This is the blog of children's book author and elementary school teacher, Stacy Barnett Mozer. I blog about my own writing journey, the journey of other kidlit authors, my classroom, and talk about books. Thanks for stopping by. Your thoughts are always welcome (and encouraged).

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Growing an Idea

Sometimes the books I write go through their own journeys. My baseball novel started out as a story about a camping trip. It was based on a trip I took when I was eight. Here's a picture diagram I made for my students about how the story changed:

The original idea, first written as a boy mc and then changed to a girl, was a quiet story that my parents and sister still enjoy. After all, they lived it. As I nurtured this idea and watched it grow, rewrites and critique changed it into something completely different. The story the seed became is about a character who only exists in the world I created for her. But her world is as interesting, exciting, and full of drama as I could write it. Hers is a story to share. 

Have you ever started out with one idea and ended up with something completely different?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

New Authors: Great Books

I hope you will join me in congratulating some of my writer friends on publishing their first book. I can't wait to see them in stores!

Susan Hood recently published not one but THREE first picture books, The Tooth Mouse, Spike the Mixed Up Monster, and Just Say Boo!


Mike Jung's middle grade novel, Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities, releases on October 1.

Tiffany Schmidt's young adult novel, Send Me a Sign, releases on October 2 

Kimberly Sabatini's young adult novel, Touching the Surface, releases on October 30.
Touching the Surface

Visit these author's websites to find out all of the exciting release date and publication events. Have you read any of them yet? Pre-ordered? Leave a comment and tell me about it.