Thursday, March 31, 2011

I Did a Guest Post

Well hello. The talented Hayley Morgan over at The Writer's Hollow kindly asked me to do a guest post on her other blog Ink Slinger Girls.

Here it is. And it's on "bad guys" (or girls).

Hope you like it.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Few Steps Closer

Before I get into the actual post let me start by saying a BIG THANK YOU to the many people who helped spread the word about our book launch contest. The contest is still going strong and I can't believe how many teachers we have officially signed up. It's just fantastic.

Click HERE if you'd like to win $100 to and/or a signed copy of our newly released book for K through 8 teachers called: TEACHING NUMERACY: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking. 

No today's post....

I know most of my blog followers are primarily writers. This post is for you.

I love reading other writers' acknowledgments pages. Like, its actually the first page I flip to when I hold the book or buy the e-version for my Nook. I have to admit I do it with greater verve since I started calling myself a writer (Who is the agent? Who was the editor? Any names I recognize from blogworld?). I really enjoy reading the sometimes witty, other times touching, sentiments of gratitude.

And you know how the editor gets thanked with something like this:
Thank you for helping to polish this book into the sparkly diamond it turned out to be.
Your brilliant mind shaped my writing into what lives inside this cover.
OR Something else to that effect.
*No, those aren't taken from real acknowledgment pages. I just made them up.

Well I'm here to tell you that editors - real, talented, brilliant, highly trained, wickedly focused on detail - deserve that freaking brilliant sparkly diamond. Hope sized.

I don't know what I expected when I found out the lovely, Sarah LaPolla sold my first novel to Simon Pulse. More specifically, sold it to my brilliant editor, Annette Pollert. Everything was brand new to me. I anticipated the whole process with wide-eyed optimism. Revisions were mostly deepening and enriching the story. Line edits were fine tuning and aligning. Copy edits were microscopic and perfecting.

Three phases of the process towards publication.

Three phases of the process that I knew nothing about. And I loved every single solitary minute of. Every minute.

At each stage I marveled at the brilliant mind of my editor. She knew just how to rake through the manuscript and suggest how to either get more from the character/scene or fine tune and perfect. And when the fully copy edited paper manuscript was mailed to me, it hit me...I had a copy editor too. Another set of highly trained eyes going through this manuscript, shining it up. Unbelievable.

Let me bottom line it for you. Going through this incredible experience has made me deeply appreciate a traditionally published book. I seriously had NO idea the attention to detail that goes into the process or how many smart people would dedicate their time and intellect to something I wrote.

Am I clueless? Perhaps. But all I know is, It's fascinating to live it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

BOOK LAUNCH EXTRAVAGANZA for TEACHING NUMERACY: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking

TODAY is the day. The big day. The day we've been waiting for. Our book, TEACHING NUMERACY: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking is officially launched. Click on the title of our book for details, reviews, table of contents and author bios. The book is also available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

To help spread the word and generate some excitement we're hosting a contest right here. "We" is Margie Pearse and I. It's easy. It's fun. Read on for the details....

How to Enter: 
Bloggers and other "Spread the Word'ers": Spread the word about our book and this contest to any K-8 teacher you know. Send them an email. Send them a message on FB. Talk to them in person. Doesn’t matter. But you MUST leave a comment on this post telling us what you plan to do...or already did. Your comment enters you into the gift card contest.

Teachers: When a TEACHER fills out the official entry form below AND hits submit, the teacher is officially entered. It’s that easy. *None of your information will ever be publicly displayed.

Other Random Important Stuff:
- If you’re a teacher AND a blogger then you can enter yourself! Just have a heartfelt conversation with yourself about our book and officially enter ; ) Seriously. You can win both prizes if you’re name is pulled.
- You can tell more than one teacher. For every teacher that officially enters (via your brilliant book-sharing-ways) your name gets thrown into the “blogger prize hat” that many times.  The more teachers that enter because of you, the more chances YOU have of winning one of those Amazon gift cards. Cool eh?
- While it’s not a contest requirement, it sure would be awesome if you helped us spread the word online (on your blog, tweets, FB posts, message boards, anywhere). If you do decide to word-spread let us say a big ol’ THANK YOU for your kindness.

How You Win:
- All winners will be chosen randomly through the computer program The Hat

What You Win: 
FOUR Prizes for Bloggers
Grand prize Blogger: $75 gift card
(2) 2nd runner up prizes Blogger: $50 gift card
3rd runner up prize Blogger: $25 gift card

FOUR Prizes for Teachers
Grand prize: Signed copy of our book AND winning teacher gets a complimentary email conversation with us on any questions he/she has after reading the book!
(3) Runner up prizes: Signed copy of our book!

Contest starts NOW (Tuesday, March 22nd)
Contest ends midnight EST Thursday, April 14, 2011
Winners Announced right here on this blog Friday April 15, 2011
Contest IS open to international entries. Numeracy is world wide!
And questions, shoot me an email or put your question in a comment here.


*ONLY fill the entry form out if you are a teacher - otherwise, just a comment is all you need : )

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Something Epic. Epic I Tell You.

So, I met this really smart woman a long time ago. Margie Pearse and I were teaching colleagues. She math, me language arts. For over ten years she researched her bum off and subsequently tried her research out in her mathematics classroom. She gathered the "how" of effective teaching from the big guns in mathematics: Arthur Hyde, Marilyn Burns, Alfred Posamentier and MANY others like Dr. Robert Marzano - crafted lessons (and re-crafted) to push kids' thinking. To make them think through the mathematics and not just do the mathematics. Big difference.

Enter Numeracy research and Ka-Boom! Her instructional practices literally had wings.

And she wanted to write a book.

Our friendship and years of teaching the same grade level proved a fertile ground for writing a book on the teaching mathematics...together.

I'd like to introduce you to our collaborative efforts:

TEACHING NUMERACY: 9 Critical Habits to Ignite Mathematical Thinking

Our book releases next Tuesday, March 22, 2012 from the amazing educational publishing company Corwin Press.

As the title of this post indicates, we have something ah-mazing ah-cookin' in order to help launch this book of ours. It's easy. It's fun. It involves a $100 Amazon gift card  +  +  +.

The whole she-bang launches on our release Tuesday. So check back. You won't be sorry.

We promise.

- Kate & Margie

Thursday, March 10, 2011


I've been a bad, bad blogger. I apologize for falling into the abyss. On the upside, I've gotten a tremendous amounts of things done in my time away. Yay for getting things done.

Onward loyal blog readers....

I will leave you with this: Trust yourself. Trust in your talent. Trust in your thinking. Trust in your dreams. Allow yourself moments of optimism every once in a while (even if they're inflated sometimes...that's okay).

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My Dear Teen Me Letter (and my NEW title revealed) letter to my teen self is up on the Dear Teen Me site. Check it out HERE. I hope you like it.

The whole concept behind The Dear Teen Me Project is rather brilliant. Two fellow writers, E. Kristin Anderson and Miranda Kenneally, conceived the idea of authors and publishing folk writing letters to their teen selves - letting them (and most importantly current teen readers) know that they make it through teenagehood. It is such a genuine way to give advice and share experiences...without preaching or "giving a talking to".

I also hope you like my new title. I sure do.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Change is Good

Some people fear change, some trudge through it with the feeling of “whatever, it’s out of my control” and some thrive, thirst for and love it. I’m definitely a thriver/thirster for/lover of change and I’ve always been that way. I get antsy. I like shaking things up with wild abandon (but with a purpose). Don’t get me wrong, I’m not impulsive. I like my change meaningful, powerful and exciting.




The change I’m about to announce falls into those three categories.

My debut young adult novel EVERYTHING’S NOT LOST has undergone a meaningful, powerful and exciting change.

It has a NEW title.

A title that embodies the book in one word. The word needed to be meaningful, powerful and exciting. That’s a lot of pressure on one word. Don’t you think? The word had to entice potential readers and capture the essence of the entire book. Preh-sure.

My editor, Annette Pollert, and the brilliant team at Simon Pulse came up with this new title and I love it. It’s perfect in every way. I can’t thank them enough for their continued dedication and hard work on my behalf. I still can’t believe this is all happening to me.

In addition to loving change I also thoroughly enjoy a good surprise. So, stop by the Dear Teen Me site on Thursday, March 3rd to read my letter and find out the new title.