Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dear Santa: one writer's Christmas wish (annual repost)

Originally published December 21, 2011. Dedicated to everyone with a very specific writer's wish this holiday season. May Santa bring you what you wish...I'm still waiting for Rick Springfield!

Dear Santa,

Its been awhile, I know.  I have found it difficult to write ever since the Easy Bake Oven incident of 1979, however, I have finally let that go.  From what I have gathered through the years, you saved me and my family from many a cake with the consistency of a hockey puck.  However, I have to say at times I do feel a little unfulfilled, having never had the "cooking by lightbulb" childhood experience.  But despite all of that, I am quite a good baker, as you know because of the milk and cookies I have left you over the years.  And we will come back to that later.

I write today with a very specific want...desire...need!  Santa, I WANT AN AGENT!  I want a literary agent real bad.

There I said it.

To think that I could have that one person who believes in my work as much as I do and who has the professional clout and know-how to launch my career is wonderful!

To be able to say to other social invitations, "No sorry.  I am not available Tuesday.  I have a lunch meeting with my agent," would be grand!

To be "represented" to the Publishing BIG HOUSES in NYC...priceless.  Well, not "priceless"'ll cost me 15% of any earnings...but STILL!  To even imagine having earnings from my writing is unfathomable!

I know what you are going to say.  I know you are not in the business of giving people as Christmas gifts.  I remember that letter I wrote when I was 10, requesting Rick Springfield to be my boyfriend.  You answered that you had found that people did not take kindly to being shoved in your sack and flown around the world only to be delivered under a tree on Christmas, so you gave up the practice.  Therefore, I had to be content with a Rick Springfield poster...hardly a substitute.

I know as much as I promise to take good care of my agent and treat my agent well, you are NOT going to shove one down my chimney.  That's why I came up with Plan B.

When you arrive at my home on Christmas Eve, instead of the customary milk and cookies, you are going to notice three things:  my computer with a window already open to a blank document in Microsoft Word, my printer all ready to go with plenty of paper, and a dictionary (agents do not like to see misspellings or misused words).

I am asking you, dear Santa Claus, to write a Query Letter for me!  Who better than someone who supposedly spies on me all year round?  You know all about me.  You know what I've been writing.  So pitch it!

They say to think of it as an elevator speech...or maybe in your case, a chimney speech.  For example, if you suddenly ran into Steven Spielberg on someone's roof and had a script you wanted to sell to him, what would you say to Mr. Spielberg on the trip down the chimney?  Get it?

Anyway, I will also include a list of guidelines. And Santa, please make sure you follow the appropriate guidelines so that your letter can be seriously considered. If I am interested in using your letter, I will certainly follow up by sending the appropriate milk and cookies. However, if you haven't heard from me within 6 to 8 weeks, please assume that I am passing on your letter and will be seeking help elsewhere.

Thank you in advance for your help.  Oh...and Merry Christmas!  Let's hope this is the beautiful beginning of the renewal of our friendship.

Marcie Colleen

Saturday, December 2, 2017

FINAL Appearance of 2017! Home in SoCal!

It's been an amazing year! I had the privilege of meeting hundreds of readers and visiting fabulous bookstores nationwide.

My author's heart is filled with gratitude.

I will be wrapping up my 2017 appearances back home in Southern California at Once Upon a Storybook in Tustin, CA.

For those in the area, I hope to see you. For more information, visit

Everyone else, I hope my travels find me in your city in the coming year. For a constantly updating list of appearances, visit my website at

Monday, November 27, 2017

See you Friday at Blue Manatee Bookstore!

I'll be in Cincinnati at the amazing Blue Manatee Bookstore on Friday!

Join me for a very special story time!

A signing will follow.

LOVE, TRIANGLE and the SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS series are available now at the store.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Celebrate #indiesFirst/Small Business Saturday TODAY!

Indies First is a collaboration between authors, publishers, retailers, and readers that celebrates independent bookstores and local communities. Events and festivities, many of them featuring authors as guest booksellers, are planned in hundreds of stores for Saturday, November 25, 2017, in conjunction with Small Business Saturday.

Check out this link to find an Indies First event near you!

Friday, November 17, 2017

ICYM: Why Picture Book Are Important by Me!

A Picture Book is a Love Triangle.
A picture book provides the perfect trifecta of literary love between the child, the reader, and the book. It’s a connector. A meeting place. 
Let me explain. 
After four years of serving on the Picture Book Month team as the Educational Consultant and creator of the Picture Book Month Teacher's Guide, it is an absolute honor this year to be a Picture Book Month Champion!

For those of you who don't know, Picture Book Month is an international initiative that celebrates picture books throughout the month of November. Each day a Champion is asked to share on Why Picture Books are Important.

The link to my post is here. I dedicate this to my dear friend, Dianne de las Casas, the founder of Picture Book Month who is no longer with us but who leaves behind an enduring legacy of connection, story, and love.

Monday, November 6, 2017

See You at the WNY Children's Book Expo in Buffalo, NY!

BUFFALO, NY friends, come on out!

Thank you to Salina Yoon for this graphic!

I'm looking forward to a super exciting author-filled event (38 authors in one place for 5 hrs with various readings and events happening) at the WNY Children's Book Expo, founded by Monkey See, Monkey Do... Children's Bookstore.

And while at the Book Expo, be sure to come by the BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Main Stage from 12:05-12:30pm for my presentation, "EXPLORE Imagination Through Pretend Play" and learn how to mine your stuffed animals and pets for storytelling inspiration!

Also looking forward to visiting my niece and her entire fourth grade at Maple East Elementary and my best friend's son's class at Edukids preschool.

It's SHAPING up to be one PARTY-filled week!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

I'm a Picture Book Month 2017 Champion

I am super honored to be a Picture Book Month Champion this year.

Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates print picture books during the month of November.

Every day there will be a new post from a Picture Book Champion explaining why he/she thinks picture books are important. 

I do hope you will consider reading along and sharing the love, joy, and importance of picture books in your own day to day throughout the month.