Monday, May 11, 2015

Guest Posting today over at The Red Door Blog: How I Got My Agent: From Query to Contract With Marcie Colleen

As many of you know, I never tire of talking about my fabulous agent, Susan Hawk. There isn't a day that goes by that I am not thankful to have such a support in my corner.

Today Sophia Malonee interviews me about life post-agent signing on The Red Door Blog.

Whether or not you are in your own agent search, or just plain curious, stop on by!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Guest Posting Today on Nerdy Girls Rule: How Rejection Leads to Stellar Revision

Join me over at Nerdy Girls Rule today as I blog about Rejection and Revision.

And be sure to stick around to the very end of the post to learn about my upcoming class on Picture Book Revisions, which I am co-teaching with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and my agent, Susan Hawk.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Seeds of My Dream: The "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop

As I await the publication of my very first picture books--The Adventure of the Penguinaut (Scholastic, 2016) and Love, Triangle (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins, TBD), I have become extremely reminiscent of my writing journey.  Although I tell people that I have been writing for about four and a half years, in truth, I have always loved books and writing.

You see, I recently re-discovered a collection of my past elementary school creations that I am excited to share.

When Dani Duck first proposed the idea of a "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop about first "attempts" at writing picture books, I immediately jumped right in! Why?  Not because my creations were "bad."  But because to me they celebrate the dreams inside every little girl and boy.

Throughout our lives, our earliest dreams continue to burn--even if only faintly smoldering.  I consider myself to be lucky to have taken the steps to feed the flames of that dream. And although the attempts I am about to share never set the world on fire, when given the chance I believe all dreams can if we never give up.

 Rainbow Hunt by Marcie Goldstein, illustrated by Marcie Goldstein (circa 1982)

As you can see, I created a laminated hardback cover using cellophane sheet covers and cardboard.  Only the very BEST in production quality (my husband, Senior Production Manager at Little, Brown would approve!)

 Title Page

 Dedication page:  To My Mom and Dad with love

 One day their were some children.  They were happy because they saw a rainbow.  Their names were Susie, Kristen, Christi, and Marcie. They were best friends.  The rainbow was double.

And yes, I committed one of my own pet peeves and used the wrong "there".

 All of a sudden the rainbow started to disappear and then it was gone.

 Then they met a girl. Who was very smart.  She saw the rainbow out of her window.  Her name was Lisa.

 Lisa said, "I know where it is.  In the the Easter eggs I have." No said Christi, "I know it's in the shirt my mother has.

Grammatical errors as is.  And apparently Christi's mother is Joseph of Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat fame.
 Then the smart one, Marcie, said, "I know it will be back in a few minutes.  And then all of a sudden it started to come back.  But is wasn't a double one.

Humble much?  Ugh.  The smartest character was named Marcie.
And so they all watched it and always look at rainbows.
The End

Rainbow Hunt was not written as a school assignment, but was something I created for fun.  This was not uncommon for me.  Here are a few more of my earliest work.

 Mrs. Kopp's Nightmare
written as a class assignment and read aloud to younger students as part of a Halloween celebration at school

 And yes, Mrs. Kopp's Nightmare was also fully illustrated.  Notice the see-through ghosts.

 I also tried my hand at comic strips.  Here is one from The Adventures of Rasy Rasberry and Have A Heart.  This was written on my own and not for school.

 Oh, and I created my own Fashion Magazine, The Unique Unicorn.  Not only was I the Editor-in-Chief, I also wrote all of the articles. And I am sure if there was a cover, I would have been the cover girl of every issue--like Oprah!

I am so glad I still have so many of these treasures.  I consider them the earliest seeds of my writing journey--before SCBWI, before my agent, before the book contracts.  They are reminders that the little girl I once was became the woman I am today.

In closing, I would like to share these last words from a former teacher and a young writer.

 Super job Marcie.  Send me a copy of your first publication.

Oh I will.  I believe this was from my sixth grade English teacher, Ms. Silver in 1986.  So she should keep an eye out in her mailbox in 2016.  I intend to fulfill this request made thirty years earlier.

"About the Author"
Marcie Goldstein lives in Liverpool, N.Y. and loves to write books.  Someday she hopes to be an sucessful author.

You got it, girl!  You will!

You can see all of the posts in the "Bad" Picture Book Blog Hop at And tomorrow be sure to check out the next stop when Mandy Yates will share her early creation at

Monday, March 17, 2014


I am a few days late, I know.  But judging this year was incredibly difficult.  And with all of that slop took a long time to clean up.

Thank you so much for the 5 final stories.  Such creativity! 

We had a story that required gas masks to clean up; stories that trashed both a McDonalds and a grocery store, one that included a food slinging monkey; and even a Bacon Elementary.  Mmmm. 

A few brave contestants set their stories in rhyme, and all of the Flingers quickly jumped on board.  And two stories even included illustration.

This was very tough. As I said, the creativity was overwhelming and definitely had me rolling on the very sticky floor.

All of the winners this year will receive a  hardcover copy of the delightfully rhyming FOOD FIGHT! by Carol Diggory Shields, whimsically illustrated in clay by Doreen GayKassel. 

This book has been a favorite in my family for years and will hopefully inspire you all to participate again next year.

First we have the prize for the Most Food Flung.

In this case, it was a TIE!  With 9 fabulous tosses of glop each, these two commented multiple times on each story and definitely were community personified.


Both of you need to be sure to email me your address at to claim your prize..

And now the winner of The Best Story. 

The judging finally came down to the story which was not only creative in its setting, scenario and characters, but also kept me wondering what the sequel will hold.  Seriously, the characters were so fleshed out and the language was peppered with fun similes and metaphors that had me chuckling.  I hope we haven't seen the last of the firey red Priscilla Witherspoon.

The winner of the 2nd ANNUAL LITERARY FOOD FIGHT "Best Story" is


Please reach out to me at so we arranged your prize. 

Congrats to the winners. And once again, thank you to all of our participants. I hope it was truly a good time and we hope to play with you again next year!

I also want to thank Julie Rowan-Zoch for our fabulous badge.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Read the Completed 2ND ANNUAL FOOD FIGHT Stories Here!

Phew!  Anyone else exhausted?  What a fun time! 
Thank you ALL who participated in the Second Annual FOOD FIGHT!  And an extra special thank you to the 7 bloggers who allowed us to FLING and SPLAT all over their pages.  They have had the weeknd to clean up and today you can read their completed stories here.

Blogger Participants, please link your story below. 

Judging will start this week with a winner announced March 14th!


Completed FOOD FIGHT Stories:

Friday, March 7, 2014

Last Day to Fling Your Food! Literary FOOD FIGHT closes at Midnight EST

Sad, but true.  Our FOOD FIGHT comes to an end at midnight tonight (EST).  So, grab that last spoonful of chocolate pudding or that last bowl of creamed corn and make it count!

It's not too late to win the coveted "Most Food Flung" award. 

Your comment needs to grow the story.

Read the posted story and all of the comments that precede you. Then, post your comment. Be sure to build on and further the existing story. Your comment should flow. The story should read as if it was written by one person when read from beginning to end.

ALSO, your comment needs to include at least one word of onomatopoeia and one thrown item of food. Your onomatopoeia must be a word that has not been used already in that story, as well. That's right. Be creative.

You can comment more than once on a story, however, you cannot fight with yourself...meaning, you cannot follow one of your own comments...someone else needs to comment before you can comment again. Have fun.

To my Participating Bloggers:

Over the weekend (March 8th and 9th) blog owners need to wrap up their story. 

Clean up any comments that do not contribute to the story (you know, those "I heart this post" comments). 

I am going to ask you to repost the story in its entirity in a brand new post. 

Create a satisfying ending.  Tie up any loose ends.  Flex those creative writing chops.

Judging starts on Monday and the prizes for "Best Story" and "Most Food Flung" will be awarded March 14th.

You MUST be a Follower of this Blog to be eligible for prizes.

Monday, March 3, 2014

FOOD FIGHT!! Start Your Stories

It's here!  The Write Routine's Second Annual FOOD FIGHT! in celebration of World Read Aloud Day.

So what do you do?

If you have a blog, create a post in which you start a story. This story should have a clear setting and at least one clear character. Set the scene. Be creative. It can be anywhere and anything.

There is no word minimum or maximum.  But remember, I am a kidlit let's keep it clean (until we start throwing food, of course).

Write the story up to the moment when a food fight breaks out. And then stop.

Publish your post, enter the link below...and then sit back.

If you don't have a blog, relax...your participation will be needed too.  Read full FOOD FIGHT instructions for participation here.

Remember, you MUST be a Follower of this blog to be eligible for prizes.