Many people want to be writers. But few people put the time in to write professional level manuscripts. So, what can you do to stand out from the crowd in a positive way? Can you get your work noticed in the slush pile?
No two writers are created alike. Some of us are masters of planning and organization. Others among us live by improvisation and spontaneity. And still others work somewhere in the middle. You probably heard of writers being described as “plotters” or “pantsters” (as in “seat of their pants”). And perhaps you’ve even […]
Attending book fairs and publishing conferences can provide unique opportunities for children’s book authors and illustrators to learn about their industry, the marketplace, and to network with publishers, freelancers, and others on whom they depend for successful careers.
by R.F. Kristy The intelligence and allure of cats has always enchanted me. Writing the Inca Cat Series arose out of the blue. I had never dreamed of self-publishing stories for children. My specialty, due to my work with the United Nations, concentrated on reports of a technical nature — a world much removed from […]
Writing for Children and Young Adults aims to take aspiring authors through the creation of a manuscript, pitching it to publishers and then marketing it to the world.
If your destiny is to write, you usually find a way to do it, even though you might take a couple of detours down life’s Yellow Brick Road along the way. Debut middle grade author Will Taylor (Maggie and Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort, Harper Collins, 2018) is a sterling example of following one’s muse. Will’s enthusiasm and passion for his craft and life is infectious.
Using the five senses as you create the world your character inhabits makes it real and compelling to your readers.
The best children’s book writers seem to have an uncanny knack for thinking like kids. What’s their secret, and how can any writer do the same?
Jane Choate has hundreds of magazine credits. Here’s her best advice about getting started in this exciting market.