Woo-hoo! You made it! Does that mean it’s time to stop reading picture books? Heck no! You are not intending to stop writing, are you? I hope you will carry your newly established writing and research habits into your daily writing routine.
ReFoReMo has given you the gift to look deeper at mentor texts and enhance your writing. As you strive to continue the mentor text experience, I will be here to assist you in several ways.
1) I will continue to feature ReFoReMo posts 2-4 times each month on the blog. Topics will include picture book writing tips, guest bloggers, challenges & accountability, mentor text question events, recommendations, and reviews. If you are subscribed, these will continue to come to your inbox. In addition, you will be the first to know when the second annual ReFoReMo registration approaches.
2) Your support group will not go away. I will keep the ReFoReMo Facebook Group open to all fully registered participants. (You are fully registered if you completed step #1 and #2 on the registration post between February 15-March 1, 2015.)
It’s been my pleasure to serve you during these last three months and I look forward to serving you again in the future. I work as a full-time writer and hope you will consider my professional services when you need them most.
4) In addition, I’d be happy to be your fiction picture book Mentor Text Research Assistant. Clients will receive the combined service of a personalized fiction picture book critique, along with focused, in-depth mentor text research. More info HERE.
5) I also specialize in KidLit videos, including book trailers, and social media marketing assistance. Among my clients are ReFoReMoers Keila Dawson and Jennifer Cole Judd, as well as guest-educator Julie Hedlund.
6) Although today was not initially included in the reading period, I find it fitting to leave you with this bonus challenge. Feel free to save it for your beginning of April efforts and leave me a comment below if you decide to join me for this cause. I will follow up on the ReFoReMo blog in April to see how you are doing.
When I read a picture book that speaks to my heart and sometimes even moves me to tears, I challenge myself to write in that style. Currently, I’d like to write a powerful, diverse book that delivers compassion and deeper understanding. The following picture books inspired my pursuit. Diversity presents itself in many different forms. We need diverse books!
If you consistently read picture books every day between March 8-28, commented on each prize post, and you are properly registered (following #1 and #2 from the registration post), then you will also be eligible to enter the Rafflecopter drawings tomorrow. Registrations and comments will be verified before announcing prize winners. But, as far as your reading goes, we are on the honor system. You may only enter the Rafflecopter drawing once. This will place you in the drawing for all of the prizes. If you enter more than once, you will be disqualified. Rafflecopters will open at 12:00am CST March 31 and remain open only until 12:00am CST on April 1. One day. That’s it. Make sure you take advantage of your entry while you can. I am excited to celebrate with you tomorrow!
Final Prize Alert
To sweeten the final pot (as if it wasn’t sweet already), I am donating one fiction picture book critique of 800 words or less. To be eligible, you must be fully registered, comment on this post, read daily, and keep a record of your progress.
If you accept the diversity challenge mentioned above, let me know in the comments. If you want to leave me a hug, I’ll take that, too.
Carrie Charley Brown is the founder and administrator of ReFoReMo, a research challenge and blog for picture book writers. She is a professional critique mentor with an editorial eye, a picture book writer, kidlit video producer, writing coach, and guest blogger on various sites such as Writer's Rumpus and Kids Are Writers. In addition to ReFoReMo, she runs a separate blog, Carrie On...Together, which features THINK QUICK and Mystery Author interviews each month. She was a 2014 CYBILS fiction picture book panelist and an elementary teacher. You can follow her writing journey right here on this site.