I thought I knew about co-authoring a children’s book when I started writing Just Between Sam and Me with Rosie Russell 17 months ago.
I learned a ton since we began collaborating on our tale for tweens. Co-authoring can be an exciting adventure. It can also be a nightmare if you don’t find the perfect writing partner as I was lucky to do with Rosie.
Join Rosie and me as we kick off a four-part series about cowriting in conversation with my fellow Tar Heel author, Carol Baldwin. This week, Carol talks with us in a video segment about how we entered into our partnership ... a task more challenging because Rosie and I live 1,500 miles apart and met in person only once.
We also share tips o Carol's blog after the video to ensure your writing collaboration succeeds before you write a sentence.
Hey, if you post a comment and drop your email on Carol’s blog, Rosie and I will send you a link to a free download of the first chapter of our new tale for tweens, Just Between Sam and Me. How cool is that! (offer ends 9 September 2020)
Ready to join us?
Click below to Carol’s blog
for our convo about starting a co-authoring project.
P. S. Come back 17 September to explore more in part 2 of this conversation.
Rosie and I discuss how we manage nitty-gritty details of our collaboration
– from collecting royalty taxes from authors living in different states
to file-sharing and writing roles
– and navigating bumps on the co-authoring road.
Another giveaway for one lucky winner, too.
See you in September!
Lift Your Bibliophile Heart During COVID with a RAP, Really Awful Poem, to Celebrate Book Lovers’ Day
Book nerd here. Freely admitting that books are my best friend, especially in a pandemic. Now more than ever, they help me cope and escape the headlines.
To celebrate Book Lovers’ Day on 9 August in Coronaville, I channeled covid-fueled frustration into a cringe-worthy new RAP – Really Awful Poem – telling how books have been my lifeline in 2020. Have a read, maybe a giggle or two, but only if you dare. It's really awful!
Hey, please be sure to scroll to the end for more bookish fun:
* Watch the RAP from this post as I step waaaay out of my comfort zone in my first narrated YouTube video.
* Find more love book from California to New Zealand and everywhere in between with my awesome #Gr8Blog pals as they celebrate Book Lovers' Day, too.
A Bibliophile's RAP (Really Awful Poem)
to Celebrate Book Lovers' Day
Covid 2020 Edition
by Cat Michaels
with deepest apologies to true poets everywhere
Covid’s got my head in a spin.
Makes me feel our world cannot win.
Everywhere I look –
Fright, anger and despair.
So I turn to books to escape outta there.
Only pure escape is what I keep
Chick lit ...
Beach reads ...
Or light fantasy.
Anything to make my heart
do a little dance-asy
Maybe even some happy-ending science-fiction!
Truly, anything gentle
to take my mind off our global affliction.
Sometimes I download digital
on my tablet to read.
But mostly it's audiobooks
that fill my need
So I turn up my buds
I’m spinning away.
Off to faraway places I'll play.
I might be on a sunny beach in Nantucket.
Or roaming English countryside,
picking wildflowers with a bucket.
Doesn’t matter where.
just places Covid-free, please
for breaths of sweet germ-free air!
How I yearn to stand close,
with ease and no resistance.
Out of time.
Can’t think of more to rhyme.
So I’ll close and just say,
"Wretched Corona Virus,
you GO AWAY!”
But lastly, the most important part.
It comes with passion
and straight from my heart.
To everyone, I plea:
Let's stick together
and make this
wretched pandemic flee.
* Stay well
* Spread kindness
* Wear the mask
* Join the vax'd
Please don't forget!
Check out my YouTube channel below
to hear me narrate my Really Awful Poem.
It's my first RAP recording,
but you already know it's really awful, right [wink].
Even more book love for you ...
How a chance encounter with a mystery novel
turns a book-hating teen into a bookworm
Three paradoxical takeaways
from Brene Brown’s self-help books
Characters in a book are like friends
Best horror tropes in books and movies
Fun facts, quiz and book giveaway
It's hard to stay upbeat in this marathon pandemic that's been going on too long.
How are you staying positive during Covid? Are you reading more or less these days? What genre/kind of books draws you in? How might books help you cope? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.
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