Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Barney Saltzberg Visits the Hollywood Schmooze

STAR OF THE WEEK, by author-illustrator
Barney Saltzberg
Barney Saltzberg with a new Hollywood Schmooze guest and author, Jane Rosenberg.
Barney Saltzberg has written over 50 picture books, so he had a lot to share with us on 11/20/2014.
We met in "the Office" -- for a cozy chat, and gained an understanding of what the successful life of a successful picture book writer looks like. Barney tours and speaks at schools. He is also being sent on international tours now by the State Dept. as a cultural envoy. It all sounds rather incredible. But Barney was the most down-to-earth, personable guest imaginable.

He inspired us, as he must do for countless kids who read his books!

He also told us of his long road to success. Though publishing came fairly easily, it took a while for him to build up a following. He almost quit once or twice, but when he re-doubled his efforts, his success took off.

So, have faith. "Being an artist takes time!" And Thanks, Barney, for taking the time to visit our Schmooze....
Reading "CHENGDU" to us.
Hearing Barney read: CHENGDU COULD NOT, WOULD NOT FALL ASLEEP was a treat. It is one of the most adorable picture books !
  And he's working on a sequel right now....

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