Many of you already know this, but on Saturday afternoon I am moderating a panel discussion at the Lititz Kidlit Festival. Needless to say, I was extremely flattered when Sam and Todd from Aaron's Books asked me to participate; however, I'm not sure I realized how nervous I would be. The closer the event gets, the more anxious (and excited) I am getting.
The panel is made up of some fantastic kidlit authors and illustrators; and I just know I'm going to be totally in awe of them. Here's the scoop straight from festival's website:
Several authors participate in a roundtable on writing for their own market, from children’s to YA. Authors participating include: Lisa Greenwald (“tween” literature), Lee Harper (illustrator), A.S. King (teen-lit author), Matt Phelan (illustrator and graphic novelist), Mara Rockliff (picture book writer), Eric Wight (elementary level graphic novelist); the panel will be moderated by blogger and reviewer Julie Peterson (BookingMama).
I have been told that one of my all-time favorite writers and bloggers, Beth Kephart, will also be participating!!!!
In preparation for the panel discussion, I have tried to read at least one book by each of the authors/illustrators. They've all been so good! And for the past few weeks, I have been trying to compile a list of interesting and thought-provoking questions to ask. I asked my husband for a little assistance, and he suggested I ask the blogosphere -- kind of like using a lifeline on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." He also said that I shouldn't be above giving bribes, but I prefer to think of it as an incentive.
So here's the deal: I am willing to giveaway a copy of a fantastic book that I recently read and reviewed called WHEN SHE FLEW by Jennie Shortridge. To enter, all you need to do is leave a question that you would ask of a kidlit author or illustrator in the comments. You can get one entry for every "good" question you leave. I will accept questions until Friday evening (November 13th) at 11:59 p.m. ET; and I will notify the winner the following day! This giveaway is open to those of you with U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only.
If you are within traveling distance of Lititz, PA this weekend, I'd love for you to stop by and lend me some moral support. In addition to the panel discussion, the wonderful folks at Aaron's Books have all sorts of terrific activities planned from Friday evening through Sunday including a Kids' Storytime, a Teen Pizza Party, Brunch with Books, and Writing Wrkshops. You can check out all of the details here.
Thanks for all of your help!