Back from BEA

I’m back from Book Expo America, and yes, I left NYC in a MegaBus weighed down with books and swag (mostly books). The experience was great and I will happily take on the Javits Center again next year.

My favorite quote from the show was said during the Editor Buzz session when referring to a forthcoming novel: “It’s not beastiality, it’s love.” I heard someone behind me chuckle and say, “Well, there’s your sound byte.”

But the highlight for me was the SheWrites Knowledge Faire. It was a speed-dating format that provided a chance for newbies like me to meet with established agents, editors and other folks in the industry.

Next up: Miriam Peskowitz, co-author of The Daring Book for Girls, interviews me for her new Writer-Entrepreneur column on SheWrites.

Huff Post helps bring Epilepsy out of the shadows

Recently on the Huffington Post, Lynda Resnick, author of Rubies in the Orchard, posted an article on epilepsy.

Resnick notes: “The numbers surrounding epilepsy are staggering. At any given time, nearly 1% of the world’s population has active epilepsy — that’s 60 million people. Ten times that number will have at least one seizure in their lifetime. In the United States, it is a disease that is more common than autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease combined. In the U.S., where over 3 million people are currently affected, the annual cost of epilepsy is $15 billion.”

Yep, you read that right, 60 million people worldwide. Oh, and by the way, there are 3 million people with epilepsy in the U.S. In fact, there are an estimated 200,000 new cases of epilepsy diagnosed each year. Surprised?

To read the complete article visit the Huffington Post.

Head down, into the madness: Book Expo America

This will be my first time taking on the mammoth trade show that is Book Expo America (BEA). The show will run May 25-27 at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC.

My collegues at assure me that I will need a plan of action and sturdy (yet stylish) shoes. Of course, I’ll leave plenty of room in my luggage for all the free books.

If nothing else, I’m looking forward to visiting my old stomping grounds.

Now, the countdown begins…

Good Days, Bad Days magazine is up and running

Good Days, Bad Days, a magazine for children with chronic illness, has launched it’s inaugural issue. The magazine was established to help children with chronic illness cope with their condition. The founder, Amy Friedenberg, hopes that Good Days, Bad Days will become a publication that children with chronic illness can be proud to consider their own.

Included in this first issue is one of my stories, “My First EEG”, along with photos by Rudy Lauletta. This piece gives children an sense of what to expect before they go for their first electroencephalogram (EEG).

If you would like a copy of Good Days, Bad Days you can send an email to: or or visit their website.

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