Kidlit Fertilizer

What does fertilizer have to do with publishing? Everything.

As a lifelong athlete I am a big fan of quotes. Before big games, I read inspirational quotes to get in the right mindset. Now I use quotes to inspire the kids I coach. This is one of my favorites.


This quote always gets a chuckle, but it’s true. Losing makes you hungry for a win and hunger is a great motivator. You identify your weaknesses, work your tail off, study the competition, and go after it again.

I recently read a fantastic post about Kate Messner’s presentation at the 2014 SCBWI conference in New York. She said, “Never underestimate the power of failure.” I couldn’t agree more.

There is a lot of fertilizer in this business. That’s a whole lot of potential power, so bring the stink on!

Why I Write

never-give-upWhen I started my kidlit journey, something shifted in my brain. I am a different reader now, always evaluating the story. Movies are no longer mindless entertainment. I analyze the character development, the plot, the resolution.

It’s a curse, really, having your mind always on. But it’s a beautiful curse. I can be watching my kids play, and BAM! A picture book storyline pops in my head. I’m minding my own business, conditioning my hair, when a book title falls from the rainforest shower-head. (Not really, I don’t have one of those. But it would be nice, wouldn’t it?) The point is, even when I’m not actually writing, I’m gathering ideas, processing them, and writing in my head. I think about it every single day, and that is why I write.