Saturday, June 30, 2012

Revise and Resubmit Requests

Editors and agents don't want you to rewrite your story into something you don't want.

Friday, June 29, 2012

School Visits

Detailed advice from author Susan Uhlig and getting, planning, and doing school visits.

Thursday, June 28, 2012


A question and answer chat with author Joanne Mattern about writing biographies for children.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Business Expenses

Author David L. Harrison explains what does and does not qualify as a writing business expense.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Agency

Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, has formed a new agency, New Leaf Literary & Media .

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Book Proposals

If you're thinking of writing a nonfiction book, you need to know how to write a book proposal.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Setting as a Character

There are many ways to let your setting also work as a character in your novel.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Children's Publishers

Links to many publishers, large and small, of children's literature.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

M.F.A. Programs in Children's Literature

Here's a cheat sheet to help you decide which program is best for you.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sound Words

An onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like a sound.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What do Agents Do?

Agents do much more than submit your manuscript.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Editor and Publisher Interviews

Author Cynthia Leitich Smith interviews editors and publishers.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Agents for Jewish-Themed Books

These agents have shown interest in children's books with a Jewish theme.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Writing Mistakes

Common mistakes of new (and sometimes veteran) children's book writers.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Talking Animals

What are the "rules" for having talking animals in your story?

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Word Count

Here are is the range of word counts for the various genres of children's books.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Work for Hire

Here are some great links to get you started in the world of work for hire.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Picture Book Apps

Five reasons why picture book writers should stay the course.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

The Call

Questions to ask when you receive "the call" from a prospective agent.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Reader Age

Some hints to make sure your writing fits the age of your reader.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Publishing Contracts

What are the typical things a publishing contract contains?

Thursday, June 7, 2012


Some ways to help you never run out of ideas.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Character Names

Some things to think about when you're naming your characters.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Email Lists

Strategies to expand the email list you use for promoting your book.

Monday, June 4, 2012


How do advances work and are they negotiable?

Sunday, June 3, 2012

CBC Diversity

The aim of this Children's Book Council is to promote and celebrate diversity in children's literature.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Grounding Your Reader

You don't want your characters to be just talking heads.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Conference Critiques

How to get the most out of your professional manuscript critique.