Interview with author Elizabeth Levy

12 Mar
March 12, 2015

Hello readers!

I promise to get a wonderful post up shortly about the SCBWI Conference in February!  I’m still processing all of the terrific information that I learned!

Today, though, I have an extra special treat!  Incredible author, Elizabeth Levy, a prolific writer with 103 published titles, visited our school today and sat down for an interview with me on our Morning Show at school!  Enjoy the link below and watch the whole video or skip ahead to the interview on Kennett’s Corner at 6minutes 44 seconds in (6:44).

I highly recommend her books.  They are great reads!  A wonderful blend of funny, touching, mysterious, and playful!

Thanks again for the fantastic interview and for signing so many books for the school, Ms. Levy!

http://www.useducationtv.com/Default.aspx?sid=9595

 

Kennett’s Corner

01 Feb
February 1, 2015

I’m really lucky to work at a great school with wonderful colleagues!  We have a “morning show” every morning to help the students get ready for their day, say the pledge, and celebrate those moments that make school memorable.  Every Thursday, I go on and discuss a book or series with the students.

 

Here is one of the segments I participated in!  Enjoy!

http://www.useducationtv.com/default.aspx?sid=9595#532604449bb045969426165d4e4daa8a_0

Happy New Year 2015!

21 Jan
January 21, 2015

Hello, hello!  Thanks for visiting today and investigating what is new!

It’s a new year and there’s a lot to be excited for in 2015!  I am learning more about writing every day, and have continued this journey by joining PiBoIdMo (created by the fabulous Tara Lazar!), and completing!, in 2014 in November.   I recently joined the phenomenal 12×12 group (headed by Julie Hedlund) to put some of the PiBoIdMo ideas into new Picture Books!

My main focus right now is to get ready for the New York SCBWI Conference!  It is just a few weeks away, and I am really excited to be attending.  I’m looking forward to learning a lot and connecting with other like minded souls, in person!  Sometimes “us” writers just chat online a lot and e-mail each other stories to tinker around with.  It will be nice to put names to faces and catch up face-to-face!  Yipeee!

Oh, yes…. One more important piece of news….

I am having a baby this summer!  Baby Kennett is due in July of 2015!  My husband and I are so very excited for this year!

I’m feeling well now, and actually thankful for the cold weather.  I hate being too hot!

Tell me what is new in your new year!  I look forward to sharing news, at least monthly!, on the blog this year.  My first story, “To The Lady Upstairs, Sincerely, The Centipede”, is still a part of the Mee Genius collection.  If you haven’t read it, check it out sometime!  He’s a loveable bug, I promise!

April Updates Part 2

16 Apr
April 16, 2014

Hi folks!

What a wonderful Spring Break!  I felt like I was wasting too much of my vacation with eating, (and cooking, and cleaning, etc.) so I’ve been having a “brunch” each day instead of breakfast AND lunch.  :)  Gives me more time for writing!  ;)So I’ll mention a few things that I’ve worked on since my first update.  While I’m not participating in the April NaNoWriMo, I am working on many “writerly” endeavours this month…

I tweaked the website a bit, adding a new “professional” picture,

 

Kerry picture for the website

 

and added an editing services section that I hope people will put to good use soon!  I also linked in to the two blog visits I’ve done recently, so you can hop from my blog to Katie Caroll’s and Kai Strand’s with a simple “click” (just scroll down a little further on this page!)!  I also updated my contact e-mail to kennett (dot) edit22 (at) gmail (dot) com.  I’m still available at the other one, but I like that “Kennett” and “Edit” kind of rhyme.   :)

I wrote just about two-thirds of a brand new story that I was inspired to write this month.  It’s got a bug as a main character.  What IS it with me and the bugs?  I normally don’t like bugs!  It is KIND of ironic.  :)

I have pitched two of my stories, we’ll call them “Crumbs” and “Meatloaf” for now, to over two dozen agents and publishers.  It is a long road, but it will be worth it if I can be an author as a career down the line!  I’m ambitious, determined, and optimistic.

I signed up for a conference in June where the “Meatloaf” will be critiqued- so I am excited for the workshops AND the feedback!

I read a few “writerly” blogs.  I dreamed.  I created.  I revised.    :)

Okay, that’s all for now.  Off to write some more.  Time to clean up some of my manuscripts, and a bit of my house!

What are you up to this Spring Break Week?  Let me know, leave a comment below!   :)  Enjoy your day!

3 Times A Charm- Guest Blog on Kai Strand’s Blog :)

09 Apr
April 9, 2014

Follow this link to read my guest blog on Kai Strand’s Blog!  She is a wonderful author of books for young people!

Enjoy! And thanks again to Kai for hosting me!

 

http://kaistrand.blogspot.com/2014/04/three-times-charm-with-kerry-kennett.html?showComment=1397074475219#c6422354246027131785

April Writing Progress

02 Apr
April 2, 2014

I am tracking my writing this month in an effort to get more on track! Join me on my journey!

I plan on posting weekly!  Woo!

April 1, 2014

Read, edited, and revised my silly “food” story. One of my goals is to query it around by May!

Read, edited, and revised two friends’ writing—giving constructive feedback as I like to get as well!

Added ideas to yet another bug story that I’ve come up with. I don’t even have a skeleton for it yet, but I have his personality shining through. It’s funny what “comes” to you sometimes!

Sent my silly “food” story to 6 folks in the hopes to get some good feedback on it so I can improve, improve and improve some more! I want to submit it to a conference, for a professional critique, I’ll be attending in June (hopefully) in its best possible form!

I’m having trouble focusing on any one story. I have 12 documents on my desktop. 9 PB, 3 CB.  I want to finish them all! Sometimes… I can’t think of an ending…. Sometimes, I can’t think of the middle of a story! Sometimes, I just get an idea that I really love, but not a whole story comes out of it yet, and it just sits there.

The one story I had been sending out this year so far has not gotten any “bites” or anything. I’ve come to a place where I’m stuck. I think it’s a wonderful story, and I believe in it, but I just need to do more research on where to send it and who to send it to, I guess. I kind of decided to work on some other stories and then come back to that one because I submitted it for a critique that is supposed to be finished by mid-June at the absolute latest…. I’m kind of waiting on that feedback as I don’t know where else to take that story!  I shaped. I made my character a bit more dramatic. I cut every word out that I felt I could. I’m really excited for the feedback from the critique, because the”critiquer” is a literary agent at a major NY literary agency…. and I think it’s one of the best things I’ve ever written! I’d love to share it with the world!

Read about my craft through 4 blogs, a few NPR stories, and “followed” a few more literary agents on Twitter. Pondered about the twitterverse. I will have to learn more about it and try to use it more!

Was interviewed by a wonderful fellow writer about my e-book and am excited to see the final result later this month.

Read a little bit of a story by Neil Gaiman, Interworlds. It’s SO so good. I hope to finish it before his talk on Friday that I feel lucky to attend with some of my fabulous fellow writers! I’m so glad I have been exposed to another kind of writing! I love finding out about new authors! (He also wrote Coraline, and many other works! If you like Sci-Fi, Tim Burton, or anything about alternate universes / dimensions, check him out!).

Granted I did not “work” at my jobby job today because everyone in our household, even the poor pup :( , took ill from bad salmon (or chicken? Or both?), so I was “home” to do all of this. Still proud of what got accomplished so far and am looking forward to the rest of the week.

Keeping myself accountable! Not just waiting around for inspiration, but writing regularly, and when inspired, too! :) Woo! April!

My goal? To be published (again, and with a tangible version of a book) by 50! Woo! :) (Hopefully 40, as I’m 31, but, I’ll take 50.)

Have a great week, everyone!  What are your goals for the rest of the year?  Did you have any April Fools’ pranks pulled on you yesterday?  Did you pull any on anyone else?   :)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sidenote of possible interest: My paternal grandmother warned my parents not to name me “April”. My maiden name was “Freel” and she said people would call me “April Fool” instead of “April Freel.” You have to love it when people are looking out for you! I always think of that every April. Grandma Margie is awesome!

Guest Blog on Katie Carroll’s website!

22 Mar
March 22, 2014

Here is the link to my interview with Katie Carroll!  :)

Thanks again for having me, Katie!

I hope you all enjoy reading my interview!  Have a great weekend!!!

http://www.katielcarroll.com/meet-kerry-kennett-author-of-to-the-lady-upstairs-sincerely-the-centipede/

 

My e-book debut!

24 Dec
December 24, 2013

Kerry at zee waterfall JPG

 

Hello!  I hope you are enjoying a wonderful day!  Thank you for stopping by my website!

My name is Kerry Kennett.  As of December of 2013, I am a published author!  Additionally, I am a NYS certified teacher, and librarian, with two Masters degrees.  I earned an MST in Elementary and Special Education (from NCATE accredited St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, NY) and an MLS in School Library Media (from ALA accredited St. John’s University, Queens Campus).

I am EXTREMELY excited about the debut of my first published e-book, “To the Lady Upstairs, Sincerely, the Centipede” which is available via MeeGenius.com.  The story, illustrations, and narration work together to give all readers, from 2 to 102!, a wonderful reading experience that engages the senses.

For a sneak peek at my book, check out this link below which will bring you to a preview of the book.  Then, if you enjoy the preview, go ahead and indulge in the full book experience for $2.99 via MeeGenius.com.

 

Mee Genius allows readers to pay per book and you also have the choice of a subscription service on a monthly or yearly basis.  As of this post’s publishing, parents can pay $5 for a month’s subscription which gives children access to over 700 e-books!

Here is an additional link to purchase the book, excluding the preview:

http://www.meegenius.com/store/book/3fa3d763b3d6930e95ae2b934aa76d1e

For parents of young children, the subscription service is a great option because your reader can go on any time and read any book on the Mee Genius website.  The stories are all illustrated and narrated as well, so as the text is being read aloud, it is highlighted, to help kids get that text connection that is so crucial to catching the reading bug!

You will need an account to sign up with Mee Genius, to purchase my book (or any of their books!), but it is completely FREE to have an account with them—- free just as your social media account, or  e-mail account is.  I have an account with them and do not get “spam”  (maybe one e-mail per month with an announcement).

Just from experimenting using different devices, I have found that you can:

—Log in to MeeGenius using facebook (or an account via any e-mail that you set up).

—Purchase MeeGenius e-books via your wireless cell phone bill if you buy the book via a smartphone, or via PayPal, or via a credit card.

If you have trouble utilizing either website, mine, kerrykennett.com, or MeeGenius.com, please feel free to contact me!  You can leave a comment below (scroll to the bottom of this post!).

I am hoping this is the first of many published works!  Thank you for joining me on this wild writing ride!

To The Lady Upstairs  Sincerely The Centipede  cover