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HELLO!

Wait a minute ... you want to learn about me? Little 'ol me??

Wow. I am honored. 

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What I do:

 

I write picture books and graphic novels! Yay! Pretty cool, huh? Just to be clear, I write them. I do NOT illustrate them (which you probably figured out when you saw my friends Pencil and Eraser over there).

 

My Goals:

 

* Find the perfect literary agent to represent me, my characters, and my unique style and humor. 

 

* Be my future agent's most valuable client. Seriously.

* Be one of those amazing authors with, like, 200 books published. It's incredible... but I'm totally up for it. 

* Published or not, I'm still creating. And always will be.

 

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What I would tell an Agent:  

 

* My submission package is waiting for you... just ask

 

* I am NEVER short on ideas or drafts. They are everywhere. Literally and figuratively. 

 

* I'm looking for a business partner. Two people who make each other more successful and have fun doing it.

 

* I want to be able to openly communicate, bounce ideas off each other, and speak honestly. If you never want to talk to me, I understand, but we're not a good match.

 

* I'm willing to revise, rewrite, and rethink any and all stories to make the best story possible. I LOVE opinions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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More Personally:

 

I'm an awesome mom to Dimitri (8) and Elspeth (1). That's what I'm most proud of. Well... that and the fact I can move my pinky toes independently.

 

I know, I'm spilling talent, right?

What to Expect wtih a CJ Story: 

* You are going to laugh. Like, actually laugh. 

 

* There's a high probability something is going to be eaten or tricked. Or tricked then eaten. It happens. 

 

* It might be moral-less. You might learn something or you might not. Or you might learn that you're not always going to learn something, so you've actually learned something after all. (Mic drop.)

 

* It might be written in all or mostly dialogue. But I promise the dialogue is super funny! 

 

* Absolutely character-driven. Unique characters with fun voice and personality that are memorable. 

 

* Could be dark (that's where the "tricked" and "eaten" comes in... and chainsaws. Intrigued?)

 

* There will be potty humor. Love it or hate it, there's nothing like hearing a kid laugh at a poop joke.

 

* It has heart. A sweetness. Either in character or story.

 

* Average word count: 500; Age range: 2-8

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Writing Groups/Activities: 

 

* The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI Ohio North)

* Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge

* #Storystorm Participant

* #PBChat Participant 

* Multiple critique partners/groups

* SCBWI, Mazza Museum, and local conferences, writing workshops,

webinars, contests, and discussions.

* Twitter writing community @cjpenko

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