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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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Back To Business

Looking back on my previous posts, I realize that I haven’t posted anything to this blog in a month. I don’t know why. Maybe it was the rush of the holiday season. Maybe it was because I felt I didn’t have anything to say. No excuses from now on. My new year’s resolution is to […]

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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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Frustration

Some recent developments have me really frustrated. I love it when children ask me questions via the Ask Eric section of the website. I answer every question that comes in within a few days. It may take longer if I’m traveling. I have to get home and back to my computer first. Two children recently […]

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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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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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