24Dec
2016
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Mixed Messages

Mixed Messages

I’ve been writing transitional books for eight years. It’s been a bit of a challenge because the books straddle a gap between picture books and chapter books. The age range can be from second to fourth grade, depending upon reading ability, and as a read-aloud for younger children. But the books definitely have ‘meat.’  The […]

29Nov
2016
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It’s Complicated

by Chrysa Smith When I was writing for magazines, life was easy. I did my research, conducted my interviews, fact-checked, wrote the story, edited it, rechecked the facts and submitted it. Period. The end. That was then, as a submitter of work to a higher authority. Now, I am the higher authority and I must […]

17Nov
2016
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To Preschool We Will Go

What fun! Having a picture book means that I get to talk to the youngest audiences–preschoolers. And as they say, “Kids say the darndest things.”    Most memorable was the little boy who looked at the cover, saw the poodle jumping through the ‘o’ in poodle and commented: I bet he got stuck in there. […]

05Oct
2016
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Location, Location, Location

by Chrysa Smith I just returned from my first book festival of this school year. After 90 days of no rain, the heavenly host decided to drop some tears on the earth; less than ideal for any event involving paper. So exhibitors were ushered into school gyms and auditoriums, abandoning all pre-planned layouts. The end […]

31Aug
2016
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Wanting to Write; Needing to Sell

by: Chrysa Smith In every life comes a juxtaposition. In mine, it’s how to split time between production and distribution. Between creation and utilization. Between wanting to write and needing to sell. Some prophet once said that a writer should write everyday. Yes, that would be nice—well, in theory. But the truth of the matter […]

24Aug
2016
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A Picture Book? Never! Have I Said this Before? Maybe—

by Chrysa Smith I know. I said it once before–at least. It was when talking about my easy-reader series: The Adventures of the Poodle Posse, from the eyes of a feature magazine writer. (Never say never!) Now in it’s eighth year and fifth book, the series has done amazingly well with transitioning readers just an […]

18Aug
2016
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Are You Still Writing?

What do you do? It’s one of the first questions you are asked when you meet someone new. And almost always, the answer is welcomed with a kind word or an inquiry for more information about the job. And so it goes with writers initially; at least until you see someone for the second time. […]

04Aug
2016
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The Road to a Calling is never a Straight Line

You never know where writing is going to take you. This is what I tell students during my elementary school author visits.   It might sound like some vague, empty-worded statement. But I can honestly say that it’s been tried and true for me, as I’ve spent the better part of the past three decades […]

28Jul
2016
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Creative Writing for Teens: Tips from an Award-Winning Author

Children say the darndest things. It was a program back early in my time, if not before, and it couldn’t be more true. As an author who visits schools, I can honestly say that when I do writing workshops with older elementary students, I get some of the most in-depth, thoughtful  and interesting works I’ve […]

20Jul
2016
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Author Visit

Why Invite an Author to Your School?

Some schools do it every year. Other’s have never had an author come into their school to speak to their students. It costs money and requires planning, preparation and yes, maybe a little inconvenience. So why do it? Of course, I’m just a tad bit partial. But with a push to read, inviting an author […]

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