Authors Speak: Shirley Raye Redmond Sept. 24

Los Alamos Author Shirley Raye Redmond


The featured author in Mesa Public Library’s ongoing Authors Speak series for September is Shirley Raye Redmond.

Redmond will talk about “How to Write a Marketable Children’s Book in 7 Weeks” at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Upstairs Rotunda at Mesa Public Library. She has graciously agreed to fill in for the previously scheduled author Doug Fine, who was unable to come.

Redmond is the author of 27 books and more than 450 articles, which have been published in a wide variety of publications, including Cosmopolitan and Highlights for Children. Two of her nonfiction children’s titles have sold more than 200,000 copies each. Her book Fairies, A True Story, was the winner of the 2012 New Mexico Book Award, and the book Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection.

Redmond also is a leader in local writing circles, and has offered many writers the encouragement and support they needed to get their work published.

How to Write a Marketable Children’s Book in 7 Weeks takes writer from the idea stage of a book through research, assessing the market, how to make the book a length that publishers will work with, and finally to the “pitch letter” addressed to prospective publishers.

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and regional authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects such as local and state history, travel, outdoor activities, fiction, Native American history and culture, poetry and more.

The series is funded by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Library System. The talks are free and begin at 7 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, followed by the opportunity to meet the authors and enjoy refreshments.

For more information about the Authors Speak series and other adult programs at the Los Alamos County Library System, call Katy Korkos at 505.662.8247, or go to

Review: The Children’s Writing Update from Children’s Book Insider

“Write a Marketable Children’s Book in 7 Weeks” does exactly what the title promises: it breaks down the daunting task of crafting a children’s book into seven thoughtfully designed chunks. It’s so wonderfully simple and well-planned our first reaction was “Why didn’t we think of this?”