Presenting Author/Illustrator and Publisher…Marissa Moss

A wonderful interview with my amazing editor and publisher at Creston Books, Marissa Moss.

Darlene Beck-Jacobson

Today it is my pleasure to bring you an interview with an amazing woman from the field of Children’s Writing: Marissa Moss.  Not only is she an award winning author and illustrator, she also happens to be the publisher at CRESTON BOOKS, the same place where my book WHEELS OF CHANGE is published. Here’s Marissa:

1. You’ve been a successful and prolific children’s book author for many years. How did you get started in this career?                 marissa photo

I sent my first book to publishers when I was nine, but, of course, it wasn’t very good and didn’t get published. I didn’t try again until I was a grown-up and then it took me five years of submitting stories, getting them rejected, revising them, submitting them over and over again until I finally got my first book. It’s a good thing I didn’t give up in year four!

2. Which of your…

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Picture Book Pass it On

Are you looking for a wonderful cause to support during the holidays? Please check out Picture Book Pass it On.

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Picture Book Pass it On is a literacy initiative that encourages folks to donate new or gently used picture books to children. Picture Book Pass it On was founded by Michelle Eastman in November 2014. Michelle is a teacher and a mom who is passionate about children’s literacy and the power of picture books.

Picture Book Pass it On 3 calls to action:

#1 Post a “shout-out” to celebrate your favorite picture book. It can be anything from posting a selfie of you and your fave picture book kickin’ it, to tweeting a line from one of your favorite characters or scenes, or post a picture or video of you reading a favorite picture book with a child, pet, or loved one. Or blog about a favorite picture book memory from your childhood.

#2 Pledge to donate a copy of your favorite picture book to a local children’s charity or cause…

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A Writer’s Call to Santa

Santa-phone-call-300x169“Santa, thanks so much for taking my call.”

“Who is this?”

“Robin. Robin Newman. Remember me? The children’s book author.”

“What time is it?” asked Santa.

“It’s 7:00 a.m., New York City time. What time is it on the North Pole?”

“Early! Can you call back another time? I need my beauty sleep,” said Santa.

“Of course! But don’t you want to hear that I’ve been a good girl this year? All right, ‘good’ may not be 100% accurate . . . perhaps ‘well intentioned’ is a better choice of words. And ‘girl’ maybe a tad bit of a stretch. How about pre-octogenarian?”

“Robin, since you’re not going to let me sleep, have you been writing every day?”

“Writing every day? That’s a good question. A very good question. You know the beard really looks good on you. Not a lot of people can get away with the beard, red suit, and boots, but on you it looks great.”

“Are you going to answer my question?”

“Oh, right! I mean write. I try to write most days. Sometimes I get stuck on rewrites. Rewrites are really not my thing.”

“What would you like for Christmas?”

“Thanks so much for asking. I would like to sell ALL of my manuscripts.”

“That’s a lot of manuscripts,” said Santa.

“Some of my manuscripts? Three manuscripts? One’s as low as I’m going.”

“I’ll see what I can do,” said Santa, “I get a lot of requests from writers this time of year. You may have to wait a bit.”

“I’d also like all of my writer and illustrator friends to find agents and get book deals as well. And while I’m at it, can you end starvation, poverty, and disease? I’d also like to make a pitch for world peace.”

“Will try my best. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and best of luck to you and your friends with the writing, rewriting, and illustrating. Now, I’m going back to bed.”

“Thanks Santa. Good night! You’re the best. Oh! Do you ever talk to the Tooth Fairy? She didn’t leave me anything for my last tooth. It was a good tooth. All right, maybe not in the best of shape, but in reasonably good shape. Santa? Santa? Are you there? Did you just hang up on me? Seems like we got disconnected. I’ll call you back.”

“This is a recorded message. Please leave your name and number and an elf will return your call in the order it was received. Thank you for calling the North Pole. Happy Holidays!”