Coloring/Writing Contest For Kids 6- 17

The Dragon Newsletter via author Diane Mae Robinson is pleased to announce another contest for kids. Yay! This contest will involve coloring a picture from the Sir Princess Petra Coloring Book and adding a short paragraph about the scene the participant colors and enters into the contest. The paragraph (75 to 100 words) can be dialogue,descriptive, or both. The contest is open to Canada and U.S. (including Hawaii). The contest is for kids 6 – 17 years of age.

The prizes:


Sling bag with Snarls the dragon logo

Value $35.00







2nd editions, 2017,The Pen Pieyu Adventures series    

paperbacks by Diane Mae Robinson

$42.00 value




Sir Princess Petra Coloring Book (2)

by Diane Mae Robinson

Value $16.00




Drawing Fantasy Creatures    


by A.J. Sautter

$13.00 Value






Drawing Dragons


by Sandra Staple

$19.00 value



How to enter the contest:

  • Contest participants can enter by signing up to The Dragon Newsletter (an occasional newsletter about my new book releases, contests, and giveaways). Upon sign up, you will receive the 55-page pdf coloring book, which are the pages for the contest. Sign-up form here:
  • Contest participants can be from a school I have previously visited on an author visit, although, a teacher from each class will have to register on behalf of the students in that class. 
  • If you are already signed up for my newsletter, you will receive the link for the pdf coloring pages again in the November/December Dragon Newsletter. 
  • One entry per person. 
  • Entries can be emailed or mailed. Mailing address details will be sent via The Dragon Newsletter November/December 2017 Edition.
  • All entries must include: Name, age, and email address used to sign up with. If you are a teacher submitting on behalf of your classroom, please also add your name, classroom grade, and email you used to sign up with. If you’re already signed up for my newsletter, you will receive the coloring pages in my newsletter of Dec. 19, 2017.  If you’re not signed up, you can sign up here:
  • Winning entries will be judged by coloring and writing skills based on age. The short paragraph about the scene should be between 75 and 100 words (dialogue, descriptive, or both, and grammar counts). 
  • Contest closes April 1, 2018.

Want to see last year’s winning entries? Go here:

To learn more about my dragon books for children or to order autographed copies of The Pen Pieyu Adventures series:

P.S. Releasing soon The Dragon Grammar Book – Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom by Diane Mae Robinson starring The Pen Pieyu  Adventures characters. The Dragon Grammar Book is an easy-to-understand grammar book for middle grades and up. Stay tuned for pre-order sale and release date.






Have fun! Dragon hugs.


Access to this life-changing event is free right now!

Join me at this free event. The Super Connector Summit is LIVE Oct. 30!

Today is your last chance to get full access to the Super Connector Summit before it begins – totally free. Register here now: https://dianerobinson–

Here’s what you’ll walk away with when you join us at the Super Connector Summit:

  1. A full understanding of where you network is, and where it needs to be – including the science behind how networks work to help or hurt your career
  2. A plethora of tactics, systems, and proven strategies you can implement today to grow your network and improve your connections
  3. A new plan that will allow you to go further faster by strengthening your relationships and leveraging your network to boost your work.

Remember, this summit is a gathering of thought leaders, world-class experts, and networking super connectors including:

Adam Grant, the New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

Dorie Clark, the personal branding expert behind Reinventing You and Stand Out

Jordan Harbinger, the host of the top-ranked podcast The Art of Charm

Jenny Blake, author of Pivot, international speaker and executive coach

The best part?

This free event is designed to fit your busy schedule. These presentations are all online (no travel required) and will be available for 48 hours after they go live (today), so you can access them at your convenience.

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To your success,


Writing For Children -Finding Your Child Voice

Writing Tip

When writing children literature, finding your own child voice is the only way to create realistic characters, believable dialogue, and succinct narrative that will grab your reader’s attention and keep them involved in your story.

My writing students often ask me: So how does a writer find their child voice?

My answer to students is this: Before you can find your child voice, you must think like a child. To think like a child, you must play like a child, even if it is only in your mind.

Seems like a relatively simple thing to do, right?  But as adults, we often let go of (or lose completely) our childlike attitudes and behaviors; tuck them away in a memory box.

So, open the box. Remember. Put on a costume and dance around the room, go to a park and cruise down the slide, visit a classroom, read children’s literature, or hang out with some kids and just observe. Soon enough, your own childhood memories will come flooding back about what it was like to be that age–what was important, what wasn’t important, how you acted and how you talked, what the world sounded like, felt like, and tasted like.

Once your own inner child is awakened, you will be able to immerse yourself into your child character’s head with more freedom, and your writing will be filled with pizzazz.

Another exercise I have my students do to get into child-mode thinking is to look at things, people, situations and emotions; write down all the different ways to express it with originality. Then, break the sentences down again and again until the emotions and situations are expressed simply, with the innocence of a child’s heart.

Here are some examples of my child voice that I’ve used in my own stories:

Excited:  He felt as if a herd of jumping bugs were doing cartwheels in his stomach.

Sad: My heart fell sideways and stayed lying down all day.

Descriptive dialogue: “I’m sure grandma can fly. See that flapping skin under her arms? Those are her after-dark wings.”

Descriptive narrative: The wind pricked and jabbed him, becoming so mean with all its yelling and howling that Tom decided the wind wasn’t worth playing with any longer.

So, if find yourself dancing and twirling around the kitchen, doing cartwheels across the yard, or finger painting like a four-year-old, and somebody comes along to tell you that you are acting immature, take it as a compliment and start writing.


Diane Mae Robinson is the international multi-award-winning author of the children’s fantasy/adventure series, The Pen Pieyu Adventures.  The author is also an artist, art teacher, editor of children books, and a writing instructor.

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Do you have the connections you need for a successful career?

Learn how to grow your network and strengthen your existing connections in this free summit – The Super Connectors Summit.

You’ve heard all the sayings:

-“Your network is your net worth.

-“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”

They’re as cliché as they are true.

But that’s probably not what’s keeping you from growing your network or strengthening your connections. Being convinced they need to grow and maintain a robust network isn’t what stops most people.

It’s how.

How do you find the new connections most beneficial to your career goals?

How do you begin a conversation with new people?

How do you properly introduce yourself to strangers?

How do you maintain a habit of connecting with those in your network?

And…if you’re not the type of person who bounces off the walls with excitement at the thought of going to a networking event:

How do you get the confidence/motivation/skill/extroversion to do so?

That’s where my friend David Burkus comes in.

David is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and a business school professor. He’s sold tens of thousands of copies of his books, spoken to audiences like Fortune 500 companies and the US Naval Academy, and has a TED talk that’s been viewed more than 1.7 million times.

And he’ll be the first to tell you it was the friends in his network that helped him get there.

For the last 2 years, David’s been studying the science of social networks and became fascinated with what are called “super connectors.”

Super connectors are the glue that hold networks together…literally. They’re the people that always seem to know someone you’re looking for. They’re the ones who are always connecting influential people to each other. And they’re the ones who are always being introduced to new people.

And, super connectors are the ones who seem to be the most successful in their industry.

There’s nothing special about super connectors. They don’t have a certain personality or come from a certain background. The just learned the skills of networking faster and better than most.

But anyone can learn it.

To prove it, David’s gathered more than 60 super connectors and interviewed them to draw out the lessons they’ve learned along the way and the advice they’d share with anyone looking to grow their network.

He’s hosting all these experts in a one-time event called the Super Connector Summit…and it’s completely free.


In the Super Connector Summit, you’ll learn from amazing thinkers and doers like:

Adam Grant, the New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take

Dorie Clark, the personal branding expert behind Reinventing You and Stand Out

Jordan Harbinger, the host of the top-ranked podcast The Art of Charm

Jenny Blake, author of Pivot, international speaker and executive coach

and so many more

The Super Connector Summit kicks off on Monday, October 30th and I wanted to personally invite you to grab a free seat now:


Not only are you going to learn how to grow your network, you’ll learn how to strengthen your existing connections and deepen your relationship.

That means no matter how big your network is, or how big you want it to be, there’s something you can learn from each expert. And with more than 60 experts participating…that’s a lot of somethings.

Register for free now so you don’t miss this opportunity – https://dianerobinson–

It really is “who you know” and “your network is your net worth”….but all of that is good news because you can control it.

This summit will show you how.

Register now: https://dianerobinson–

See you there,


PS: Remember, the Super Connector Summit is totally free, but you have to register to reserve your seat: https://dianerobinson–









LAST CHANCE!!! The Success Mentor Summit Price is Going Up Tomorrow!

Have you been loving the Summit?  Amazing value, isn’t it?  

Friday marks the last day of the Success Mentor Summit.

But even though there’s only a couple more days left, we still have a full docket of incredible speakers. Register here for free:

Check out the Sept. 14th lineup:

  • Carrie Wilkerson: Why Your Success Depends on Your Why at 1 pm ET
  • Toby Jenkins: why the speed at which you act determines your success at 2 pm ET
  • Charlie Gilkey: Productivity as a Vehicle for Success at 3 pm ET
  • Chandler Bolt: Why Many Mini Successes Lead to Greatness at 4 pm ET
  • Trevor Turnball: The power of focusing on ONE thing in order to wildly succeed at 5 pm ET
  • Brian Dixon: Doing Your Impossible at 6 pm ET
  • Dale Partridge: Success Isn’t What You Think at 7 pm ET
  • Josh Denning: Why You Sometimes Have to Go Backward before you Go Forward at 8 pm ET
  • Nina Amir: We’re the Ones Who Stand in Our Own Way at 9 pm ET

I just wanted to send one last reminder that TODAY is the LAST DAY to order an All Access Pass for the Success Mentor Summit before the special pricing ends forever!

….You have until tonight at midnight to upgrade and save 50%!

If you are wishing you had MORE time to access these incredible interviews then the All Access Pass is perfect for you!

Join the hundreds of others just like you who saw the value in this content and wanted forever access to it!

Register today to upgrade to one of our “All Access Pass” packages. Depending on which package you choose, you’ll get:

  • Lifetime access to ALL interviews (in video and MP3 form)
  • Membership to a private online group …
  • Incredible (and valuable!) free bonuses from our mentors …
  • A hardback copy of the brand-new book, One Minute Mentoring, published by Harper Collins …
  • An exclusive video Q&A with Claire Diaz-Ortiz…
  • A Private Webinar with Ken Blanchard …
  • 5 Weeks of Group Mentoring via Live Coaching Sessions …
  • A 100% money-back guarantee …

…and lots more!

Join us now. I can’t wait to connect with you in the member area.

With gratitude,


P.S. When you order the All Access Pass TODAY, you even get a 100% money back guarantee.

My Interview Is Live Sept. 11th on The Success Mentor Summit!

Hello,  Just a quick reminder for you.  

My interview for the Success Mentor Summit will be out there for the taking today, Sept. 11th at 4:00 p.m. EST.  I am so excited and grateful to be a part of this event because I know it is doing so much for so many people who are ready for a change.  

I know the struggles of trying to find the guidance and support I need to really level up.

This is why I love this summit … every success mentor knows that a great mentor provides more than just motivation and inspiration. They know the power of tactical strategies when to comes to mentoring and mindset to help you grow towards your own success.

I hope you’ll check out what I have to say in my interview because I know you’ll love it! I’ll be sharing a panel discussion about Mindset and Believing in Your Own Success.

Oh, and if you haven’t yet registered … or want to grab an “All Access Pass,” click here.  You’ll love it!

To your success!




The Success Mentor Summit has started!

Happy Day!

I am so excited to announce that the Success Mentor Summit officially starts today!

Click HERE to get your FREE ticket!

Here are my top 5 reasons for highly recommending joining this summit:

The expert mentors will inspire you to level up and finally reach your full potential.

These mentors are some of the most inspirational individuals around when it comes to guiding people to reach for what they want in their lives. Additionally, the motivational information will change the way you view your own success — ensuring that your path will be different from here on out — no matter what you do and what you want for your life. Don’t drive yourself crazy knocking down every door to find a powerful mentor to guide you. Instead, join us.

The tactical information will transform the path you take to reaching your success — no matter where you are now.

Our mentors know that a great mentor provides more than just motivation and inspiration. They know the power of tactical strategies when to comes to mentoring and mindset to help you grow towards your own success. All sessions have a clear eye to delivering key value in the form of actionable strategies and specific steps.

The Success Mentor Summit will deliver results.  

Our mentors are committed to delivering advice that will not only motivate you, but will also immediately inspire you to take action to see results. No matter where you are now, by implementing the strategies and action items our mentors recommend you will see results, fast, and then you will be able to build on those for lasting success.

It’s FREE for a limited time if you sign up today.

Typical conferences and retreats require a huge investment of time and money.  The Success Mentor Summit is different.  Save your money, save your travel time and claim your ticket today!

Click HERE to get your FREE ticket!

I really hope you’ll take advantage and join today.  I want to see you reach greater levels of success!  


P.S. Register today for one of our All Access Pass Packages and get instant lifetime access to ALL interviews + incredible bonus gifts that you don’t want to miss (seriously … you don’t want to miss out!).  Note that the price will triple in just a few short days – so get in on the low price now!



The Writing Rut

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                                                       The Writing Rut

                                                       by Deborah Owen

The main difference between a rut and a coffin is that the coffin has the ends filled in. Take a serious look at your writing life and judge yourself.

  • When was the last time you spent a full hour doing nothing but writing?
  • When was the last time you submitted an article or story?
  • When was the last time you took a writing course?
  • When was the last time you completed a project?
  • When was the last time you sold something?

Don’t look now, but you’re probably in a writing rut.

  • Do you procrastinate writing?
  • Do you procrastinate writing education?
  • Do you select markets before you begin writing?
  • Do you analyze published articles in your prospective market?

If you don’t write, don’t learn, don’t research markets, and don’t analyze what your markets print, how do you expect to make progress? You’re driving nails in your writing coffin, my friend. You’re giving up everything you hold dear… and for what? A movie? To get your nails done?
Someday you’ll look back and realize life has
passed you by and you didn’t do the thing you wanted most.

Are you ready to say, “I want to bust out of my coffin/writing rut? When you’re ready to ask, “How can I do that?” you can be helped. No more excuses. No more procrastinating. Make a decision to get serious about your writing today. Here’s how:

1. Do you want to write fiction or nonfiction?
2. Start reading the magazines that print articles you want to imitate.
3. Write 15 minutes at the same time every day for one week. If you can’t think of anything to write, write a letter to the girl/guy who jilted you years ago, or write to a loved one who is gone. Practice writings put your mind in the groove.
4. On the second week, write 30 minutes at the same time every day.
5. If you’re writing a short story, make a rough outline that tells the main point of each scene. Answer 50 questions each about the two main characters.
6. Join a writing club, either local or online, and get active. These are the people who will give you the mo

most important feedback. Two good online writing clubs are and is very large, and is much smaller, but both are excellent.

At this point, you’ve done a self-analysis and have taken some steps to correct your course. What comes next?

Knowledge. Where do you get knowledge? At a writing school. I see you shaking your head and saying, “I can’t afford it.” Did you know there are a lot of free writing courses on the internet? But be warned, there is no teacher to grade your work so there’s no way to tell if you understood the lesson properly and made the proper applications. Still, if that’s all you can do, at least it’s something!

If you enter the selling arena without proper preparation, you will get trampled in the stampede. Taking writing lessons is not an option. If you want to become a selling writer, it is an absolute necessity. How much do you need? Usually three courses. Up to five if you want to hit professional status.

Creative Writing Institute  is a nonprofit charity and for that reason, we can offer the best prices on the net. We don’t use school terms because every student receives a private tutor, so you can sign up for your course at today and begin tonight.

What? No money? We’ve got you covered. Break it into four easy payments. We won’t even charge interest. No administration fee. No registration fee. Can’t beat that.

Kick the header and footer out of your coffin right now. Rise from the dead and take your place as a serious writer. Creative Writing Institute will help you every step of the way. What? You want a discount? Alright. Write to and Deb will give you one!

NOW what is your excuse? The decision you make today will determine your tomorrow.

Short Story Contest Extended to September 15

Great News for Procrastinators!

We have extended the short story contest and raised the first prize. The rest is up to you! What a fantastic opportunity to get published in our fifth anthology.

Don’t forget to use the theme sentence. I am completely and utterly lost.  See guidelines and prizes on our site at

Remember – you can get lost physically, spiritually or emotionally. What happens in that journey? What changes? That is your story. And remember that real life takes a turn for the worse just when you think things are about to get better! Write your story the same way. Good luck!

It’s almost here! The Success Mentor Summit!


Are you up for some great news?  

Big news! Coming up soon, we’ll be launching an amazing online event called the Success Mentor Summit.  

Do you wish you had a success mentor for your own life?

We believe that we all deserve a mentor invested in our own success and ready to guide us along the way. And we also believe that’s it’s not too much to ask.

Who are “we?”  We are a group of world-class experts who believe in the power of mentoring. It has shaped each of our lives and been a key determinant in our own successes.

The Success Mentor Summit was created to help you access the directed mentoring you need to level up your life.

I’ve gotten word about the speaker lineup and could not be more excited to be a part of this group.  I’m talking about big name speakers – expert leaders in their industries – who typically charge a boatload for their speaking and coaching fees.  The caliber is THAT GOOD!

I’m going to share some of those names with you in a second, but want to first remind you of the purpose of this event.

The Success Mentor Summit was created to help you access the directed mentoring you need when it comes to mentoring, mindset, and success.These world-class folks are here to help you level up your life.

It doesn’t matter where you find yourself today — our mentors have been there. Together, we will take you from where you are now to where you want to be.

Each mentor will peel back the curtain on their own success and give you the mentoring you need to embark on a new path to lasting success.

This is what the Success Mentor Summit is all about. And you can register for the free event now.

I’ll have more to share soon, but in the meantime, here’s a peek at some of the amazing speakers lined up for you:

Jon Acuff, Donald Miller, Chris Guillebeau, Pam Slim, Tsh Oxenreider, Propoganda

(…and many more…there are 45+ speakers participating! And I’ll be one of them).

More details about the event coming soon!

Just sending this notice to keep you in the loop & give you some behind-the-scenes details because I’m so excited!


P.S. Just to remind you, this event will be 100% online so you have no excuse for not coming! 😉  Tell your friends so that they can register for their free tickets, too!



Dear Authors and Publishers,

I’d like to invite you to a free training offer put together by The Author Success Summit.

It’s called: Learn the Amazon Algorithm: The 4 Step Formula that will skyrocket the book sales of your next launch.

This is a LIVE training event which will take place tomorrow August 21st at 12pm EST.

In this training you will learn:

  • How the amazon algorithm works for both the free and paid store
  • The 8 irrefutable laws of ranking higher and sticking longer on Amazon’s algorithm (break these at your own risk)
  • How to convert more random browsing customers into committed loyal readers
  • A simple 4 step formula that will explode the sales of your next book launch

You can register for the live training by grabbing your free ticket ($997 value) to the Author Success Summit here:

Adam Houge is an author to learn from. He has distributed over 2,500,000 books between his paid and free launch strategies, and having made a regular six figure income yearly from his books, he has finally agreed to share his secrets about amazon’s algorithm.

This training has received rave reviews from New York Times Bestselling Authors, publishers, and brand new authors alike.

So no matter where you’re at in your self-publishing journey, this is one training you don’t want to miss!

Although there will be a replay available at the summit, please remember to come to the LIVE event, so you can get all your questions answered directly with Adam.

We’ll send an email to you as a reminder before the training begins.

I look forward to seeing you there: