Mid-Week Notes

Three quick things this week:

  1. By the end of today, I will have five book manuscripts in the market. They range from picture books to a novella to novels in verse. Yesterday I decided to start work in September on a new historical YA novel in verse. Timeframe: 1951, America.
  2. I’ve been thinking of unearthing the scads of picture book biographies that have been lingering in the drawer for years. Erika Dreifus mentioned her new mentor text this morning: a biography of Judah Touro, published by Kar-Ben in April 2020. What are your favorite PB bios?
  3. Writing Chai is going to gear up again on July 26. Unearth your creativity, meet the blank page with fervor, and turn your raw material into writing you love. If you’re interested in writing to timed prompts on Sundays, please send a note to me at barbarakrasner(at)att(dot)net.

Continue to be safe, wherever you are.

About Barbara Krasner

History writer and award-winning author Barbara Krasner writes Jewish-themed poetry, articles, nonfiction books, and novels for children and adults.
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5 Responses to Mid-Week Notes

  1. “Mentor text”–what a great phrase! Thank you–and good luck with everything that you have going on.

  2. Yes, the author just told me! And of course, I have another single-episode mentor text: GOLDIE TAKES A STAND!

    • True! What I don’t know is whether most PB bio authors actually conduct primary research. Candy certainly does, because she’s a historian. I did for Goldie. I had people throughout Wisconsin scouring archives on my behalf. I just wrote a bio for hire about Emma Lazarus. Lucky for the editor/publisher during this COVID-19 period, I had all the primary document copies at home since I’d been researching her since 2005. Just because a book is for kids doesn’t mean we skimp on due diligence.

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