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Archive for February, 2009

Big Picture Revision

Friday, February 27th, 2009 Posted in the writing process | 6 Comments »


Essentially, revision comes in two stages: 1) What I think of as "Big Picture" Revision; and 2) All the little details, which is really better understood as "copyediting." I think kids groan whenever revision is discussed for many reasons, and probably ...

Sunrise Doesn’t Last All Morning: George Harrison’s Birthday

Thursday, February 26th, 2009 Posted in Current Events, Music, Uncategorized | No Comments »


Yesterday was the anniversary of George Harrison's birthday, so I'm a day late. This is one of my favorite songs of his post-Beatles career, and seems most fitting, though I have many that I love: "What Is Life," "Isn't It ...

Fan Mail Wednesday # 32

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 Posted in Fan Mail, Six Innings | No Comments »


Oh yeah, unh-huh, hands in the air, that's right -- Fan Mail Wednesday, coming at ya! Dear Mr. Preller: My name is Henry.  I am a sixth grader in Washington, D.C. and I read your book.  My school librarian tries to have ...

James Preller, 2nd Grader

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 Posted in Family | 1 Comment »


First, please note this blog's snazzy new "Search" function. With more than 200 posts since May, I figured it was time. I've also added a couple of childhood photos to the, um, "Photos" page. I hope to add a couple more, ...

James Preller Interviews . . . Author Karen Roosa

Monday, February 23rd, 2009 Posted in Interviews & Appreciations | 3 Comments »


A while back, I stopped by Julie Fortenberry's most excellent blog and noticed the cover of her new book, Pippa at the Parade. The author's name was Karen Roosa. And I thought, I wonder if that's my Karen Roosa? My Karen ...

Old Photo

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 Posted in Family | No Comments »


I found this old photo, taken with my sister Jean in a photo booth. It was, as you can see, before I got the hang of these things . . . unlike today . . .

Bystander: Revising Galleys

Thursday, February 19th, 2009 Posted in Bystander, the writing process | 4 Comments »


I've been messing with the "second pass" galleys for Bystander (Fall, 2009). These last corrections are minor, twenty pages can go by untouched, and these last changes won't be reflected in the ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) that go around to ...

Fan Mail Wednesday #31

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 Posted in Fan Mail, the writing process | No Comments »


Bang a gong -- it's another Fan Mail Wednesday! Here's a good example of what it's like to get a letter from a mob . . . Dear Mr. Preller, We are kindergarten, first, second and third grade students at The Albany ...

This Week’s Coolest Thing Ever

Monday, February 16th, 2009 Posted in Jigsaw Jones, Six Innings, the writing process | 2 Comments »


I got this in the mail the other day, the Korean translation of Six Innings. For the curious, these "foreign rights" things just sort of happen on the publishing side of things; the author has nothing to do with it. ...

2009 Notable Children’s Books: The Official List

Sunday, February 15th, 2009 Posted in Six Innings | No Comments »


The official list is out -- and I'm still on it! Whew. There are a lot of people to thank, and many of them signed this ball. Jean, Liz, Rich, Elizabeth F., Dave, Christine, Elizabeth U., Nicole, and Jessica: Thanks. Jean Feiwel ...