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Get Published and Paid with Work For Hire Writing

Get Published and Paid With Work For Hire Writing

My picture book series, the Little Elephants’ Big Adventures, is coming out soon! (Fingers crossed that 2020 doesn’t change that.) These books were a work for hire collaboration with Purdue University that began way back in 2016. There are six books in the series (so far) and the first three will be coming out soon. …

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How I Got Started and Kept Going as a Kidlit Writer: Dumb Luck, Divine Intervention, and hard Work

How I got Started And Kept Going As a Kidlit Writer: Dumb Luck, Divine Intervention, and Hard Work

I’ve never publicly shared my “how I got started as a kidlit writer” story. Why? Well… If I’m honest, it’s because my story starts with a lot of dumb luck and divine intervention. In fact, I never even considered myself to be a writer, let alone a good one. Let’s start at the beginning. How …

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2019 Kids books for every age and stage

2019 Book Gift List for Kids at Every Age and Stage

Yay! It’s time for me to gush about some books and convince you to buy them for every child you know. This has become a yearly tradition for me. (For five years now!) I admit – I get excited going through my Goodreads list and rediscovering the books I’ve read that year. I get less …

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I Pray Today Lessons, activities, and resources for classes and families

I Pray Today: Free Lesson Plans, Activities, and Resources

  In addition to writing children’s books, I also write and edit curriculum for all ages. One thing I love is using that expertise so that my readers can enjoy my books even more. I Pray Today is written for the littlest booklovers – babies and toddlers. But the themes and ideas are big ones. …

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How Children's books are Made: Part 1. The Truth About Illustrations

How a Children’s Book is Made: Part 1. The Truth About Illustrations

Being an author is a funny thing: everyone has heard of your job. (Unlike my husband – a systems architect.) But people don’t know what it is I actually do. (My husband and I have that one in common.) Whether you’re a writer hoping to publish a book or a kidlit lover who is curious …

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New Year 2019

Happy New year! Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

It’s nearly the end of 2018, folks. It’s been a great year for me writing-wise.   Looking Back at 2018   2018 in Writing I published my second board book, I Pray Today, and I had my first-ever blog tour.    I revised my novel and got two new work for hire picture book contracts – …

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2018 Successes – And Why Writers Sometimes Need to Brag

Right now I’m participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge for Writers. Each day there’s a small reflection. Yesterday I shared the Day 2 reflection on Instagram. View this post on Instagram Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas Challenge for writer's by @juliefhedlund is about what surprised you in the past year. …

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Free Printable Bullet Journal for Writers

FREE: Printable Bullet Journal Inserts for Writers

2018 has been a great year for me – for starters, I published my second board book: I Pray Today! I’ve been wanting to share a little love for all the writers who have helped me along in this journey. So today I’m sharing a free printable version of my Bullet Journal spreads. I’ve developed …

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2018 List of Books to give to kids: Kids books for every age and stage: Baby to Teen and everything in between

BIG List of Books for Kids: 2018 edition

It’s that time of year again: where I try to convince you to buy books for every child you know this holiday season. This is my fourth year putting together this list (!!!). It’s always a lot of fun to look back at what I read over the year – like revisiting old friends. I …

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Announcement: Visiting Scholar and October Author Visits

I don’t know about you, but September was a whirlwind! I Pray Today was published I had a blog tour all last week October is looking to be just as chaotically and beautifully busy. I’ve got a full load of travel and speaking engagements this month. This week I’ll be at Purdue University as a …

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