Mentor Monday: Lisa Wheeler

I crossed my fingers when I asked Lisa if she would consider being interviewed for this blog series. I know she’s talented, wise, and proficient – that’s obvious from her body of work in the children’s book industry — but I didn’t know where she stood on mentoring. Lisa has professionally critiqued three of my picture book manuscripts (one sold so far!)… Read more »

Another Pair of Eyes

Lisa Wheeler (, picture book author extraordinaire, shared this resource for free critiquing from industry professionals. Yes. You read that right.  The website is: I tried it out and Margot Finke was my critiquer. She did a great job finding the sticking points in a new picture book manuscript. And she did it for free, quickly,… Read more »

Lisa Wheeler and Spinster Goose and Publishers Weekly

Just wanted to cybercongratulate Lisa Wheeler her mention in the “about the artist” column of PW Children’s Books Spring 2011.  Lisa and illustrator, Sophie Blackall, are highlighted for their book, Spinster Goose: Nursery Rhymes for Naughty Children.  Lisa has been a sounding board for me and continues to deliver fun and engaging books. Check her out!

A little heavy, a little light and some Yeah!

Heavy:  If you are interested in middle grade historical fiction (the genre in which my chapter book will live), you must read Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli.  Lisa Wheeler ( recommended it to me and she was right on.  It’s a powerful, heart-pounding, shocking account of the atrocities of WWII told by a 6 or 7… Read more »