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    Great post - and I'm sure cathartic too. I printed the Margo Rabb article to leave out at my work at the library, making my blog reading professional development, so thanks for that link too.


    Barbara....Horray for your blog! Can I share a story or two? Seeing you can't answer me here, I will just pretend that you said yes and go on rambling.

    First, I was listening to a children's picture book author present once. The audience was primarily teachers and the author started going off on how, although she wrote picture books, she really did not like other picture book authors as "they were immature" and really "not that intelligent". I bit my lip, but I certainly did not buy a book from her after that.

    Second, a good friend of mine....okay, my own mother, has said the following...."When are you going to write for grown ups?" and "Children's books will be a good lead into adult books won't they?" In her defense, I took her to listen to Ed Emberley speak, and when she realized that this professional, charming, all around great guy wrote and illustrated children's books for a living she turned to me and said "He does this for a living! He's a grown up." She gave me the famous "now I get it" smilem and has been pretty good about my writing for children ever since.

    Hope all is going well. My girls still talk about your party.

    Miss you!
    Julia Boyce

    Barbara Johansen Newman

    Pam, thanks! It really WAS cathartic! God help the next person who says or does something foolish along those lines....

    Barbara Johansen Newman

    Hi, Julia!

    Yes, sometimes even our own families and good friends do not get it...But your was a great story! And it must feel good to know that she finally gets it!

    Give your girls a nice hello from me. Things have been crazy this past year on my home front, but they seem to be settling in.

    So good to hear from you! See you at WP I hope!

    Darren Blair

    Great post! Thanks for the information.

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