[THIS MONTH ONLY] 📚 Pitch your work to Simon & Schuster (picture books through YA)Every month, alongside all the great how-to articles and market leads that appear in the pages of Children’s Book Insider, the Children’s Writing Monthly, we offer our subscribers special Above the Slushpile Submission Opportunities. We feature an in-depth interview with an editor or agent, including plenty of details about the kinds of submissions they […]
Kidlit Social #85: The Final Kidlit Social: Ask Laura Anything!
On this final episode, Laura answers a wide range of questions about writing and publishing
Kidlit Social #84: Debut MG Authors Share Lessons Learned on Their Path to Publication
On this episode, Laura welcomes Merriam Sarcia Saunders and Lee Y. Miao, two debut middle grade authors ready to share tips and advice from their publishing journey.
Kidlit Social #83: Picture Books – A Look Into the Author/Illustrator Relationship
On this episode, Laura welcomes John Bray and Josh Cleland, the author/illustrator team behind the acclaimed new picture book The End (Starry Forest Books). Laura, John and Josh talk about the creation of this book and the creative collaborative process necessary for the words and pictures to work together to build a book that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Meet Frances Gilbert, Author & Editor-in-Chief, Doubleday Books For Young ReadersA chat with Frances Gilbert. In addition to being the editor-in-chief of Doubleday Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, Frances has authored picture books for Simon & Schuster and Random House, several Step Into Reading leveled readers, and a Little Golden Book.
Book Bannings: Seeking Sanity in a Dangerous TimeAs book bannings escalate, we look at the real issues underpinning these movements, and provide advice for writers worried about being caught in the crossfire.
Kidlit Social #82: The Texas Librarians Spearheading a New Anti-Censorship Movement
Meet Carolyn Foote & Becky Calzada, two Texas school librarians who, along with librarian Nancy Jo Lambert, are the founders of #FReadom Fighters, a grassroots advocacy group supporting librarians, teachers, students and authors in the raging fight against censorship.
Kidlit Social #81: Meet the Publisher, with Robert Agis of Starry Forest Books
Laura welcomes publisher Robert Agis. Robert is President of Starry Forest Books, an independent publisher with titles ranging from board books to chapter books published under their Starry Forest and Little Hero imprints.
Kidlit Social #80: How to Write an Exceptional Book Description with Michelle Schusterman
On this episode, Laura welcomes author, writing instructor and ghost writer Michelle Schusterman. The topic: How to craft a standout, succinct book description. A good book description can help you know if your idea is working and will find an audience, and provides the basis for your query letter.
Kidlit Social #79: Chris Barton on Supporting Teachers & Free Expression in the Classroom
On this episode, Laura welcomes Chris Barton, author of 23 books including the New York Times Bestseller Shark vs. Train. Chris discusses a vitally important topic: How authors can actively support libraries, teachers and free expression in the classroom.
He also offers tips for writing compelling fiction and nonfiction picture books, and share insights into the creation of his newest books Moving Forward: From Space-Age Rides to Civil Rights Sit-Ins with Airman Alton Yates, How to Make a Book (About My Dog) and Fire Truck vs. Dragon.