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Understanding the “New Adult Fiction” Category

by Jane Choate     What is new adult fiction?   New adult fiction bridges the gap between young adult and adult books. It typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 26. The label was first used in 2009 when St. Martin’s Press hosted a contest looking for stories that could be marketed […]

Writing for Children & Teens: Simple Steps to Understand Your Readers

No matter the age of your reader, knowing your audience is key.  Knowing their tastes, their needs, their wants, their expectations is vital in penning the kind of stories that will touch their hearts and minds. Jane Choate is here to give you some easy steps to truly understand your readers.

Here’s an Extraordinary Submissions Opportunity

Want to know how to get an unagented submission in the hands of an editor at a giant house that doesn’t take unagented submissions? Have a look — we’ve got your hookup!

What’s YOUR Writing Profile? Find Out Now!

Five minute quiz reveals your personal writing approach! You’ll avoid years of frustration by working with your style, not against it.

Writing Groups 101 – Which Kind is Right For You?

There’s more to a writers’ group than just critiquing. Learn about the different types of groups for writers and pick the one that’s right for you!

Let’s Celebrate these CBI Insiders!

Our CBI Insiders are taking the publishing world by storm!  Here’s some of what our Children’s Book Insider subscribers are accomplishing (with just a little help from CBI!)

A 12 Step Program for Rejected Writers

For writers, rejection offers two clear outcomes: Discouragement or empowerment. In this article, Jane McBride gives you a step-by-step approach to overcoming rejection and using it to become a stronger, more determined writer.

Kendra Levin of Viking Children’s Books: A Day In The Life of Executive Editor

We present an interview with Kendra Levin, Executive Editor of Viking Children’s Books. It’s an invaluable look inside the work life of an editor that offers some excellent insights for all submitting writers.

A Peek Inside the Workings of an Independent Bookstore

An independent bookstore owner talks about what’s selling now in middle grade and young adult fiction, and how he likes to work with authors on setting up events.

Writing Children’s Book Dialogue That Flows

Writing dialogue seems like it should be easy and natural. In truth, it can be quite tricky. Here’s some great advice to make mastering the art of dialogue much easier.

Understanding Children’s Book Categories from Picture Books to YA

Children’s book categories encompass children from birth through their teen years. Here’s how the age groups break down, and how each category is written.

‘The Best Things in Life Are on the Other Side of Terror’

If fear is holding you back from pursuing your dreams, listen to what Will Smith has to say.