June News

Happy summer!

The second annual #KidLitZombieWeek has come to a close. What a wonderful week it was! So much fun, inspiration, and motivation to dust off those “dead” stories and give them new life– plus prizes! Our pledge prizes have been announced, and our pitch winners will be announced soon. I’m looking forward to reading and critiquing the selected zombie stories! Thank you to everyone who participated this year and to my critique group 6 Ladies & a MANuscript: Sarah Heaton, Kaitlyn Sanchez, Jolene Guitierrez, Kristin Wauson, and Mike Irvine.

Back in February I was delighted to win second place in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Valentiny contest. For my prize I chose the Lyrical Language Lab Rhyme & Meter Crash Course. I was delighted when the lovely and generous Renee La Tulippe offered to upgrade my prize to the Lyrical Language Lab Complete Course! I started the lessons right away, but life got in the way, and I just completed the course this month. I took my time on the lessons and took many hand-written notes, which has always helped me learn the best. I learned SO much from the course and enjoyed the excellent examples of lyrical language in poetry and prose, as well as the various opportunities for practice with scansion, my area of weakness. I recommend this course to all writers, not just those who write in rhyme.

Susanna Leonard Hill’s Mix ‘N’ Match Mini Writing Challenge is coming to a close after seven weeks of writing prompts. The prompts included wants/needs, a cumulative story,  a picture prompt with random words and a secret, turning songs into stories with themes, concept stories in particular settings, relationships and emotions between characters, and a story using a specific beginning and ending. The best part of the challenge was working on the weekly stories with my critique partners and reading all the creative stories!

I’m delighted to be a prize donor this year as well. Thanks, Susanna, for the inspiration, motivation, and FUN!

It’s been a lucky month for me! I won a copy of the delightful picture book That Monster on the Block by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and Luke Flowers, as well as some adorable book swag. My kids and I love this book! Thanks to the author and illustrator for the signed copy and swag!

I won a galley of Winter of the Wolf through Publishers Weekly, as well as some e-book galleys. I look forward to reading and reviewing them. Yay for summer reading!

My little ones and I started reading The Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne (illustrated by Salvatore Murdocca), and we got hooked! I bought the boxed set of the first 28 books in the first part of the series. I’m thrilled at how much my kids, especially my five-year-old son, are entertained and educated by these fun and engaging stories.

I’ll be back for more #thursdayreadthroughs in July! I’m off on a summer road trip with my family till then.

Thanks for reading!

Published by Sarah Meade

Children's Writer

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  1. You’ve had a great month! Congrats on all the wins and now put the icing on your cake with a fun family vacation! Enjoy!

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  2. That monster book looks so cute! How lucky that you won it! I’ll need to see if my library has it. Have fun on your vacation! 🙂


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