Tone and voice are sometimes confused, the terms even interchanged. While voice is who we are, tone in writing is an attitude toward our subjects and audience. Choosing the right tone for your book can mean the difference between a sale and a rejection.
From theater critic to debut picture book author may seem a bit of a stretch, but Nancy Churnin hit one out of the park with her biography of a celebrated athlete whose passion and persistence kept him going in the face of resistance and rejection.
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.
Using the five senses as you create the world your character inhabits makes it real and compelling to your readers.
How the writers of HBO’s Westworld pulled off a masterful bit of “show, don’t tell” – and what you can learn from it.
Here’s the complete webinar from July 7, in which Children’s Book Insider publisher Laura Backes reveals her biggest picture book writing insights. She also hosts a 30 minute “Ask me Anything” session that’s packed with great picture book writing advice.
There’s also a sneak preview of our upcoming tool Picture Book Blueprint.
Jane Choate has hundreds of magazine credits. Here’s her best advice about getting started in this exciting market.
Our exclusive interview with author/illustrator Dan Santat, winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal for The Adventures of Beekle: An Unimaginary Friend
Struggling to make progress with your writing? Maybe you need to step back and take a breath. Here’s how…
Alice Kuipers, the award-winning young adult author, sat down with Laura Backes to chat about her transition to picture book writer, and how writing picture books helps authors learn the craft for every age.