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There are 10 things that will cause an editor to reject your kidlit manuscript.

And you're about to learn them, and how to avoid them.


The submissions process may seem mysterious, and the reasons why some manuscripts get rejected while others get contracts appear arbitrary and unknowable.

Except that they're not.

If you managed to get kidlit editors to open up and tell you what turns them off about a manuscript and what gets them excited they'd tell you about 10 writing sins that send a manuscript to the rejection file.

What if you knew each of them and knew how to avoid them?

After October 13th, you will.

Deborah Halverson

Deborah was an editor at Harcourt Children’s Books for ten years—until she climbed over the desk and tried out the author’s chair on the other side. Now she is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies, Writing New Adult Fiction, the teen novels Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth, the picture book Letters to Santa, and three books in the Remix series for struggling readers.

Deborah is a freelance editor, writing instructor, and founder of the popular writers’ advice website She serves on the advisory board for the University of California San Diego Extension “Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating” certificate program and speaks extensively at writing conferences and workshops. She has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for over twenty years.

We are thrilled to present this live interactive session with a true professional who understands all sides of the writing and publishing equation like few others.


Tuesday, October 13

From the comfort of your home 

  • 5 pm (Pacific)
  • 6 pm (Mountain)
  • 7 pm (Central)
  • 8 pm (Eastern)
  • Midnight UTC


Tuesday, October 13 (with on-demand replay):

Editor & Author Deborah Halverson Teaches You 10 Things That Get Kidlit Manuscripts Rejected - and How to Avoid Them

On October 13, join Deborah editor at Harcourt Children's Books for over a decade, and author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies, Writing New Adult Fiction, the teen novels Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth and the picture book Letters to Santa for a 90 minute session (with lifetime on-demand video replay and an exclusive PDF handout packed with useful info) that will show you exactly how to avoid the 10 biggest writing sins that get manuscripts rejected.

In this comprehensive class you'll learn:

  • 10 Writing Sins that get kidlit manuscripts rejected
  • Actionable steps and techniques you can employ to avoid these mistakes and/or correct them in your work
  • What gets editors excited and what turns them off
  • How to write an effective three-paragraph query letter

IMPORTANT: This workshop is not about the obvious things (typos, sloppy presentation, etc.) It features the less obvious and higher-level writing, editing and revision techniques that only a top pro would know!

You'll also get a full PDF handout to accompany the session.

Plus, Deborah will provide her exclusive insight and answer all your questions in a live Q&A session.

This is a rare chance to learn the real inside secrets of getting published from a truly accomplished editor and author.

This session is pure instruction, it's complete (nothing more to buy afterward) and nothing additional will be sold. 

Your purchase includes a PDF takeaway and lifetime access to the video replay.


The cost for everything is just $47! A small investment for something that can truly change the course of your writing career.

Please note — this special price is only for folks who register now. Once the class takes place and the recording is put up for sale to everyone else, the price will go up to $67. 

Even if you can't make it live, buying now will lock you in for the lifetime replay at this one-time-only price.

Reserve your $47 spot now by clicking below:

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