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Back In The Game

My writing’s been getting me down for a while. I tried lots of different ideas. Nothing seemed to work. My agent, Jenn Laughran, was working hard. Nothing was working at her end either. Sitting down to write anything was becoming painful. I spend my time over the holidays doing other things. It’s easy to find […]

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Writing To Authors

My librarian friend Sharron McElmeel has some excellent suggestions for teachers considering having their children write to an author. I’m posting them with her permission. They’re well-worth considering if you want to get a response and have the experience be a pleasant one for both author and children. Please feel free to share these suggestions […]

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Anansi’s Future?

Children and teachers keep writing to ask if and when I’m going to write another story about Anansi the Spider. I actually have one. The problem is that neither my editor, Mary Cash, nor Janet Stevens, the illustrator, is interested in doing it. Mary told me that she didn’t detect enough interest among the librarians […]

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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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Something New

My agent, Jennifer Laughran, sent me an email with a great suggestion. Have I ever tried writing graphic novels? I was puzzled at first. I’m not an artist. Jenn explained that I don’t have to be. A lot of GN’s are created in the same way picture books are. The writer comes up with the […]

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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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The Greeds

I love getting letters from kids. Some are tricky to answer, especially when the red-eyed Greed Monster raises its head. “Can you send me an autograph?” “Can you put me in a book?” “Can you send me a free book?” How can you handle these questions in a gracious way? Here’s how I do it. […]

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‘Tis The Season

‘Tis the season…” For some reason the spring brings a flood of emails from children asking me questions about my books, how I write them, and how I became an author. They seem to come from specific cities, so I assume one of my stories is part of a curriculum unit. I never mind writing […]

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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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