Time to give credit where credit is due. I started the blog under the (indirect) encouragement of Jon Bard, Fightin' Bookworm in Chief at the CBI Clubhouse, and under the (direct) encouragement of Maureen Crisp via the discussion forum on the CBI Clubhouse website. It's a terrific, resource-packed web site dedicated to helping children's authors (aspiring and published) succeed. I owe both of them my thanks, and I must recommend Maureen's writers' marketing blog, Craic-er (see the blogs I follow to the right).
Thanks, too, to Evelyn Christensen, who creates fabulous books for kids. She has a web site with terrific (free!) math and logic puzzles, and I highly recommend that anyone with children check it out. She was the first to respond to my post and encourage development of online materials.
And a bit of news. It is through the CBI newsletter that I learned about the ABC Children's Book Competition. I decided it's time to submit my picture book manuscript, and my goal is to make it as a finalist in the competition. If that happens, the story will be illustrated and posted online with the other finalists for viewers to vote upon. At which point, I will be actively soliciting votes for my story!