, books they wrote before I signed them, and most times before I started agenting. But there it was and I consumed it like melting chocolate.


Your ancestors were farmers
from the potato field of Ireland:

"When Grandpa came to America
the dirt under his nails was
all the land he owned."

This summer
behind a weathered barn
I pick raspberries with you

tiny torpedoes of pleasure

that's what you said the moment before you
pressed your lips down
onto mine.
   © Ralph Fletcher

I have chills.

Falling in love, betrayal, jealousy, yearning, all of the emotions...the elements of love permeate BURIED ALIVE's pages. But being that we just celebrated Valentine's Day, I leave you with one last love poem:

The River of Your Breathing

I have never slept with anyone
not how those words are meant

only the time you sleep beside me
at the beach in the broad daylight
eyes closed your face goes slack
I close my eyes and drift away
on the river of your breathing

hear the rhythm of its currents
the places where it quickens
or runs suddenly shallow or
falls off to cool deep waters

a soft steady sluicing stream
I'd love to learn to navigate
       © Ralph Fletcher

Hold on, I have to go find my husband and kiss him RIGHT NOW! But at the same time I am reliving my first love, sensing all of the heat, the intensity that Ralph has released from the depths of my memory....not simply the memories but the feelings, the power, the tenderness, the need.

Thank you, Ralph, for giving me back a little of myself and for giving young adults reassurance that  their feelings are important, universal, and necessary.

There are books that should never go out of print. That should last a lifetime.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


I am thrilled to announce the sale of Shelley's Coriell's fabulous YA debut to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet Books/Abrams

Here is the Publisher's Marketplace listing:

Five-time RWA Golden Heart finalist Shelley Coriell's debut WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE, pitched as THE BREAKFAST CLUB meets WKRP IN CINCINNATI, in which an ex-popular girl, forced to join the misfit staff of her high school's struggling radio station, dispenses relationship advice on a late night call-in show only to find she has a lot to learn about love, loneliness, and lasting friendships, to Maggie Lehrman at Amulet, for publication in Spring 2012, by Jill Corcoran at The Herman Agency (World English).

 Back in March 2010 I posted Shelley Coriell double-finals in the YA category of the 2010 RWA Golden Heart Awards and predicted that Shelley would soon be a YA superstar. I was right!

In 2010 Shelley won RWA Golden Heart Awards for her manuscripts BLOOM and WELCOME CALLER, THIS IS CHLOE. It is extremely rare for a writer to double-final, but then again, Shelley is an extremely talented writer. Shelley has been a  Romance Writers of America Golden Heart finalist in 2009, 2008 and 2007, as well as 2008 Golden Pen winner and the 2008 Kiss Of Death Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence winner!

Shelley is the ultimate professional who understands that persistence and butt-in-chair writing and revising brings about success. This is just the beginning, Shelley!

Congrats to you and Maggie!

I am in Publishers Weekly---as an author:)

Lest we forget the magic of the printed page, this collection of poems by contemporary writers celebrates the joys of reading. "Early in the morning/ dog, book and me/ spend quiet moments/ just we three," writes Karen Winnick. In "Pirates," Jill Corcoran conveys a book-inspired imaginative journey: "I storm/ toward shackled screams/ of a kidnapped damsel./ I swashbuckle through my book's/ CHAPTER TWO." In Yayo's acrylic spreads, an open book becomes a whale's tail, a treasure box, and a drifting raft, emphasizing the transformative potential of words. Tom Robert Shields's title poem underscores the message: "I'll plant in you/ a spring-seedling/ with bursting life/ while you are reading./ I am the book/ You are needing." Ages 4–8. (Mar.)

Contributing Poets include: Contributors: Jane Yolen, Naiomi Shihab Nye, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Karla Kuskin, Kristine O'Connell George, Karen Winnick, Lee Bennett Hopkins, Beverly McLoughland, Michele Krueger, Avis Harley, Tom Robert Shields, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater and ME:)

Just in from ALA BOOKLIST:


I Am the Book.
Hopkins, Lee Bennett (Editor) , Yayo (Illustrator)
Mar 2011. 32 p. Holiday, hardcover, $16.95. (9780823421190). 811.
In this picture-book collection from veteran anthologist Hopkins, 13 well-known children’s poets celebrate how books can take readers on wild adventures (“I storm / toward shackled screams / of a kidnapped damsel”), as well as how plain words can reveal the surprising drama in ordinary things, even the rhyming sounds of a clock: “tick-tock / ding-dong / bing-bong.” Karla Kuskin speaks about the “wonders of wandering / wonderful pages” and “the nonsense and knowledge” the come “tumbling out.” And in another selection, Kristine O’Connell George writes, “riding home from the library, / don’t need a window seat. / Got a great new book to read, / eleven more beneath my feet.” The whimsical, light-toned acrylic artwork extends the metaphors with witty, fantastical transformations of books: in one scene, a dark-blue book cover becomes an ocean, where you can “dive in the sea of words and swim.” Fun for sharing with preschoolers, this will also spark discussion in grade-school writing and art classes. Notes about each poet are appended.
— Hazel Rochman

Sunday, February 13, 2011


SCBWI San Diego Conference overview! So grateful to Natalie Fischer, Assistant Agent at the Bradford Literary Agency, for her fantastic notes from a most wonderful conference. Click on the link and enjoy!


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