Friday, November 21, 2014

A Fond Farewell and an Introduction

You may have noticed some new names under our Meet the Editors heading. Before I make the introductions, please join me in sending a huge thank you to Jodie Fletcher who co-edited the SCBWI-MI newsletter for two years and helped with the transition to this blog. 

Jodie is devoting more time to her freelance writing career and is in the midst of a big move downstate to the metro-Detroit area. I heard there's quite a bit of home renovating going on, too - she's digging into all kinds of new projects. I'll miss our monthly editorial phone calls/inspirational chats, but now she'll live close enough to meet up in person! 

Jodie and I found ways to amuse ourselves whenever inevitable newsletter frustrations arose. My favorite was sneaking photos of Jodie's Little Dog into the newsletter stories, because who can resist that cute sweet face?!

Follow Jodie on Twitter @jodellafletch to keep up with her furry friends, writing projects, and much more.

Moving forward, I'm thrilled to introduce two new members to The Mitten blog team: Nina Goebel and Patti Richards!

Nina Goebel is an illustrator and will coordinate our Featured Illustrator content. She has great ideas, and I can't wait to see how the blog design evolves in her artistic hands. Learn more about Nina and see her artwork at her website.

Patti Richards is a children's author and will coordinate our Hugs and Hurrahs and Meet a Member spotlights. Patti and I have cheered for each other through our publishing highs and lows over the years, and I'm looking forward to blogging with her. Learn more about Patti and her various writing projects at her website.

Nina and Patti will share more about themselves in the weeks ahead, and we'll be brainstorming ways to make this blog beneficial to as many of you as possible. As always, we welcome your contributions, and we want to hear your ideas. See the Submissions tab above for information about writing guest posts or email me at

Have a happy Thanksgiving, and check in with us the following day on Friday, Nov. 28th. We'll have a special post to gear up for #Giving Tuesday.

Have a great weekend!
Kristin Lenz


  1. Thanks SO much, Jodie, for your many hours of volunteerism for SCBWI-MI. We'll miss you in this role, but we look forward to seeing your accomplishments yet to come. Kristin, Patti, and Nina -- I can feel the energy already! Thanks in advance for your efforts!

  2. Thanks Jodie for all your hard work! Patti and Nina, welcome. Kristin, as always, you're awesome.

  3. Thanks so much for all the support and kind words you've all shared over the last couple of years. Co-editing The Mitten was such a rewarding experience! It gave me the chance to correspond with so many amazingly talented people in our community and help spread the word about the incredible things you all are up to. And I made some really great new friends! I can't wait to see the wonderful things that Patti and Nina will bring, and how their input will help The Mitten evolve!

    And I am so very thankful to have had the opportunity to work with Kristin. For those of you who don't know her personally, she is one of the kindest, most compassionate and lovely people I've ever met, and I am so grateful that working on The Mitten brought me such a wonderful friend.

    Best to you all!

  4. A huge thanks to all of you for putting together The Mitten! Your work is greatly appreciated, probably much more than you realize.

  5. Thanks for the kind words, everyone! It takes time to grow a blog, and we appreciate your support!