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Rita Lorraine

Rita Lorraine

Hello Everyone! I am a former special education teacher, and am currently a full-time children's writer, book blogger and freelance editor. My first picture book, Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story (Lee and Low) debuted on September 24, 2018. It is a School Library Journal selection and received positive Kirkus and Horn Book reviews. My second picture book, The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read (Random House) will debut in January 2020. I penned African Americans of Chattanooga: A History of Unsung Heroes, and I earned the 2014 SCBWI Letter of Merit for an unpublished multicultural novel. I am the author of Getting a Job in the Food Industry, Getting the Most Out of MOOCs, and The Right Health Care Degree for Me, all published by Rosen Publishing, and Playwriting, published by Cavendish Square in January, 2017. I review books for The New York Journal of Books. Thanks for visiting!

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    Carolyn Cordon

    I enjoyed this very much. I have the first draft of a novel now – the first one of many I’ve started. I got to ‘the end’ with this one by just devoting every moment to the writing for a month. Now, though, it’s time to work of the second draft. I have your thoughts here to help me with it.

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    Rita Lorraine Hubbard

    Rita Lorraine Hubbard

    Hi Carolyn,
    I’m so glad you stopped by. Congrats on your first draft. What’s your genre? I try to list competitions, etc. for various genres. If it’s a YA, be sure to check out my latest post on the Gotham Writer’s 250 word competition. Even though you’re in the editing stage, Gotham is accepting 250 words as a screening process to find up-and-coming writers. You never know where competitions will lead, but one thing’s for sure, they help keep your mind sharp and your writing tight.

    Best wishes,
    Rita Lorraine

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