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Archive for May, 2008

Happy & Nappy

Friday, May 30th, 2008 Posted in Six Innings | No Comments »


I received a nice email yesterday from a woman named Doret C, a baseball fan and bookseller from Atlanta, who writes a blog called TheHappyNappyBookseller. She wrote a review for Six Innings which you can read in full by clicking ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #2

Thursday, May 29th, 2008 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings | No Comments »


In what I hope will become a recurring feature -- Fan Mail Wednesday! -- I'll take comments and questions from actual fan mail and include my responses here. Aundrea S. writes via email: Dear James Preller, Hi, well I thought that your book ...

Unhappy

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


  Well, I'm having a lot of problems with artwork on this blog. Some shows up, some doesn't. I hate this kind of thing. My apologies. Hopefully this gets solved soon. In the meantime, I need to revise an upcoming novel, Bystander, ...

The Waiting

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 Posted in A Pirates Guide (Series) | No Comments »


The waiting is the hardest part. Every day you see one more card. You take it on faith, you take it to the heart. The waiting is the hardest part. -- Tom Petty Let's face it: Picture books take forever, and that's when they stay ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #1

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008 Posted in Fan Mail | No Comments »


In what I hope will become a recurring feature, I'll take questions from actual fan mail and include my answers here. * * * * * Jason asks, "Where do you get your ideas?" Ideas are everywhere and anywhere, Jason. They come ...

Book Covers

Monday, May 19th, 2008 Posted in Along Came Spider | No Comments »


Above, you should (maybe, possibly, hopefully) see the cover to my new hardcover book, Along Came Spider, due for publication this September (Scholastic, ages 8-12). Except, well, that used to be the cover until about three weeks ago. You see, ...

Skribblers Magazine

Saturday, May 17th, 2008 Posted in Happenings, Readings | No Comments »


One of the central ideas for this blog is that I hope to communicate about what's going on right now. The life of a writer, I guess -- not that my life is so exciting or brillliant, but, um, it's ...

Remembering Craig

Monday, May 12th, 2008 Posted in New York Mets, Six Innings | No Comments »


I often fill my books with little in-jokes, things that few people (if any) will notice. I guess that’s true of most writers. After I worked for a long time on individual character sketches, it came time to construct the ...

Experiment: Adding Art

Monday, May 12th, 2008 Posted in Six Innings | 1 Comment »


This is the cover of my newest book, Six Innings. But basically, I'm just messing around with adding images. The art was done by a guy named Chris Sheban, who also did covers for Because of Winn-Dixie,  The Tiger Rising (both by ...

Hello world!

Friday, May 2nd, 2008 Posted in Uncategorized | No Comments »


This is the first post in my Blog New World. I'm just trying to figure out how this thing . . . goes! JP