Hen&ink Coop: Erzsi Deak

About Erzsi Deak

Erzsi Deak is the founder of Hen&ink Literary Studio, a writer, and an editor. With nearly 30 years of experience on the international stage, she is most happy connecting individuals around the globe who can make things happen – no matter where you find yourself or what hat you are wearing. She is an editorial agent, pushing her authors and illustrators to go the extra kilometer to achieve sometimes surprising insights and results. A two-time SCBWI Member of the Year awardee, she speaks on craft, “the market,” and current industry topics. She is pleased to announce that the new MAB Media will publish PERIOD PIECES: STORIES FOR GIRLS as one of its launch books in 2015. Her first picture book, PUMPKIN TIME! (Sourcebooks, 2014, illustrated by Doug Cushman) has just been picked up by the Scholastic Book Clubs. Thanks to technology, she can work from France and be in New York and London at the same time.

Get in touch:

Homepage: www.erzsideak.com

Titles by Erzsi Deak

Lines in the Sand: New Writing About War and Peace

Frances Lincoln Children's Books

(12 Jun. 2003)

Period Pieces: Stories for Girls

HarperCollins; First Edition

(February 4, 2003)

Pumpkin Time!

Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

(July 1, 2014)

Hen&inkblots: Posts

Losing My Magic Wand by Laura Gehl

October 31, 2018

I love writing fiction. When I write a fiction picture book, I can control everything (insert maniacal cackle here). If … Continue reading Losing My Magic Wand by Laura Gehl

A whole lot of clucking go on! And the winner is…

August 5, 2018

FRESH-PICKED POETRY: A DAY AT THE FARMER’S MARKET TAKES THE 2018 GROWING GOOD KIDS PRIZE FROM THE AMERICAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY! … Continue reading A whole lot of clucking go on! And the winner is…

1, 2, 3…sheered sheep. A new Chick Hen cartoon by Doug Cushman!

May 31, 2018

Who’s Counting? Check out the lastest Chick-toon here!  

DELIVERY BEAR SING-A-LONG!

May 16, 2018

DELIVERY BEAR at your service! Zogby, the Delivery Bear in Laura Gehl’s new picture book aptly titled, DELIVERY BEAR (Albert … Continue reading DELIVERY BEAR SING-A-LONG!

Climbing for Europe: Bridget Marzo and Drawing (for) Europe

Unity in the Face of Dis-unity: Drawing (for) Europe at the French Institute

What’s SoFAB? WHITNEY STEWART Is!

Tasty Bites: A Foodie World Tour with the Coop’s Whitney Stewart this Saturday in New Orleans!

ReCOOPing Awards! MINDFUL KIDS is an IPPY winner!

April 17, 2018

Congratulations to Whitney Stewart for her MINDFUL KIDS published by Barefoot and illustrated by the super-talented Mina Braun for their … Continue reading ReCOOPing Awards! MINDFUL KIDS is an IPPY winner!

March 24, 2018

#BBF18SCBWI — Join us in Bologna! Jeanne de Sainte Marie (and Marielle) this Monday.

Upcoming Events With Hen&ink Authors & Illustrators!

March 20, 2018

MARCH 2018 In person at the 2018 Bologna Book Fair — JEANNE B. DE SAINTE MARIE showcases her work on Monday, March 26 from … Continue reading Upcoming Events With Hen&ink Authors & Illustrators!

Guest blog on craft and technique: The Beauty of Silverpoint by Hen&ink’s CHANTAL BOURGOURJ

January 10, 2018

A little while back I went to see the Raphael exhibition in the Ashmolean in Oxford. Next to it being a wonderful … Continue reading Guest blog on craft and technique: The Beauty of Silverpoint by Hen&ink’s CHANTAL BOURGOURJ

FRESH-PICKED POETRY Illustrated by Amy Huntington Nominated for a Cybils Award

January 9, 2018

We are thrilled to announce that FRESH-PICKED POETRY: A DAY AT THE FARMER’S MARKET has been nominated for a Cybils … Continue reading FRESH-PICKED POETRY Illustrated by Amy Huntington Nominated for a Cybils Award

It’s that Iconic Holiday Hen Time of Year…

November 8, 2017

The Iconic Holiday Hen Contest is Upon Us: Deadline 15 November to 1 December 2017 Illustrators are invited to interpret … Continue reading It’s that Iconic Holiday Hen Time of Year…

Dress Design for a Mouse: #MarielleinParis #MarielleDressDesign #JeanneBdeSainteMarie

November 1, 2017

#MarielleDressDesign contest for kids is open! http://bit.ly/2ykmSEm  

Ellen Davidson launches benefit forest bathing events in the ancient redwoods

Join Hen&ink’s Ellen Davidson in the Ancient Redwoods and discover the healthy benefits of Forest Bathing. The next event is … Continue reading Ellen Davidson launches benefit forest bathing events in the ancient redwoods

MINDFUL KIDS card deck is a prize-winner (and a keeper!)

October 24, 2017

      We are thrilled to announce that Whitney Stewart’s MINDFUL KIDS deck of mindful activities cards for kids … Continue reading MINDFUL KIDS card deck is a prize-winner (and a keeper!)

Whitney Stewart’s Mindful Kids — 50 mindfulness activities even big people can do!

October 2, 2017

Check out this month’s Stressed Teens Mindful Spotlight featuring Whitney Stewart and the Mindful Kids Activity Card Deck! http://conta.cc/2yQnePV

Steal this book.

September 12, 2017

When I was 6 years-old, my crowd of Los Feliz Elementary School first-graders convinced shy (very shy!) me to go … Continue reading Steal this book.

MINDFUL ME, MINDFUL YOU, MINDFUL KIDS!

August 17, 2017

So pleased to share Whitney Stewart’s MINDFUL KIDS — 50 cards of mindful activities for kindness, focus, and calm — … Continue reading MINDFUL ME, MINDFUL YOU, MINDFUL KIDS!

CRAZY SALADS for KIDS: RABBIT STEW by Wendy Wahman and CARROT & PEA by Morag Hood

May 19, 2017

Playing with food — and words! CRAZY SALAD by Nora Ephron was one of my favorite books in high school, … Continue reading CRAZY SALADS for KIDS: RABBIT STEW by Wendy Wahman and CARROT & PEA by Morag Hood

Chicks Alive! Children’s Book Week 2017 — starring PEEP & EGG!!!

May 16, 2017

    The Coop’s Laura Gehl & illustrator Joyce Wan’s PEEP & EGG — and chicks! — star at Cub … Continue reading Chicks Alive! Children’s Book Week 2017 — starring PEEP & EGG!!!

A Worldwide Bestseller; or, What an Invisible String can do…

April 11, 2017

THE LITTLE BOOK THAT COULD: Patrice Karst’s THE INVISIBLE STRING Connecting the World one Reader at a Time Patrice Karst … Continue reading A Worldwide Bestseller; or, What an Invisible String can do…

Edible Poetry!

Check out this terrific review on Jama’s Alphabet Soup of FRESH-PICKED POETRY by Michelle Schaub and Amy Huntington! Yum! “If … Continue reading Edible Poetry!

Lula Mae & Pookie Go to France: MON CHIEN A DES PLUMES

April 5, 2017

Dogginess takes all forms in Susan Montanari’s MY DOG’S A CHICKEN. We’re happy to share the French edition with you … Continue reading Lula Mae & Pookie Go to France: MON CHIEN A DES PLUMES

Woot! Peep & Egg is a Finalist in the #CCBA17 Awards!

April 4, 2017

So excited to share that Laura Gehl and Joyce Wan’s PEEP & EGG is a finalist in the #CCBA17 Awards! … Continue reading Woot! Peep & Egg is a Finalist in the #CCBA17 Awards!

HOLD THE STRAW: Protecting the World One Word at a Time and One Breath at a Time

March 7, 2017

We are thrilled to share this link for Authors for Earth Day. The Coop’s Bruce Balan is back on the high … Continue reading HOLD THE STRAW: Protecting the World One Word at a Time and One Breath at a Time

Never Give Up: Carmen Oliver on Writing and the Successful School Visit

Carmen Oliver is interviewed by Alison  Green Meyers of the Highlights Foundation in preparation for Carmen’s May 2017 workshop, “Crafting … Continue reading Never Give Up: Carmen Oliver on Writing and the Successful School Visit

J.M. Lee’s SONG OF THE DARK CRYSTAL revealed!

December 11, 2016

Yay for J.M. Lee! More good news from the Coop: Cover reveal of J.M. Lee’s SONG OF THE DARK CRYSTAL … Continue reading J.M. Lee’s SONG OF THE DARK CRYSTAL revealed!

Congratulations to Chantal Bourgonje, the winner of the 2016 Hen&ink Literary Iconic Holiday Hen Contest!

December 10, 2016

Chantal Bourgonje captures the essence of Hen&ink Literary this holiday season with her “bird-on-bike” illustration. Do click on the image … Continue reading Congratulations to Chantal Bourgonje, the winner of the 2016 Hen&ink Literary Iconic Holiday Hen Contest!

The Iconic Holiday Hen Contest is ON! Deadline before November 16th

November 15, 2016

It’s holiday time (you’ve noted the bells and fake snow where you live? Maybe you have real snow? Even real … Continue reading The Iconic Holiday Hen Contest is ON! Deadline before November 16th

OPEN COOP FIRST FRIDAY November 4, 2016, noon to midnight, Pacific Time

October 26, 2016

Hen&ink Literary Open Coop First Friday is all about CRACKING GOOD IDEAS and VOICE. Send us your one-page 12 pt … Continue reading OPEN COOP FIRST FRIDAY November 4, 2016, noon to midnight, Pacific Time

Deadline for your Iconic Holiday Hen submissions is November 12-15, 2016

September 27, 2016

ICONIC HOLIDAY HEN CONTEST 2016 As we sneak up on Halloween and Voting Day and Thanksgiving (for the US contingent) … Continue reading Deadline for your Iconic Holiday Hen submissions is November 12-15, 2016

More on intent (and action)…

August 8, 2016

August 2016 — I was happy to see DIALOGUE: THE ART OF VERBAL ACTION FOR THE PAGE, STAGE, AND SCREEN … Continue reading More on intent (and action)…

Hen&ink is happy to announce its partnership with Sara Starbuck editorial services.

June 6, 2016

Sara Starbuck offers enlightened editorial services — as a writer, she understands the need to be respectful of the Work … Continue reading Hen&ink is happy to announce its partnership with Sara Starbuck editorial services.

The Next Open Coop Day is July 1st, 2016, noon to midnight Pacific Standard Time

Greetings from somewhere under the submissions pile! Due to an avalanche of submissions and on-going deals (yes, we sell books!), … Continue reading The Next Open Coop Day is July 1st, 2016, noon to midnight Pacific Standard Time

Thank you to all you brave writers and illustrators!

March 5, 2016

Open Coop First Friday for March has come and gone. Thank you to everyone who submitted middle-grade and illustration work. … Continue reading Thank you to all you brave writers and illustrators!

OPEN COOP DAY: Announcing Open Coop First Fridays

February 2, 2016

Shut the door!  OPEN COOP DAY Announcing Open Coop First Fridays FROM NOON UNTIL MIDNIGHT, Pacific Standard Time (PST) Contemporary … Continue reading OPEN COOP DAY: Announcing Open Coop First Fridays

A Moment of Kindness, or that pivotal moment that keeps the reader reading

January 15, 2015

This is a short note about empathy. Character empathy. I see a lot of texts where a character (primary and … Continue reading A Moment of Kindness, or that pivotal moment that keeps the reader reading

Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2013

Here at the Coop, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend with Chick Jeanne (http://jeannedesaintemarie.com/) and her family here in France. Thanks … Continue reading Happy (early) Thanksgiving!

Ring in the Good Cheer!

November 14, 2013

The First Annual Hen&ink Iconic Holiday Black Hen Contest Last year, Doug Cushman gave the Black Hen of Hen&ink’s logo … Continue reading Ring in the Good Cheer!

It’s all Hen House Rock-n-Roll (and Positive Leaps) in 2013!

January 4, 2013

No bell bottom blues for these birds… Eggs-hausted chickens in Kent have a new place to flock when they need … Continue reading It’s all Hen House Rock-n-Roll (and Positive Leaps) in 2013!

From SCBWI Winchester conference to the Salon du Livre Jeunesse in Montreuil (Paris, France) with Bridget Marzo

December 3, 2012

The buzz from SCBWI Winchester conference is still ringing in my head:  Debi Gliori’s heartfelt keynote speech and workshop,  Eric Huang’s … Continue reading From SCBWI Winchester conference to the Salon du Livre Jeunesse in Montreuil (Paris, France) with Bridget Marzo

A Bearful of Stories

November 23, 2012

Puttering in the picture book garden with Erzsi Deàk and Carmen Oliver! As it’s Picture Book Month (in the middle … Continue reading A Bearful of Stories

Chick Hen speaks kinaráy-a!

April 7, 2012

Beaulah Pedregosa Taguiwalo (also known as Beaulah The Magnificent) treated Hen&ink to a clucking good chicken chuckle when she sent … Continue reading Chick Hen speaks kinaráy-a!

A Time of Change for Authors and Readers (guest blog)

February 9, 2012

Today henandinkblots welcomes guest blogger Mercy Pilkington, a young adult author and a staff writer for GoodEReader covering ebooks and … Continue reading A Time of Change for Authors and Readers (guest blog)