Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Please Release Me!

The writing world moves slowly. Most books take about two years to from sale to shelf. In the case of my latest release, Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg, it took four years, although it seemed like forever. After it sold, the economy fell into a slump. Publishing companies closed and shifted. Editors were let go. The manuscript sat in limbo for two years. Then, to my dance-on-the-ceiling delight, it was brought back to life. I was especially thrilled when my editor selected Michael Allen Austin to illustrate it. He did a fantastic job.

After Cowpoke Clyde’s initial four-year journey--a sequel is on its way--Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range. Yee-haw!! No date has been set, but it will be awesome to see Michael Allen Austin’s illustrations once again.

Because literary world moves so slowly, it’s always a thrill when a book finally lands on the bookshelf. To celebrate, I’m plum tickled to share the recent releases of some of my writing friends who have shared this crazy, side-winding, writing roller coaster journey with me:

Balloon Trees by Danna Smith
Published by Sylvan Dell

If you've ever wondered how balloons are made, this fun-to-read story is bursting with information that will lift readers to new heights.

Visit Danna's website at to find out more about Danna and her upcoming titles.

Snow Dog, Sand Dog
Albert Whitman & Co.

What pet can you get when you can't have a pet?
Linda's fun story will have readers howling with delight.  

To find out more about Linda's excellent YA titles and her upcoming books, visit her webpage at:  

A Gift for Mama
Gullane Children's Books

Oskar has a problem. He doesn't know what to give to his mother. He just may find out that the perfect gift was right under his nose.

To learn more about Linda and her upcoming books, visit her website at:


  1. Thank for sharing our books, Lori! I'm honored to share with you this long journey from book to shelf!

  2. You're welcome! Congrats for your blog at Random House. Looking forward to seeing all your upcoming titles.

  3. I enjoyed Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg so much (and reviewed it.) Just charming. Thanks for sharing the other reads, too. I'm particularly interested in A Gift for Mama, as I love "chain" stories. I went to the websites you provided. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any information on Linda's PB, Snow Dog, Sand Dog. Only her YAs and MGs show. Meanwhile I'm certainly looking forward to the sequel to Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dog.

  4. Hi Elizabeth,
    Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad you enjoyed Cowpoke Clyde :-). I revisited my links and I saw that there was a link to Linda Joy Singleton's picture book on the lower right of her website. (I'll have to tell her it needs a bigger presence.)