Thursday, January 26, 2012

Great Starts to a New Year

Two bits of happy, happy news.

News #1:

I had the chance to interview the fabulous Marsha Diane Arnold, author of Heart of a Tiger, Roar of a Snore, and many more!  Her interview is informational and quite entertaining, and you can find it on my "Points from the Published" tab above.  She is the second interview I have done, and I am excited to include her on my blog.

Thanks again Marsha Diane Arnold for the interview!

Now for News #2

So...remember how I sent out a bunch of manuscripts out in November?  Well, I got my first response back yesterday!  It was from U.S. Kids Magazine an Award Winning Magazine that publishes Turtle (for ages 3-5), Humpty Dumpty (for ages 5-7), and Jack and Jill (for ages 6-7)

Of course seeing that yellow manila folder always gets my heart going.  Anyway, the letter said that "after careful consideration" they decided to hold on to one of my poems for possible publication.  Of course, that's not a promise to publish, but it isn't a no either.  Thus, this is certainly a success.  They liked it well enough to hold on to it--YAAY!  Hopefully they'll be contacting me soon with a definite "YES WE'LL PUBLISH IT!" 

I guess my mailbox isn't so awful all of the time.

I have to say, though, for the first publisher response of the year, this is a GREAT START!  Hopefully the responses that follow will hold more yeses for me.

You can check out the U.S. Kids website at  Who knows, maybe soon enough you'll see a poem by "JaNay Brown" on their website (here's hoping)!

Moving and Shaking in 2012! 

Keep on swimming!


  1. That's great news! Congratulations! Can't wait to hear which poem.

  2. Congratulations, JaNay. Can't wait to see it in print. I'm sure it will be published. Like Rosi, I'm wondering which poem it is.

  3. Thanks for the congrats! It's "Freight Train". I don't know if you guys remember that one. I hope they decide to go with it! :)