SEPT. 12-14 @ Franklin, TN.

Jennifer Cholderika, key note speaker, Sat. 8:30-9:15 a.m.

Joyce and I arrived at the conference on Saturday morning less than five minutes before the Saturday sessions began.  With humor and deep insight, along with  projected images, Jennifer shared her story.   I was awed when I realized I was listening to the 2005 Newberry winner,  Al Capone Does My Shirts —a book I’d read in 2005 and again this year.  

 As the session was winding down I looked at my conference materials and found a delightful discovery.  I’d been assigned to have a critique session with none other than Jennifer Cholderiko!  

Let me break that down for you.  When we registered for the conference in June we had the option to pay for a critique session for 15 minutes with no idea who would critique our work.   During that time the critique leader goes over your strengths-weakenesses iof the 10 pages you have sent to him/her plus a synopsis.

I submitted a manuscript I’ve recently finished writing with the strong, insightful help of Laura Backes,  Children’s Book Insider, editor.  I’ve some revision work to do but Jennifer  was very positive concerning my submission, Where the Rabbits Dance!


Al Capone does my Shirts  has sold over a million copies and is in circulation world wide.