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I Was a Serendipitous Children’s Writer

by Noelle Sterne   I was as surprised as anyone at how I came to write and publish a children’s book. It all began . . . .   One afternoon, in my manuscript typing and editing service, as I visited with a client, she opened her briefcase to take out her manuscript. Under it, […]

Turn Your Inner Critic into a Wise Editor

Every writer I know has an inner critic. Even successful authors must put up with the nagging voice that pesters them as they work, feeding them negative messages about their writing. It’s time to silence this critical voice. Here’s how!

Ask Writer Alice: The Difference Between Middle Grade and Young Adult

Bestselling author Alice Kuipers is back with another quick video explaining the difference between middle grade and young adult fiction. If you have questions you want Alice to answer in a future video, see how to submit them below.         Do you have a question you’d like Alice to answer in a […]

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Starts Movement for Diversity in Children’s Books

Earlier this year when BookCon (a reader’s convention organized by the industry’s Book Expo America) announced its lineup of 30 all-star children’s authors, two things were missing: female authors, and authors of color. In response, a group of 22 authors, publishers and bloggers launched the We Need Diverse Books campaign. In less than a day […]

Four Foolproof Ways to Hook Children’s Nonfiction Readers

If you write children’s nonfiction, you have only moments to grab your reader’s attention. Here’s how….

Ask Writer Alice: Trends and Books on Writing

In this short video, bestselling YA author Alice Kuipers answers questions about following trends, and recommends some great books on writing.       Do you have a question you’d like Alice to answer in a future video? Email us at, and put “Ask Writer Alice” in the subject line.   Alice Kuipers is the […]

Building the Perfect Monster, Bogeyman, or Other Creatures that Go Bump in the Night

by Christina Hamlett   Like a lot of kids, I grew up thinking that monsters lived in my closet. I had no real reason for believing this, nor did I ever ponder why they could be kept so easily at bay by a Tinkerbelle nightlight, an open bedroom door and a cadre of vigilant stuffed […]

Interactive eBooks for Kids Put the Readers in Control

by Alice Kuipers   Time for my latest confession (I seem to get into confessional mode when I write for you at – perhaps it’s because I’m talking to like-minded writers…). Here it is: I’m a control freak. I’m in charge of my characters. None of this “my characters let me know how the story […]

How to Get the 2015 Children’s Writers & Illustrator’s Market for Less than Half Price!

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Kindle Kids’ Book Creator: How Not to Blow a Golden Opportunity for Children’s Writers

Back on September 3, Amazon took the writing community by surprise by releasing its free Kindle Kids’ Book Creator software. The promise? Writers can now create and publish illustrated children’s eBooks for Kindle — even in landscape mode.   Then, two weeks later, Amazon released its first Kindle tablet specifically for children.   Now, let’s put […]

Writing New Adult Fiction

New Adult Fiction, with characters age 18-25, is exploding. But what, exactly, is New Adult, and how is it different from writing for young adults? Deborah Halverson, author of Writing New Adult Fiction, explains the ins and outs of NA in this interview.

How to Write Plays Children Will Love

Tap into your inner Shakespeare by creating plays for children of all ages. Here’s how to get started….