Red Chair Event (Much Better Than a Redrum Event)

This is it, gentle reader.  The last blog of 2013 and well...the last blog for me.  I hope you readers have found it to be a lot of fun, very educational and more than a little bit wacky!  I know that's how I feel about the last two years.  I'll see you all at a … Continue reading Red Chair Event (Much Better Than a Redrum Event)

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey(s) To Publication

Back in good ol' October we were fortunate enough to get a bevy (I've always wanted to write a sentence with that word) of young adult and middle grade authors in for a panel discussion hosted by the amazing Betsy Bird, legend of the New York book scene and recently published author http://blogs.slj.com/afuse8production/.  Officially, Betsy's … Continue reading Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey(s) To Publication

Behind the Scenes at Amazon Studios

     It only took me 2 years as the resident CMA blogger to finally get the crown jewel of all guest bloggers:  Madame Presidente herself Sarah Wallendjack.  In addition to being the pres of CMA, Sarah is a Supervising Producer at Out of the Blue Productions - makers of such hit shows as "Daniel Tiger's … Continue reading Behind the Scenes at Amazon Studios

We’re all In This Together…Media

What better way to kick off the back to school season than with an event about children’s publishing?  The answer is none.  None better way.  CMA got to sit down with Andrea Montalbano, Jason Odell Williams and Carey Albertine - the innovators at In This Together Media, a new company that’s breaking the mold in … Continue reading We’re all In This Together…Media

TwerP (With a P – Not That Miley Cyrus Thing)

I have been reading the most delightful book - Twerp by Mark Goldblatt.  We were fortunate enough to talk to Mark about his anti-bullying middle grade novel, a novel that Mark didn’t even know was middle grade or about bullying. Mark is a political writer by trade (www.markgoldblatt.com) and Harper Collins approached him about writing … Continue reading TwerP (With a P – Not That Miley Cyrus Thing)

Licensing – Tried and True vs. New Kid on the Block: The Ultimate Smackdown

This summer CMA teamed up with Women in Toys for a panel discussing the ins and outs of licensing.  Particularly, tried and true brands vs. new properties emerging into the market. Our illustrious panelists included:  Liza Abrams:  VP, Global Licensing and Marketing Sakar International.  Her work at Sakar includes brands such as Hello Kitty, Monster … Continue reading Licensing – Tried and True vs. New Kid on the Block: The Ultimate Smackdown

Everything’s Coming Up Rosie

I love a good field trip.  Even at the ripe old age of however-old-I-am, I love to go to a new place and see something I’ve never seen before.  In this case, CMA went to get a first hand look at how things work at Rosie’s Theater Kids! http://www.RosiesTheaterKids.org RTKids is a non-profit performing arts … Continue reading Everything’s Coming Up Rosie