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The Surprising Benefits of Rejection

Every writer faces rejection. It how we respond to rejection that makes all the difference.

In this uplifting piece, veteran author Jane Choate describes how she’s used rejection as a positive tool to help build her career.

Visiting Book Fairs and Conference Exhibit Halls —Why, Where, and How?

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.

Simple Advice for First-Time Self-Published Authors

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 […]

Children’s Author Gives Advice in New Edition of Book on Writing

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.

Interview Excerpts: Middle Grade Author Will Taylor

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.

Why You Matter — and Why the World So Desperately Needs You

Happy 2017!

As writers, we can often feel frustrated, and even overwhelmed, by our perceived smallness.

We look at bestselling authors and marvel at their success, but also beat ourselves up for not having the reach and impact that they do. We wonder whether our efforts truly matter, and whether the world really needs our contributions.

If we can give you one gift to begin 2017, it would be to erase that sort of thinking from your mind.

Create a World with Your Five Senses

Using the five senses as you create the world your character inhabits makes it real and compelling to your readers.

A New Way Forward for Children’s Writing

Important reflections on why children’s writers are desperately needed right now — and a concept to help make their paths much easier.

Get Started Writing Science Articles for Kids

Have you ever considered combining your love of nature with writing? Many writers never consider writing nonfiction for young readers, yet there are many places to publish science-related articles for kids. It can be a great way to break into print.

A Fantastic Example of ‘Show, Don’t Tell’

How the writers of HBO’s Westworld pulled off a masterful bit of “show, don’t tell” – and what you can learn from it.

Three and a Half Minutes that May Change your Writing Life Forever

We spend so much of our time focusing on what we do, that we rarely take the time to ask why we’re doing it. And yet, that simple step can make a massive difference in the quality of the art we create.

This short video is a dramatic testimony to how understanding your “why” can transform the quality, depth and emotional connection of everything you write.

How to Plan a Great School Visit

School visits are one of the best things about being a children’s writers. Meeting young fans, being treated like a star (which you are, of course!) and yes, making some extra income are jsut some of the benefits of bringing your work into schools.