A New Job?!

I’m about to start a new job! I haven’t worked full-time, outside the house, for over 20 years, so it will be interesting!  I’ll be filling in on a maternity leave for at least the next five months – Grade 6 & 7 Core French and Focused Literacy at Northeast Kings in Canning. Krista, the…

Editing my first novel…

I had an hour-long chat with MY editor, Peter Carver on the 22nd.  He had sent me 9 pages of editorial notes a few days earlier. Wisely, I didn’t read them until Don and I returned from a one-night get away to the sandy, but blustery, beaches of Lockeport. I was a little freaked out,…

A Signed Contract!

I mailed off my signed contract to Red Deer Press last week. I can see it would be valuable to have an agent when signing a contract, because I did find a few small discrepancies when reading over the contract, which the publisher was quick to correct for me. Editor Peter Carver and I had…

Speed Writing

In the past several weeks, I’ve written and revised four manuscripts for illustrated chapter books to be used in English Second Language schools for JLS, an English language school based in South Korea. The titles include: The Queen and Mr. Cunningham, The Impossible Dive, The Witch’s Fingers, and The Cheesy Man Giant. They’re all currently…

Caroline Pignat’s Greener Grass wins GG!

I’m so thrilled for Caroline Pignat – her young adult novel, Greener Grass, just won the Governor General’s Medal for Children’s Literature! The book was published earlier this year and edited by Peter Carver (who will be editing my Lost Boys novel as well!) I met Caroline at Peter and Kathy Stinson’s writing retreat in…

A Contract with Red Deer Press!

I’ve accepted an offer from Red Deer Press to publish A Hare in the Elephant’s Trunk. If all goes according to plan, it should be between covers in the Fall of 2010, which is really quick!  As it turned out, I had a second offer, as well as serious consideration from two other publishers, but I know Red…

University Shopping

I flew to Ottawa and drove down to Kingston with Shannon on the weekend.  It wasn’t a planned trip, but WestJet had a really great sale on Friday flights. We stayed with our good friends, Rob and Carole Morrison, (who graciously gave us a super-comfortable bed, despite being busy ripping out half their kitchen ceiling on…

Don Aker and the Writer’s Notebook

I attended a two-day summer institute for English Language Arts teachers during the last week of August (since I might be subbing in ELA classrooms this year).  Wow! I almost wish I’d stuck with pursuing an ELA teaching career, rather than staying home with my kids. The presentations were all great, but YA author, and AVRSB consultant,…

Hazy (Not so) Lazy Days of Summer – at Last!

The humidex is apparently 40 degrees in the Annapolis Valley today. The heat we get here, the kind that makes you feel like you’re moving in slow motion, is so different than in tropical climates. I’ve been spending almost my entire summer revising a number of manuscripts, utilizing my newly-honed skills, thanks to having been…