Friday, August 29, 2008


BEFORE YOU PACK YOUR BAGS FOR THAT LONG LABOR DAY WEEKEND... Please make a note to yourself to click on over to Stories for Children Magazine to discover the identity of September's MYSTERY FEATURED GUEST!

You'll be so glad you didn't forget! On September 1st, click on:


1) This person "saved" something that had been lost for thousands of years!

2) This person's knowledge and accomplishments will knock your socks off!

Best personal regards, Gayle Jacobson-Huset
Managing Editor Stories for Children Magazine
Editor for: FICTION & POETRY

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Stories for Children Magazine ~ Secret Featured Guest


Find out WHO the BEST-KEPT SECRET FEATURED GUEST is at Stories for Children Magazine on September 1st:




More hints to follow in a few days...:-)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Query and Synopsis Info - Important?

In the past couple of weeks I've had writers asking me if the information contained within their queries/synopsis truly makes a difference to an agent or publisher. Well, let me put it this way so you can better understand:

When you send a query along with your synopsis to an agent, that is the information he uses to 'fight' for your place in that publishing house. There's a 'board' meeting where various editors bring in their own suggestions for a few books they want to see in the upcoming release schedule. Your agent must have the information to better equip himself and make the editor he is proposing your manuscript fight just as hard in that meeting.

They look at the demographics of a book, the market for it, its competition, a slant for publicity, etc. All these elements are what a good agent can take away from a query/synopsis if you provide the information he requests in his literary agency's guidelines.

Lea Schizas


This mysterious guest is the most UNUSUAL Featured Guest in a Children's Magazine ... ever!
Make sure to check it out on
Two more CLUES about our Mysterious Featured Guest:
1) The rest of this person's books are for adults and NOT children. So...what is this person DOING in a children's magazine interview?
2) This person is BELOVED by CHILDREN in a certain area.More clues to follow in a few days.
Best personal regards, Gayle Jacobson-Huset Gayle Jacobson-Huset
Managing EditorStories for Children Magazine
Editor for: FICTION & POETRYemail:

Monday, August 18, 2008

Stories for Children ~ Special Announcement

MARK YOUR CALENDARS ... For a September First visit to Stories for Children Magazine and check out what the BUZZ is all about regarding September's FEATURED GUEST - go to:
First HINT About SFC's MYSTERY FEATURED GUEST FOR SEPT: This person co-authored a Children's Fiction Story based on a true story for our September issue. More clues to follow in a few days. :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Brillante Weblog Premio - 2008

I am simply astounded!
My dear writing friend, Mayra Calvani has awarded me the Brillante Weblog Premio - 2008 Award.
I feel especially honored since this is my second time at this award.
In Mayra's words:
"Dear Donna, I would also like to nominate you for your inspiring dedication to writing.
Best, Mayra"
What can I say...this has brought tears to my eyes for the second time today. The first and more importantly, Jessica Kennedy moving her right wrist for the first time in 10 years!

The Writer's Institute - Magazine Markets for Children's Writers

I am delighted and thrilled to share with you that my cover letter and bibliography for my non-fiction article entitled, "Fishing Through A Frozen Pond," (to be published in Boys' Quest Magazine) has now been accepted as samples for the 2009 publication "Magazine Markets for Children's Writers" issue.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Muse Online Writers Conference - 2008

Don't miss this unique opportunity to attend the Muse Online Writers Conference - 2008!

Our aim and purpose is to offer whatever we can to you!

The Online Writers Conference is aimed to offer you, the writer, whatever resource we can to give you the opportunity to enhance and better your craft, to offer the opportunity to make some contacts to get you to that next level all writers seek and that is to be published.

They understand many writers out there do not have the monetary resources to attend outside conferences, or perhaps they are situated very far and even some may be incapacitated in some ways making it difficult for them to travel. Within the world of the Internet, everything is possible and with this in mind

They offer you this chance to come out, have a chat with our Presenters, ask them questions and even attend a few of our FREE workshops to be held throughout the week.

And remember...this is a smoke-free environment.

Registrations for our 2008 Conference

To be held OCTOBER 13 - 19, 2008 are now open.

To register, apply here:


Thank you

Lea Schizas

Registrations for Presenters are now closed.

If you are interested in sending in a proposal for next year's conference, please email me at:

Place 2009 MUSE PRESENTER on the subject heading and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Once again, thank you for your continued support in our FREE conference.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Brilliante Weblog Promo - 2008 Award

Amazing! I am delighted to share with you that Dyan Garris has awarded me the honor of the Brillante Weblog Promo - 2008 Award.

I first met Dyan when I reviewed her book, "Voice of the Angels Cookbook ~ Talk To Your Food! ~ Intuitive Cooking," and later "Money and Manifesting."

I have always believed in my intuition, positive thoughts, spiritual guides and guardian angels and with Dyan's expertise I have been guided down this wondefully exciting path even further. Be sure to visit Dyan at to learn more about her.

Without further ado I nominate the following:

Here are the rules for the next recipients of the Brillante Weblog Premio 2008 Award, established in 2005:

l. The award may be displayed on a winner’s blog.

2. Add a link to the person who you received the award from.

3. Nominate up to seven other blogs.

4. Then add their links to your blog.

5. Add a message to each person that you have passed the award on to in the comments section of their blog.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Hopscotch For Girls ~ Acceptance

I'm delighted to share with you that my article, "Sports Buddies," has been accepted for publication to Hopscotch For Girls Magazine. The article will appear in the April 2014 issue.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I'm Looking for a Monster

Cruise on over to The National Writing for Children Center - and read my book review on:

Title: I’m Looking for a Monster

Written & Illustrated by: Timothy Young

Hard cover: 14 pages

Ages: 4-8

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

ISBN-13: 978-0-375-84416-4

Publication: July 2008

While you are there, be sure to check out all valuable information.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Another Stories for Children Magazine Article

This is so much fun. My article "How Does Your Daddy Carry You?" is in the August 2008 issue of Stories for Children Magazine. I'm honored to be included with so many other neat stories and articles. Take a look when you have the time.


Have fun.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Daily Musings

Can you see yourself sitting there with a writing pad and your favorite writing pen? I can! Let your inspiration hit...even if you have to close your eyes and imagine this scene.

Today my girls are away with friends and my husband is working. I've used this day to my advantage in several ways. Since we are under construction with our kitchen expansion/renovation I don't feel compelled to clean my house. And for many of you that know me, know that I love to keep a clean house.

To have the house to myself with no interruptions made it a great opportunity to catch up critiquing fellow writers' manuscripts from my critique groups, typing up the draft of a manuscript that I plan to submit to Pockets in conjunction with the Pockets Challenge posed by Lea Schizas at the Muse It Up Club. I look forward to fine-tuning the manuscript and submitting it to one of my critique groups for feedback, updating and inviting friends to JacketFlap, and blogging.

Also, at the encouragement of two fellow writer's I have finally written (actually typed) down my goals that I strive to meet and breaking them down into daily, weekly, and monthly time frames. I find immense satisfaction in checking off my accomplishments as I meet them. It gives me the extra re-enforcement to keep moving forward and that yes, even though an acceptance hasn't come in recently I am truly moving forward.

What inspires or organizes you to keep moving forward? I'd love to hear all about it.

I'm off to check off another item completed...blogging!

Here's to your inspiration!

Friday, August 1, 2008

Agent Search and "Hi" from Rebel

To date I've sent twenty agent queries, both email and snail mail. Eleven have responded. My batting average so far is zero. I may start querying publishers soon. Hey! I've done it before and had better response. I know, patience, patience.

Oh, Rebel says to tell everyone "Hi." She's still waiting for the big day her book comes out. In the meantime she's playing around on the computer. She found a doll that looks just like her. Well, almost.

Have a cool weekend.