2022 & Me

I can’t believe it’s already the end of November! The year has gone by really fast and for me most of these past months consisted on waiting for the day my debut picture book, Santiago’s Dinosaurios, would finally hit the shelves. For this reason, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for 2022.Continue reading “2022 & Me”

Countries We Write In: Mariana Ríos

As you may know, I’m Mexican but for the last 6 years I’ve been living in Anderson, South Carolina, USA and I love it. Anderson is a small southern town located two hours from Atlanta, Georgia. This town has been like a piece of heaven for me, with all the green, the wild animals, andContinue reading “Countries We Write In: Mariana Ríos”

Musically Spoken

Music has always been part of my life. I’ve always loved playing piano and singing. During my college years I used to participate in a student group that put on cover concerts at school. It was so much fun, those are definitely some of my dearest memories from those happy years. Afterwards, I had theContinue reading “Musically Spoken”

Writing and Illustrating Picture Books

In this post I’ll give you an insight on how the authors and illustrators work “together” to create a picture book. I’ll be talking specifically about my experience with Santiago’s Dinosaurios. Please consider that the process might be different with other publishers. When I signed up my contract with Albert Whitman & Co. in MarchContinue reading “Writing and Illustrating Picture Books”

My 2nd Book is Getting Published!

Today I’m happy to share the news that my 2nd picture book is getting published! The announcement was officially made last Thursday on Publisher’s Weekly and on Friday I got to share about it on my social media. It made my day to read all the wonderful and encouraging messages that were left on myContinue reading “My 2nd Book is Getting Published!”

Our Writing Processes: Mariana Ríos

I’ve really enjoyed reading about the writing processes of my fellow Path2Pub contributors this month. It’s been very interesting to get to know more about them and what’s behind their journeys as writers. Something I’ve learned from each of their posts is that everyone has a special way of writing that works well for eachContinue reading “Our Writing Processes: Mariana Ríos”

Why do I write?

Ten days ago, on April 8th, I had my first school visit as a children’s book author, and it was amazing. Even though my debut book is coming out until October, I was invited to talk to four 2nd grade classes as part of Legacy Day in my kids’ elementary. I was thrilled when IContinue reading “Why do I write?”

Cover Reveal: Presenting your book to the world

February 25th was a special day for me, since I got to celebrate the cover reveal for my debut book Santiago’s Dinosaurios which will be released by Albert Whitman & Co. on October 1st, 2022. The process of creating the cover was the job of the illustrator, Ms. Udayana Lugo, and the design team atContinue reading “Cover Reveal: Presenting your book to the world”

Querying my debut Picture Book

Today I want to share the query letter that helped me get my debut picture book published. In this case, the query wasn’t intended for an agent (although I followed the same structure that I used when querying for an agent). This letter was written for an editor who liked one of my pitches inContinue reading “Querying my debut Picture Book”

The Value of Critique Partners

One of the very first things I learned when I began my writing journey was the value of having critique partners. I never suspected back then how much I’d be relying on these writers to share the ups and downs of this unexpected path as years have gone by.  In January 2018 my dream ofContinue reading “The Value of Critique Partners”