Author Janet Halfmann Talks Shop

Little Skink’s Tail     This past weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting children’s book author Janet Halfmann, at a signing for her new picture book, Little Skink’s Tail, which just came out in August of 2007. You’ve likely seen some of Janet’s books; she’s written nearly 30, mostly non-fiction picture books of an animal or nature theme, some of which she’s generously donated to the Milwaukee Public Library system for the enjoyment of generations of children.

     Janet was willing to share her time to talk of her career and experience, for which I am truly grateful. She was also a former newspaper reporter and currently lives in South Milwaukee (my old stomping grounds), so we had lots to talk about.

     Janet meets the public again — this time, her target audience — for story time at the Racine Art Museum on December 15th, from 1 to 3 p.m. You can check out Little Skink’s Tail at

2 replies
  1. Rebecca Laffar-Smith
    Rebecca Laffar-Smith says:

    Sounds like a great experience! I’ve been trying to get to a book signing recently but keep slamming into scheduling issues. Not to mention events that get cancelled or relocated without notice.

    I’d love to know more about what you and Janet talked about. Any tidbits and tips for writers? 30 children’s book is an exceptional feat. She sounds like a remarkable woman.

    If only I lived locally (like in the same ‘country’ lol) My kids would love story time. 🙂

  2. Silvia
    Silvia says:

    We talked about:

    *Agents. She doesn’t have one, choosing instead to handle her own submissions and contracts.

    *Submitting manuscripts. Her latest book was snatched up by Sylvan Dell very early in the process.

    *Experience. Yes, she’s got years of valuable experience. I’m sure editors appreciate it, and it helped her to decide where to submit her manuscript.

    *Her next few books. One will be illustrated by her daughter, Laura.

    I wish them both much success.

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