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Gabriel’s Horn

I finished the final editing revisions for my latest book, Gabriel’s Horn. Special thanks go to my editor, Amy Fitzgerald, who had some excellent ideas for whipping the manuscript into its final shape. This book has an interesting history. It’s based on “Seven Years,” a famous story by the great Yiddish writer, I.L. Peretz. I […]

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New Books

It’s 2015 and this is my first post. I made a solemn New Year resolution: post regularly to the blog. Don’t get distracted. That’s my promise. Hold me to it. Better yet, I’m going to hold myself to it. People often ask what new books are in the works. The latest development is that I’ve […]

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Ghosts From The Past

They say that when you get to a certain stage in life, people and things from your past start showing up. That’s eerie to think about. Nevertheless, I’m discovering that it’s true. Last week my college friend Steve Burghardt sent me an email out of the blue. Steve was a very important person in my […]

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Question From Overseas

I’m always glad to see people using the “Ask Eric” page of my website. I’ve gotten a lot of good questions about writing. I hope that my answers might be valuable to the person who asked the question and to others who might be reading it. Children aren’t the only ones who ask questions. They […]

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Hanukkah Bear

I’ve been walking on air for the past week. Hanukkah Bear is this year’s winner of the National Jewish Book Award in the illustrated children’s book category. I really can’t claim the credit. I never thought the book was even in the running since it’s a new edition of an older title that has always […]

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The Future of Digital Picture Books. Is there one?

I had an interesting conversation with my friend, Dianne de las Casas, tonight. In addition to being an outstanding author and storyteller, Dianne is the creator of Picture Book Month, which shines the spotlight on authors and illustrators who love picture books and view them as the gateway into art, literature, and literacy. Click HERE […]

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Strange Days

Publishing is getting awfully strange these days. I was talking about it with my friend, Elizabeth Winthrop (Castle In The Attic). Elizabeth agreed. Sometimes it feels as if we fell down the rabbit hole. Here’s what got us started. I asked one of my editors if I could have jpegs of the pages of a […]

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This Makes It All Worthwhile

I received the sweetest email today from Vicki Winterscheidt in Colorado. Vicki’s daughter was getting married at Grand Lake Lodge in Colorado, high up the Rockies. What a spectacular setting for a wedding! Vicki wrote to say that her sons walked beside her on the path down to the knoll where the ceremony would take […]

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Bikes and Books

I had an interesting experience over the weekend. The Portland Art Museum is featuring a must-see exhibit about bicycles and bicycle design. As one of this summer’s many bike-related programs, they offered a guided ride around the city looking at changes in street design and planning to make streets safer for cars, bikes, and pedestrians. […]

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Genre Fiction

I was talking to my friend Elizabeth Winthrop last week. Elizabeth has written outstanding books in just about every genre there is. Children’s book lovers would know her best for The Castle In The Attic. We were talking about the apparent need today of publishers being able to fit a proposed book into some sort […]

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