Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rip the Page! A conference success story

Participating at two Writers Conferences this month, I'm often asked to share conference success stories and wanted to share the success behind the just-released RIP THE PAGE! Adventures in Creative Writing.
While there are many how-to writing books recommended at conferences, I’ve always longed to be able to recommend a book that would offer equal parts --- direction and fun!

Karen Benke presented her idea for just such a writing book during a critique meeting at the 2008 Writers League of Texas Annual Conference in Austin, and both her big idea and her fabulous background as a poet and writing coach immediately intrigued me. When she submitted her proposal a few months after the Conference, her writing was golden. While it felt that there were nuggets of gold in the Proposal, the project needed some polishing so that it could shine as a trade book. Having spent many years in editorial and marketing departments, I knew the fabulous writing was a great start but that we needed to build a strong case to publishers for this book!

Karen and I worked on Proposal strategies including linking her book to popular non-writing books that had a similar fun factor (ala Keri Smith), and tapping Karen’s fabulous connections in the writing world for some early endorsements (which continued to grow and grow as you can see from the impressive contributors list and great early praise!).

"RIP THE PAGE! is fun, sassy and zany. It's a great resource for writers of all ages -- and for teachers of creative writing--who want to put the zing bck in their writing." -- Julia Alvarez, author of RETURN TO SENDER

This week Shambhala will release RIP THE PAGE! Adventures in Creative Writing. It’s hard to believe that just two summers ago, Karen shared her book idea at a little table in Austin. From that meeting I now have just the book I’ve always wanted to share at those little tables in Austin, in Los Angeles, in Portland, and in all the other places where writers might need a bit of inspiration----and, most of all, a lot of fun!

Look for Stefanie Von Borstel on agent faculty at the SCBWI (Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators) Annual Conference in Los Angeles on July 30- August 2, and the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland on August 5 – 8, 2010.

RIP THE PAGE! Reading and Workshops will be held at:
Saturday, August 14, 3pm:Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA. Saturday, August 21, 2-4pm: Lyon Books, 121 W. 5th Street, Chico, CA.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Good Morning America cooks with Bean Appetit!

Good Morning America features Shannon Seip and BEAN APPETIT with healthy kid-friendly, recipes to please the pickiest eaters!

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For sample recipes and more information about the book, please visit:

Monday, July 19, 2010

Parents Magazine Q&A

THE BILINGUAL EDGE is featured in the August issue of Parents Magazine (pg 187) ---a HUGE circulation more than 2.2 million readers!

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A German-language edition of the book is now available through PARTHAS VERLAG.

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