Thursday, April 26, 2018

Independent Bookstore Day, #SDBOOKCRAWL, and me at La Playa Books, San Diego SATURDAY!!

Independent Bookstore Day promises to delight book lovers of all ages and interests thanks to the incredible combination of authors, events, and exciting day-of activities planned at over 400 participating independent bookstores across the nation.

The San Diego Bookstore Crawl (#sdbookcrawl) takes it up a notch, with 9 participating Indie Bookstores celebrating together for 3 days! Travel around San Diego to get your passport stamped for great prizes.  The more stamps you collect the more chances to win great raffle prizes, including a $50 gift bag from one of the 9 stores and a chance to win over $200 in gift certificates for those of you who completely fill your passport with stamps.  And anyone who visits 4 stores will get an exclusive San Diego Bookstore Crawl tote bag- while supplies last! 

See the map for participating stores.

Join me Saturday for the #SDBookCrawl at La Playa Books in Point Loma from 2-4pm. . I’ll be reading from my picture books and chapter books and I’ll be signing books, too! 

Facebook RSVP and more info about city-wide Independent Bookstore Day 2018 San Diego events:

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Two SUPER HAPPY Signings SATURDAY at the LA Times Festival of Books!

The Super Happy Party Bears and I will be at the 
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on
Saturday, April 21st!

There will be two signings:

2pm at Booth #368

and then at 4pm stop by the 
Once Upon a Time Books Booth #732!

Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Introducing STUDY HALL WITH MARCIE COLLEEN! An Exclusive Online Month-long Critique Group for Picture Book Writers! Register Today!

Do you have at least FOUR picture book manuscripts you want to revise?

Would you like to dedicate one month to fine-tuning your manuscripts?

Could you benefit from the eyes of a professional?

STUDY HALL is a month-long online critique group for writers of picture books, which provides manuscript critiques, weekly talks, and daily motivation and accountability under the guidance of a professional, multi-published author.

Your One Month of Study Hall Includes:
·       FOUR Professional Critiques – Once a week, upload a picture book manuscript for critique by Marcie and the other members of the group.
·       Weekly video chats – Once a week Marcie will host a Facebook Live Chat in which she will speak to the manuscripts she has critiqued and provide additional guidance. If you cannot participate live, the session will be posted in the group for later viewing.
·       Unlimited Access to Marcie in the Private Facebook Group – Study Hall will take place in a private Facebook group where Marcie will be daily, responding to your posts, answering your questions, etc. She’s there to support you in your writing projects.
·       Weekly Live-Virtual Writing Streaks – Once a week we will schedule a virtual Writing Streak so we can work alongside each other on our writing projects. Writing Streak times will vary each week.
·       Accountability Check-Ins – Twice a day (Monday through Friday)—once in the morning to set our intention and writing goals for the day and once in the evening to check in and help each other stay accountable and motivated to keep going. It is up to the participant to decide how little or how much they do. Every bit counts! The most important thing is daily progress.
·       Small Group Attention – Each month of Study Hall will have no more than SIX participants.

Get ALL of this for the low price of $198 per month!
Email Marcie at to
SOLD OUT for May!
But Registration open for June, July, and August.
(If space is available, writers may join for more than one month at a time.)

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Read Her. Support Her. Value Her: A Look at our Amazing Kidlit Women Heritage

*squeal of a live microphone*

Ahem, ahem. Is this thing on?

Hello, everyone.

It truly has been an amazing month of inspiring #kidlitwomen posts.

Although March ends today, we all, hopefully, move forward into April more enlightened and ready for change.

But, perhaps you are limping into April, a little fatigued about the inequalities women face in this industry. Perhaps your head is spinning with frustration, disappointment, and helplessness. For some of you, these last thirty-one days were overwhelming, bringing to the forefront battles you didn't even know we had to fight. Some of the issues may seem insurmountable.

If you are even a tad fatigued, I want to take a moment to highlight the great tradition of female children’s authors that we are part of. Those women who went before us and despite these inequalities, rose above to bring their work, their voices to children. They paved the way for us and today I celebrate them so that we may be strengthened and encouraged.

See, we are part of the great bedtime tradition, like Margaret Wise Brown.

We create characters who are adorably flawed like Beverly Cleary, Louise Fitzhugh, and Margret Rey.

We are the older sister, trusted aunt, and understanding mother to teens everywhere like Judy Blume.

And there are many who are “doing it” today. Who, regardless of the lack of awards won or lists made, create books that touch children and change lives.

We are a part of a great tradition of magical wordsmiths like Amy Krouse Rosenthal.

We dabble in puns like Tara LazarTammi Sauer, and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.

We use brushstrokes of rhyme like Sue FliessAndrea Beaty, and K. A. Holt.

We build worlds with various combinations of only 26 letters, like Grace Lin and Tracey Baptiste. 

We light unknown biographies like Candace Fleming, Nancy Churnin, and Andrea J. Loney.

We bring science to life like Jennifer Swanson and Ruth Spiro.

We twist familiar tales with our own imagination to create something fresh and new like Corey Rosen Schwartz or Penny Klosterman or Danielle Paige.

We conjure characters so life-like they jump right off the page and into the hearts of those who read us. Like Kelly Light, Kat Yeh, Celia C. Perez, and Lynda Mullaly Hunt.

We have kids and parents alike rolling on the floor in laughter like Samantha Berger,  JulieFalatkoDev Petty, and Ame Dyckman (without the need of loud or boisterous schtick, may I add).

We inspire blockbuster films and television shows like Angie Thomas, Becky Albertalli, and Anne Marie Pace.

We give voice to the otherwise unheard like Hena Khan, Sally Pla, and Jaye Robin Brown.

And on that same white paper, with Times New Roman text, we inspire and explore like Kate Messner, comfort like Esther Ehrlich, quiet like Deborah Underwood, and tug at the heart strings like Cori Doerrifield

There is power and value in our words, in what we have to say.

We come from a long tradition of storymakers.

These women are our heritage. 

She is you. 

Read her. Support her. Value her.

Got it?

Now, go celebrate. Feel strong and move forward with the strength of sisterhood behind you.

Raise that glass of wine for the hard work done this month. And ready yourself for the work that is still to be done.

We are #kidlitwomen.  And we aren’t going anywhere.

*drops mic*