Although it isn’t immediately evident on this blog, I am a person of eclectic interests. For the purposes of my blog, however, I’ve chosen to concentrate mainly on writing, reading and the arts (hence my tagline). In the summer, I may have a little fun with topics relating to that last word in the tagline, “life.” But that’s summer. This is now.

Throughout March, I’ll be taking you behind the scenes in some of the facets of the arts that particularly interest me.

If you read the whole post, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to join in on a Giveaway…

During Behind the Scenes Month, we’ll look at how books become movies; what a set and costume designer does; there’ll be a guest post by Jennifer Kirkeby, writer, actress, playwright, who recently brought Anna Dewdney’s Llama, Llama, Red Pajama to the stage in Minnesota; we’ll take a look at stage and film direction; and we’ll see some inspiring examples of symphony orchestras  reaching out beyond the concert stage.

I’ve found some great picture books that fit in with each week’s theme and look forward to sharing them with you for March’s Perfect Picture Book Fridays. I’m hoping for a couple of interviews, but haven’t finalized arrangements for those as yet.

In the midst of all that, I’ll be interviewed on Sandra Hershenson’s blog, The Write Stuff, on March 12th.  Plus, my blog will be receiving a blog critique from Laura B. Writer on March 19th. I’m looking forward to her feedback about what works and what doesn’t on By Word of Beth.

I’m excited about what’s coming up. Hope you’ll enjoy it, too!

And now (drumroll…) there’s a GIVEAWAY to wind up February.

I have an extra copy of the 2012 Guide to Literary Agents and an extra copy of The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters. They came with a package-deal I ordered. I already had purchased my copies. SO it seems logical that I share these books with my fellow writers.

If you would like your name entered into the draw for these books, simply say so in the comments on today’s, tomorrow’s or Wednesday’s posts. Indicate in your comment whether you’d like to have a chance at Agents, Query Letters, or both books. Comments will close at 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time Thursday, March 1.  On Thursday morning, random.org will help me choose a winner for Agents and a winner for Queries.

Note: Each time you comment (for example, if you comment on each of the three posts) your name will be entered into the draw. Winners can be from anywhere (preferably on this planet).

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