Sunday, December 27, 2020
What will I remember about 2020?
Sunday, November 8, 2020
Book trailer for Don't Judge Me
Last week I participated in a chat on twitter with teachers and librarians and many said they like to have a book trailer to show kids when they are talking up a book. So, with my limited iMovie skills, I made one! Feel free to use it at your school, and thanks for your interest!
Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Free virtual pre-recorded visits
I've been trying to figure out how to do some virtual visits this fall when I'm busy working my day job. So here's what I've decided to do - I will record a FREE 30 minute video for you to show to students in grades 4-7 at your school. So if you're an educator and you're looking for some reading/writing content that you don't have to teach, hit me up! So here's how it works.
Send me the date you'd like to share the video. If you think multiple teachers want to be involved please coordinate with them FIRST so I can do one video for all of you. Multiple classes/grades will get first priority so it's actually to your advantage to have multiple classes participating.
I'll confirm that it's doable for me to record a video before then and once you have confirmation, you'll want to have one educator gather questions somehow and then forward the best ones on to me a week before you plan on showing the video (please have names attached to the questions so I can talk to each student and personalize my answers). I will do my best to make the videos fun and engaging while also being educational. I plan on recording a short presentation with some writing tips (and have my cute dog Alfie make an appearance) and then I'll answer questions. Once the video is done, I'll upload it to youtube as an "unlisted" video labeled for kids (no comments will be allowed that way) and send you the link. This will allow me to control my content and delete the videos I create in a couple of months.
If there is something you specifically would like me to talk about to help your students, just let me know! I'm more than happy to tackle a subject you are wanting to teach as long as it's something I can go over in 15-20 minutes or so, allowing time for questions.
For now I will offer this up through mid-December. If it goes well, I may do it again in 2021.
If you are reading this and are not an educator, I'd love it if you'd send this post to any grade 4-7 teachers and librarians you know.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions if you have them or to get your pre-recorded virtual visit scheduled!
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Thursday thoughts with Lisa - dealing with your internal critic
Figuring out how to deal with the negative voice inside your head so you can get your writing down on paper is something *every* writer has to figure out. Knowing that it's there and isn't necessarily something you should listen to is half the battle! But there are some other things you can do too.
In case you want an easy link to the Annie Bloom's pre-order going on, you can go HERE.
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Here's a little sample from my upcoming novel, DON'T JUDGE ME!
DON'T JUDGE ME comes out in less than two months, on November 10th. This novel is about a 6th grader named Hazel who finds a notebook that rates girls on their looks. She knows she has to do something, and she can't do it alone. The wave she'll be making might turn into a tsunami, but if Hazel can find the courage to speak up, she just might change everything.
The first professional review is in and it's a nice one!
Pre-order at www.annieblooms.com and get a signed, personalized copy plus free gifts!
This week's video offers a tiny taste - watch as I read aloud!
Thursday, September 3, 2020
Thursday thoughts with Lisa - the #1 thing you can do to improve your writing
I'm having a lot of eye pain this week for some reason so I'm not looking very well in this video, hopefully you will forgive me for that! But today I wanted to share what advice I give the most to kids who write to me and ask me what they can do to become a good writer. Can you guess what it is??? Find out in the video!
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Thursday thoughts with Lisa - staying motivated during the 1st draft
Thursday, August 20, 2020
Pre-order campaign - order between now and November 8th and get free stuff!!
|Direct link to order: https://www.annieblooms.com/book/9781338628548|
Monday, August 10, 2020
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Thursday thoughts with Lisa - writing haikus
Thursday, July 30, 2020
Thursday thoughts with Lisa - what makes a good beginning
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Thursday thoughts with Lisa - using memories in your writing
Thursday, July 16, 2020
Thursday thoughts with Lisa - where do ideas come from
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Thursday Thoughts with Lisa - writing an acrostic poem
Here's the first Thursday Thoughts with Lisa video. Enjoy!!
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Bookshop - a new way to shop and support indie bookstores
So some good news! You can now shop at www.bookshop.org and support independent bookstores along with authors in the process!!
I've created pages for my books that are still in print. I'll be updating my web site in the next week with links as well. But for now, check out the pages below with links to buy all in one place.
Here's the page to shop for my YA novels.
And here's the page for novels for kids (generally 8-12).
In the coming weeks, I'll make other lists - like my favorite verse novels.
This is so cool and SO exciting. I know it's a hard time for a lot of people right now, but anything we can do to support bookstores and authors is appreciated by everyone who works in the publishing and bookstore business.
Stay well and happy reading!
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Verse Novel Recs for International Women's Day
Happy International Women's Day!
This past month, I received the following message:
Thursday, January 23, 2020
DON'T JUDGE ME cover!
A story about girls standing up to tackle the misogyny and toxic masculinity at their school.
From the article, "They felt violated, objectified by classmates they considered their friends. They felt uncomfortable getting up to go to the bathroom, worried that the boys might be scanning them..."
I wanted to explore what that would feel like, to realize you're being watched and judged based on how you look. And then, how do you find the courage to stand up to that behavior? And so, a book was born. I decided to set it in middle school so it's appropriate for kids in 3rd-8th grade.
Inspired by a true story of girl empowerment, DON'T JUDGE ME explores trust, self-worth, and speaking up -- especially when you're told to keep quiet.
Hazel doesn't like to make waves. Middle school is hard enough without causing more trouble, right? She's happy just eating lunch in the library with her BFF, writing secret haikus, and taking care of an adorable rescue tortoise.
But then Hazel discovers a list that rates the girls at her middle school based on their looks -- started by her best friend's older brother. She knows she has to do something, and she can't do it alone. The wave she'll be making might turn into a tsunami, but if Hazel can find the courage to speak up, she might just change everything.
Coming November 10, 2020 from Scholastic.
Links to preorder:
Annie Bloom Books
More to come