When I do school visits, I usually present a program with a dual focus. First, we do some games or activities related to the science concepts in the featured book. Then we take a look at the bookmaking process—how I get an idea, how I do research, what I think about as I write the book. I explain that after I complete the writing, many other people get involved. In this sense, creating a book is a team effort, and everyone has an important job to do.
The first people to see my manuscripts is my critique group (seen here with Flat Stanley). We meet twice a month at a local library and give one another feedback. Their thoughts and ideas are invaluable.
No words can express how grateful I am for their contributions. Without their insights, I’d have a whole lot fewer books in print.