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The Three Commandments of Writing a Picture Book

Many beginners believe writing a picture book is a breeze, but it requires a lot of skill to pack a story into a few words. If writing a picture book is your dream, here are some tips to consider before you begin

writeforkids Interview: Newbery Winner Kate DiCamillo on Writing From the Heart

interview by Anne Tews Schwab for writeforkids     (Paid subscriber to Children’s Book Insider? See the bottom of the post for bonus content!)     As she gracefully accepted her Newbery Medal on June 29, 2014, Ms. Kate DiCamillo spoke about her mother’s role in the creation of her award-winning book, Flora and Ulysses: […]

How to Change the World as a Children’s Book Writer

Introducing Worldreader, an amazing organization that is spreading literacy and understanding to millions of children. Here’s how you can get involved!

Lois Lowry on Her Writing Process — and the One Change She Would Make to The Giver.

Legendary author Lois Lowry discusses her writing process, and the one change she would make to The Giver.

Ten Tips for Promoting Your Book on Twitter

The author of “Twitter for Writers” provides 10 easy-to-follow tips for authors seeking to improve engagement and awareness using Twitter.

Free Five Day Course – How to Make Writing a Priority in Your Life

Beat procrastination, overcome time constraints and find out what’s really holding you back!


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Five Reasons Fiction Writers Should Write Nonfiction

If you think true books for children are boring, then it’s been too long since you’ve read one. Lyrical writing, in-depth research, breath-taking photography, and detailed illustrations are the new norm in nonfiction. Here’s how you can reap the benefits of writing nonfiction.

Top Editor Emma Dryden on Working with Editors and Acting Professionally

Top children’s book editor Emma Dryden concludes her three part interview series with CBI Publisher Laura Backes by describing the best business practices for today’s authors, and why every writer needs an editor.

Editors’ Pick: The Top 15 Kidlit and YA (Young Adult) Book Review Sites

A favorable mention on a book review blog can go a long way toward promoting your book. But how do you know which blogs to submit to when there are hundreds to choose from? We’re here to help. We sifted through the lists and chose this baker’s dozen of the absolute best review blogs.

Blow as Deep as You Want to Blow: Jack Kerouac on the Art of Writing

  In the late 50′s, Allen Ginsberg asked his friend Jack Kerouac to explain his concept of “spontaneous prose”. Kerouac responded with a series of maxims that are, in turn, inspirational, provocative and, sometimes, baffling.   And, like almost everything Kerouac did, they’re just plain cool.   This video picks some of our favorites. Watch […]

The Basics of Publishing an eBook

Intrigued by the though of publishing an eBook, but not sure how to get started? Listen in as our eBook experts experts Deb Drum and Amy Harrop talk about the basics of ebook creation, different platforms, ebook design and cover basics, using illustrations, why you should do a print version of book simultaneously on Create Space.

How to Get Your “Black Belt” in Writing Children’s Books

Successful authors have done one single, simple thing that has helped them vault to success writing children’s books.  In this video, Jon tells you exactly what it is!