Happy Book Birthday to DEEP, DEEP DOWN & GIVEAWAYS!

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Hello world!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! I wish you health, joy, compassion, and of course, love.

January is a big month for me. My new STEM book DEEP, DEEP, DOWN: The Secret Underwater Poetry of the Mariana Trench illustrated by Juan Calle and published by Capstone Editions, a Capstone imprint, sailed into our universe on January 1! This book was a labor of love, and combines my two biggest passions: science and poetry.

Here’s a summary: Deep, deep down, at the very bottom of the ocean, lies a secret world. Through lyrical narration, this spare-text STEM picture book takes readers on a journey to a place very few humans have ever been–the Mariana Trench. The imagined voyage debunks scary myths about this mysterious place with surprising and beautiful truths about life at Earth’s deepest point. DEEP, DEEP, DOWN: The Secret Underwater Poetry of the Mariana Trench shows a vibrant world far below, and teaches readers how interconnected our lives are to every place on the planet.

And….I’m kicking it off with 2 awesome giveaways!

GIVEAWAY 1:

The first giveaway (signed copy of my book DEEP, DEEP, DOWN: The Secret Underwater Poetry of the Mariana Trench illustrated by Juan Calle and published by Capstone Editions, a Capstone imprint OR a free critique) on the lovely Vivian Kirkfield’s blog. Click below to enter:

https://viviankirkfield.com/2023/01/01/happy-book-birthday-deep-deep-down-the-secret-underwater-poetry-of-the-mariana-trench-plus-giveaway/

GIVEAWAY 2:

The second giveaway is only for my loyal blog followers, which is YOU, dear reader! It’s simple: just leave a comment on this blog post sharing what your writing goals are for 2023 and then RT the tweet below. My writing goal is simple: WRITE EVERY DAY! I often get lost in marketing, responding to emails, doing author visits, and other admin duties and days may go by without me exercising my writing muscles. So I’m trying to work on that!

What’s the big prize? A signed copy of my book, magnets, bookmarks, and stickers OR a critique with digital copy of the book if you prefer. (US & Canada, contest ends Jan 9, 2023).

More news! After a few months toiling away, I updated my website! I added books, a whole section for educators, resources for writers, and free worksheets for kids. Click below and don’t forget to press F5 to refresh:

http://www.lydialukidis.com/

And newsflash: I’m now officially offering critique services for writers! For more information and rates, click below:

http://www.lydialukidis.com/writers.html

Thank you for following my blog, it is SO appreciated!! I’ll be back on January 18 to start my Blissfully Bookish Q & A posts with other authors along with more giveaways for all you kidlit folks!

Love & Light,

Lydia

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50 thoughts on “Happy Book Birthday to DEEP, DEEP DOWN & GIVEAWAYS!

    Lydia Lukidis responded:
    January 9, 2023 at 8:53 am

    YAY! Laurie Carmody is the giveaway winner 🙂

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    S. K. Wenger said:
    January 6, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Congratulations, Lydia! I’m so glad to see this book out in the world! Best wishes for more writing time in 2023. I am hoping for the same.
    😀

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    Jasmine said:
    January 4, 2023 at 9:56 pm

    My goal is to finish my middle grade Novel!!

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    Wendy said:
    January 3, 2023 at 11:41 am

    The trailer really put me in the submersible mood! My goal for 2023 is to put my three words into action–daring/accountability/structure. Hope 2023 is good to all of us!

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 3, 2023 at 1:59 pm

      Submersibles look like fun but not sure I’d want to be stuck inside one, haha! Greta goals, good luck!

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    cbloomy said:
    January 3, 2023 at 9:36 am

    Happy New Year and Congratulations! I cannot wait to read Deep, Deep, Down. My writing goal for 2023 is to slow down, take deep breaths, and enjoy the process.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 3, 2023 at 10:31 am

      YES! Enjoying the process is what it’s all about 🙂

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    Joyce Uglow said:
    January 3, 2023 at 9:35 am

    Lydia, my goals for 2023 include reading more poetic PBs and especially poetic nonfiction PBs. I cannot wait to get my hands on DEEP.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 3, 2023 at 10:32 am

      Nice! There are many lyrical NF books out there, and some even written in rhyme. Enjoy…

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    Laurie Stewart Fortier said:
    January 3, 2023 at 9:20 am

    Happy New Year, Lydia and Congratulations on your beautiful book! I can’t wait to read it with my granddaughter 😍
    My goal for 2023 is to find an agent to champion my stories!

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    mona861 said:
    January 3, 2023 at 5:00 am

    This book looks and sounds wonderful-the title, the cover, the poetry! It’s interesting what sparks us to write what we do. My goal this year is to craft 30 story ideas in January with StoryStorm and then to actually write at least one draft or complete story every month in 2023.

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    mlyablonaolcom said:
    January 2, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    The book looks beautiful! My goal this year is to really focus on querying.

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    seschipper said:
    January 2, 2023 at 10:10 pm

    Lydia, this book looks simply amazing! I have always loved anything related to the ocean and shore! Looking forwrd to adding this to my collection! Congratulations Lydia and Juan!

    My writing goals for this year are to focus my attention on writing and revising manuscripts. I hope to join a writing class such as 12 x 12 to sharpen my writing skils! 🙂

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 3, 2023 at 10:33 am

      Thanks for the constant support, and great goals!

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    Kendra Bell said:
    January 2, 2023 at 8:12 pm

    Ah congrats, Lydia! What an accomplishment! I can’t wait to read it (the teacher in me is already imagining my read-aloud voice).

    My goal for 2023 is to query and hopefully land a deal for my debut MG novel! I’ve been working on it for 4 years – what a ride! Whatever happens, it’s been a rewarding journey and I’ve learned so much. And regardless, I’ll keep writing!

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 3, 2023 at 10:34 am

      I’d love to hear your read0aloud voice too! BY the way, I’m giving free virtual author visits in Feb if you’re interested 🙂

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    Angie said:
    January 2, 2023 at 7:52 pm

    Yay! Congratulations, Lydia! I’m so excited to read your new book! Fascinating!

    I’m planning on getting back to the love I have for writing. With all of the “other stuff” we must do as writers, my time has disappeared and I haven’t had time to enjoy writing. That’s my dream for 2023! Happy New Year!

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 8:02 pm

      That’s major!! Writing should be enjoyable, it’s a great reminder for us all…

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    Elizabeth Kalasinsky said:
    January 2, 2023 at 7:27 pm

    My writing goals for 2023: write more, get serious about querying. Congrats on this book; it looks beautiful!

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 8:02 pm

      Good luck with the querying! I had to go through 3 long rounds to get to my third agent, but all worth it!

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    kskeesling said:
    January 2, 2023 at 6:27 pm

    Congratulations Lydia, the book looks beautiful! I love your goal. My goal is to finish the first draft of the YA I’m working on.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 8:03 pm

      RESPECT to you! I’ve been working on an MG and find it tough. Good for you!

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    jillburns7 said:
    January 2, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    Congratulations, Lydia! How exciting! This book looks so magical and beautiful! My goal is to keep writing. There are so many times I feel like giving up! Happy New Year!

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 8:04 pm

      I’ve also wanted to give up several times, I do think it’s normal. It’s a tough industry but you got this!!!

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        jillburns7 said:
        January 2, 2023 at 8:09 pm

        Thank you, Lydia!

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    Erik Ammon said:
    January 2, 2023 at 4:30 pm

    I can’t wait to get this book! It looks and sounds amazing! My goals? To journal often, keep working on stories I love, and keep submitting.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 8:04 pm

      Sound like smart goals! Happy New Year 🙂

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    sharonkdal said:
    January 2, 2023 at 4:21 pm

    I’m seeing your glorious new book everywhere! Hurrah!
    My writing goal for 2023: Enjoy the process and celebrate the failures.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 8:05 pm

      Awww so sweet! And yes, the “failures” are part of the journey….an essential part.

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    chardixon47 said:
    January 2, 2023 at 4:03 pm

    Congratulations, Lydia!!

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    limakat said:
    January 2, 2023 at 3:59 pm

    what a beautiful book – congratulations!

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    Stephanie Owen said:
    January 2, 2023 at 3:54 pm

    My goal for this year is to rewrite 5 stories and write 2 new ones.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 3:59 pm

      That’s an amazing goal!! I wish you the best of luck…

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    Jolene Ballard Gutiérrez said:
    January 2, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    I’m so excited for DEEP, DEEP DOWN! Congratulations, Lydia! My writing goals this year are to do some research on a nonfiction idea I came up yesterday at the start of Storystorm, to work on revisions on a couple of projects, and to hopefully work on a longer work (maybe MG?) this summer during my summer break. I hope your 2023 is amazing, Lydia! ❤

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks for the sweet words! These are really great, tangible goals. I like that approach, one project at a time! Plus, you may get added inspiration.

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    Nadine Poper said:
    January 2, 2023 at 3:50 pm

    Congratulations Lydia. DEEP, DEEP DOWN is going to be a hit! My writing goal for this year is to manage my time better to allow more writing time. I also want to contribute to my SCBWI chapter’s blog with updates on the PA Young Reader’s Choice Award and more insight as to the life of a school librarian.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 3:56 pm

      Nadine, you’ve been SUCH a great supporter and I will always return the same back to you! Great writing goals, good luck 🙂

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    Laurie Carmody said:
    January 2, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    I’m so happy for you, Lydia! Huge congratulations! My writing goal this year is to get uncomfortable, especially in putting my work and my self out there in new situations.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      January 2, 2023 at 3:47 pm

      That is FANTASTIC!! Growth requires being uncomfortable and putting your work out there is essential. Believe me, I face a ton of rejection, still, and some are a bit “ouchy.” But I keep getting back up. Happy New Year!

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        stephaniemstories said:
        January 3, 2023 at 12:37 pm

        My 2023 writing goal is to finish one nonfiction draft, while tweaking other fiction drafts. And to read more.

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    savoringeverymoment said:
    January 2, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    This book looks wonderful!

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