Today I want to blog about Susanna Leonard Hill and her blog (http://susannahill.blogspot.com/ ). She has great ideas and it is a treat to visit her. Really, she usually has some yummy chocolatey thing to eat… But chocolate aside, there are a variety of reasons to visit her blog.
The most obvious is Perfect Picture Book Friday, of which I participate each Friday. I read and review a picture book, find resources, say why I loved it and Voila! My Friday blog post. Susanna has a linky list on her blog on Fridays and we hop around reading each others PPBF reviews. It’s fun and has created a community but that’s not the least of it.
Susanna has a site on her blog called Perfect Picture Books where all the books from all of us for over two years have been alphabetized, organized according to themes and also to bloggers. This is perfect for teachers, librarians, home schoolers and parents looking for a particular book. The best part is that each book has a teacher guide or resources that that special person can use to expand their knowledge of the book.
Another wonderful event Susanna has is her Wednesday pitch posts. Wednesday’s she devotes to writers sprucing up their query letters with a pitch and asks her readers for tips and whether they would read the book or not. Usually at the end of the day the writer who has been brave enough to put their pitch out there has a good idea of how to make their pitch stand out for that agent or editor waiting to publish their manuscript. And once a month there is a comment from a real agent for the most voted on pitch.
Mondays are usually devoted to a writer’s question. Susanna has answered many pertinent questions about the art and craft of writing in general and picture books in particular. She has even established a class for writers called Making Picture Book Magic or http://susannahill.blogspot.com/p/making-picture-book-magic.html . I’m taking it myself in April when I’ve finished my online memoir course class called “Write Your Life Story” by Eva Shaw.
As you can see, I am one of Susanna’s fans. And her blog is one I don’t want to miss.
Susanna not only has a great and outstanding blog, offering contests and much more than I’ve gone into detail here about but she is a great and outstanding person. Recently she approached me with “Yet another hair-raising scheme” about giving a child, a hospitalized, sick, five-year old, a linky list of ready-made posts to go to in search of reassurance, comfort, and encouragement. It was a huge success.
I highly recommend Susanna. After reading this and you would like to visit her, click here http://susannahill.blogspot.com/ to go to her blog.
- Making Picture Book Magic (loniedwards.com)