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This issue: distractions, keeping it simple, reading ninjas, and more...
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Hi everyone,

So I started this newsletter last year, posted ONE issue, and then got distracted. Ironically, my second issue last year was going to be about distractions.

My mistake: I was getting carried away with a fancypants layout, tweaking settings, spending waaaaay too much time trying to decide what sections I wanted to include, regular features, and so on.

What I Learned:

1. Don't let myself get so carried away with the bells and whistles that I forget about my original goal. Pare down to the bare essentials. Keep it simple.

2. I can always redesign or change my mind about the organization later, so I need to stop obsessing about trying to get everything perfect the first time.

What I Plan To Include In This Newsletter:

I haven't decided for sure yet (see #2 above), but I'll be sharing new doodles and comics, useful and interesting links I think worth sharing, resources for teachers, plus things I've learned about reading, writing and illustrating books for young people. 

Thanks for joining me!

Debbie
As you can see from the above, most people I polled in social media said they NEVER dog-ear pages in books while they're reading. Read some of the comments here.
I've added some new stuff to my For The Love of Reading page, including a free print-ready "Be A Reading Ninja" poster. Thanks to those of you who suggested I create this after I posted my Reading Ninja cherry stain doodle.
Some interesting links I thought worth sharing:

- A garbage collector is rescuing discarded children's books.

- Josh Funk offers tips on How To Buy A Picture Book (without Buying A Picture Book)

- Lee & Low has just announced their annual New Voices Award for unpublished children's picture book authors in the U.S.
WHERE ARE MY BOOKS? launched from Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers earlier this year! Find out more about my first solo picture book (including lots of free bonus goodies).
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