Frequently Asked Questions
|1. Where do you get your ideas?||Ideas can come from anywhere - even the newspaper! That's where Debbie and Marcia saw an article for a man who looks for bigfoot. That's where the idea for Bigfoot Doesn't Square Dance came from. Some ideas come from Debbie's children. Nathan was watching a cartoon and Debbie noticed there was a creature with one eye. That's where Cyclops Doesn't Roller Skate came from. Some kids in Marcia's class were making up titles one day. They decided on one called Aliens Don't Wear Braces and it became a book that we wrote!|
|2. How do you write stories together?||Marcia and Debbie write many of their stories together. Their first books was Vampires don't Wear Polka Dots. Each person writes a few pages and then they compare and change them with each other's help. If you're really interested in writing, check out Debbie's writing page, as well as Marcia's.
Working together is called COLLABORATING.
Marcia and Debbie play "hot potato" when they write a story together. First, they develop a story IDEA and write an OUTLINE of the story. They each write a few pages of the story, then send their pages over the Internet through e-mail to each other. They pass their story (the "hot potato") back and forth to each other until they have finished it.
Then they send to their EDITOR in New York City. The editor is a person who may tell them to change (also called EDITING) and REWRITE some parts of their story.
Marcia and Debbie may have to REWRITE different parts of their story several times before it's finished, like your teacher may have you rewrite your own stories to make them even better!
After their EDITOR says their story is finally finished, it then goes to the PRINTER where it is printed on paper and BOUND into a real book with a cover and inside illustrations! Lots of copies of their new book are printed and then SHIPPED to a local bookstore or chain stores like Barnes & Noble, Internet bookstores (like Amazon.com) and school book clubs in the United States and around the world.
You probably have a Scholastic Book Club in your own school where your parents, teachers and librarians can buy books and you can read Marcia and Debbie's newest stories!
CLICK HERE for a complete list of our BOOKS,
including recently released New books and Coming Soon books!
|3. Who draws the book cover and inside illustrations?||John Steven Gurney did the original illustrations for our Bailey School Kids and Bailey City Monsters SERIES of books, and Nathan Hale has put new covers on some favorites. Joelle Dreidemy is the illustrator for the Bailey School Kids Junior Chapter books and other artists have created the covers for several of our other books - check them out! (CLICK HERE) Adam Stower is the illustrator for our Keyholders series (April 2009).|
|4. What are your favorite books?||Marcia's favorites are Santa Claus Doesn't Mop Floors and Vampires Don't Wear Polka-Dots. One of Debbie's favorites is Skeletons Don't Play Tubas.|
|5. What are your hobbies?||Marcia and Debbie both enjoy nature and hiking in the woods. Marcia likes to bead necklaces and bracelets. Debbie likes to play tennis, read and spend time with her family. Sometimes she can almost beat her husband at a game of pool in her basement.|
|6. What are your favorite colors?||Debbie likes "blue" and Marcia likes "sea-blue & green" and the colors of a pretty sunset!|
|7. What other jobs have you had?||We have both been elementary school teachers in the past. Marcia worked at a book store and clothing stores during high school and college.
Debbie was a librarian and worked at several McDonalds' restaurants during high school and college.
|8. Where do you live and how can we write to you?||Marcia lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Debbie lives in Furlong, Pennslyvania.
You can write to us at Scholastic 557 Broadway NY, NY 10012. You can also write to Debbie in the Kid's Talk section of this website.
|9. Are you married?||Marcia is married to Stephen, who takes care of the website Debbie created for her.
Debbie's husband is Eric, a scientist, and a great, smart, and handsome guy.
|10. Do you have any pets?||Debbie has three dogs, Bailey, Skip, and Shadow. Shadow likes the throw toilet paper all over the house. Bailey was named after the Bailey School Kids books.
Marcia has two cats, Coco and Calli.
|11. Do you have children?||Debbie has three awesome children - Nathan, Becky, and Alex. Pretty soon they will all be taller than her.
Marcia has two "babies" - her cats Coco and Calli!
|12. Do you have a biography we can use for book reports?||Yes. To make it more fun, click HERE for a downloadable book report form! Debbie's swamp club has more about her and the events section has more about Debbie, Marcia, and the Bailey School Kids illustrators.|
|13. Why do some Bailey School Kids books have Don't and Doesn't in the titles and some books have Do and Does?|
|14. How do you say your last name?||Click here.|