Jul 20

New to the Library: Spicy Alphabet

by Hannah Holt »


It’s been a while since I’ve added anything to the reading library. Sorry about that. Life has been as crazy as two babies dancing on a window ledge.

However, I’m excited to show you my latest addition.

Click the bookshelf and read it now!

In the mean time, I’d love to hear about your favorite spices, and your thoughts on this book.

Jun 26

Halfway There

by Hannah Holt »


I’m guest blogging on Julie Hedlund’s blog today. Julie is amazingly talented and one of my first writing friends. If you get a chance, come on over and say hello.

One of Julie’s many projects is leading a group called 12×12 (over 400 writers and illustrators participate). The challenge is to write twelve picture book manuscripts in one year. No previous experience required!

If you missed signing up for 2012, be sure to sign up on her email form for next year. I highly recommend it.

What has 12×12 done for me?

Well, I’ve written six picture book manuscripts this year. That’s six more than last year. None of them are submission worthy, but two have me jumping out of my seat with excitement.

My favorite part of 12×12 is the wonderful network of friends. I’ve connected with so many talented writers from around the world. It may be a bunny eat bunny world in children’s publishing, but you’ll never meet a nicer group of people than the 12x12ers.

If you’d like to meet more 12x12ers, click here.

Happy writing and have a great week!

May 03

Mother’s Day Photo Caption Contest

by Hannah Holt »


*** This contest is now closed. Thanks to all who entered! ***

My Mother’s Day post is alllmost ready, but I’m missing one thing. I need a caption for this photo.

Because it’s Mother’s Day, I thought I’d reward myself (with laziness) and you (with cash) by running a contest. If you come up with the best caption for this photo, you get the cash.

Here are the rules:

  1. The title of this photo is “Motherhood.” Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to create a description for “Motherhood” in 140 characters or less (including spaces, punctuation, etc., like Twitter).
  2. The contest runs from now until midnight (EST), Thursday May 10, 2012.
  3. Enter by leaving a comment here or on my Facebook page.
  4. You can enter only one caption. If you submit more than one, the first entry will be your official one; extras are just for fun.

What you win:

  1. If selected, your name will appear under the final photo caption. You also win $20 in cold hard cash.
  2. Each entrant will be automatically entered into an additional $20 sweepstakes drawing.
  3. Like my Facebook page, and your name goes into the sweepstakes drawing one additional time.
  4. Share the contest and receive one more sweepstakes ticket. (You can share the contest either from my original Facebook page link or by tweeting with the hashtag #lbbContest. If your Twitter handle isn’t the same as your name, please let me know in the comments section.)
  5. For those counting, that’s a total of three chances you can have in the sweepstakes (one for entering, one for “liking”, and one for sharing).

The fine print:

  1. You must be at least 18 years old to enter (sorry!).
  2. I will remove any submissions with profanity or offensive language. Let’s keep it family friendly.
  3. The winners will be posted on Saturday, May 12th. You must email your address to me within seven days or forfeit the prize. Please use the “Contact” page on this website.

Now put on those thinking caps, and GOOD LUCK!

Feb 25

Guest Post at Imagine, Create, Write

by Hannah Holt »

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Today I’m guest blogging over at Imagine, Create, Write, where you’ll learn how to make this nifty oval chalkboard for under $10 (as well as a few facts about me). Come check it out!

Feb 23

The Problem With Blogging Awards

by Hannah Holt »


In the past week, Lightbulb Books has received not one, not two… but three blogging awards.

I am genuinely touched by my benefactors and appreciate the sentiment. But as you’ve probably guessed, this is not going to be a post where I tell you ten random things about myself.

Instead, I’d like you to consider a few reasons why you should “just say no” to blog awards.

1) They hurt people’s feelings. These awards tend to move around blogging social circles like coffee drinking squirrels, but inevitably someone is left out. Is Suzy No-Award’s blog less worthy than the rest of her friends? Probably not. In the flurry of awards, she was simply overlooked.

2) But who cares if someone is left out? These awards only go to quality blogs, right? No. Blogging awards are quantity (not quality) driven. Consider this: Versatile bloggers assign the award to 15 new bloggers each turn. It would only take 6 iterations for this award to reach more than eleven million unique blogs. Now that takes versatility! With quantity like that, quality could never be a serious consideration. The Liebster, Kreativ, and other awards are only slightly more exclusive. It would take them ten rounds to cross the million blog mark.

3) Because of their overused nature, blogging awards don’t increase site traffic for awardees. You might occasionally snag a new reader or two, but the chances are slim. They have been passed around so frequently that reader’s eyes gloss over at the very sight of them.

4) They encourage bad behavior. Does this sound familiar? “Did you get my award? Did you get it? You have to pass it on. You have to thank me. You need to link my blog to your blog…” Don’t do stuff like this. We all have enough stress in our life without inventing new ways to torture each other. Blogging awards have become the chain letters of adulthood.

Now it’s nice to be recognized, and spectacular blogs deserve promotion. So here are a few guilt-free ways to promote the blogs you love.

1) Pingbacks. Like a post? Link it on your blog.

2) Give a shout out! Spread the word about articles you like on facebook and twitter.

3) Leave thoughtful comments. Bloggers love thoughtful discussions in their comment sections. If you like an article, stop by the comment section and say so.

Finally, for anyone who’s always wanted a blogging award, I’ve created an open award: “The Flexible Otter Award.”

It’s an award bestowed upon ├╝ber-cool bloggers capable of performing these four vital tasks:

1) Recite the flexible otter oath, “I do solemnly swear to avoid chain letters, hungry sharks, and over preening.”

2) Do a headstand.

3) Wink at a picture of David Hasselhoff (or a celebrity of your choice) while performing the same.

4) Post a picture of this on your blog.

Like so…

That’s it.

If you would like the flexible otter award, just leave me a comment saying “yes!” And congratulations! You deserve it!

How do you feel about blogging awards? Do you have a favorite/least favorite? Maybe you had a positive experience with one. If so, tell us about it.