Thursday, October 8, 2009

S is for Story

Last night I had the pleasure of meeting author/teacher/facilitator/speaker Esther Hershenhorn at my local SCBWI chapter meeting. Esther is the author of a fabulous new book for children (and us writers) titled S is for Story: A Writer's Alphabet published by Sleeping Bear Press. This wonderful book is beautifully illustrated by Zachary Pullen. Isn't the cover fantastic?
Esther is the former Regional Director of Illinois SCBWI. Not only is she an author, but she teaches adult "Writing for Children" courses and facilitates Young Writers Workshops at schools.
Last night Esther detailed her journey from proposal to publication for us. Sleeping Bear Press alphabet books are all similar in format. They share the ABC's in rhyming couplets for little ones to enjoy, then there is a sidebar with further information about the topic (about 180 words worth of info). Esther also added a quote from an author for each subject as well. One of my favorite quotes in the book is by Linda Sue Park. Esther called her up to ask her for a riveting quote on plot for the letter P. She came up with a great one: "If everything goes smoothly, it's not a story!"
After she spoke, Esther signed books for us. Here she is signing one for my three kids.
Esther is such a lovely and lively woman. Her presentation was informative and entertaining, and I love her new book. Visit Esther on her website and blog! Her recent blog entries tell more about S is for Story!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I love going to book readings and signings with my kiddos. The authors are like rock-stars to my kids! :)


p.s. sounds like a great book. I'll check it out!

Ello said...

What a beautiful cover! And you are active in your local chapter huh? I've not joined yet. Still mulling it over.

MG Higgins said...

I had the pleasure of hearing Esther speak at a writer's conference a while back and she was quite "lovely and lively." I love that you got your picture taken with her!

Sophia said...

Wow...looks like you had a great time! LOVE the book! I am going to check more of it out. :)

Thanks for sharing.

adrienne said...

I love the quote! And I think I need to get out to more book signings.
Looks like a very cute book.

Bish Denham said...

Love the quote! And that cover, like he's hanging on for the ride of his life.

Keri Mikulski said...

Sounds like fun!! :) Glad you had a great time. Love the cover. :)

Angela said...

Great (and apt) quote. Must have been wonderful to hear her speak.

PJ Hoover said...

Oh, how fun you were able to go! I think she came to one of our conferences a few years back and I was duly impressed.

Christina Farley said...

Lovely cover! I love book signings. But I haven't been to one in so long living here in Korea. Sounds like you had a blast!

Kelly said...

Donna- I haven't attended many book signings, I can't wait to bring my kids to one!
Ello-I wish I could attend more local mtgs, I go to a few a year. The day they meet is tough for me with the family's schedule.
MG-She was such a vibrant lady!
Sophie-Thanks for checking it out!
Adrienne-I am going to try and go to more signings, too. I really haven't been to many.

Kelly said...

Bish and Keri-I know, that cover is so expressive!
Angela-That quote is so simple, yet says so much!
PJ- Yes, she was impressive in her presentation as well as her credentials.
Christina- I did! I need to go to more signings!

Sliding on the Edge said...

You are right, Esther is a wonderful speaker. Great picture of you two together.

Rena said...

Sounds like a great book. Glad you had fun.

Anita said...

I do love the cover. I'll give it a looksee next time I'm in B&N.

Ron Smith said...

I've met Esther before. She is truly a cool lady. Glad you had a good time.

lawoodrow said...

I went to the same discussion. Esther was great.

FYI ... I just got a note on my brand new blog from you and thought I'd check out yours ... maybe I'll see you at the next SCBWI meeting in November. I'm a regular at the Far Northern Suburbs one.