From Children's Book Insider: The Latest on Writing & Publishing Books for Children & Teens


To Change the World, First Become Fearless

  Fear is indeed a powerful emotion.  Left unchecked, it can paralyze you, stop you in your tracks, and suck the life out of you, leaving you feeling powerless to move in any direction, never mind forward.   So, for this thought for the day, it’s really important to understand how you handle fear and […]


Book Fairs: Where Self-Publishers Meet Their Audience

Authors in all stages of their careers are signing up for book fairs, showcasing their books as well as themselves.


Book fairs can be bewildering. Which one is right for you? And how do you go about choosing it?


A Simple Trick That Can Have You Writing Like a Legend!

In this writeforkids exclusive, New York Times bestselling picture book author Natasha Wing shares her devilishly clever technique for learning directly from the world’s greatest authors.


The World Is Now Ours. A Children’s Writing Vision for the 21st Century

  Laura and I have been teaching people how to become successful children’s authors for close to 25 years. It’s a rich and wonderful way to spend one’s life, and we’re grateful for every moment.   But with the publishing industry in upheaval and new technologies arriving daily, I’ll admit to some troubled moments of […]


Top 5 Things Not to Skimp On When Self-Publishing

We get it — every penny counts when you’re self-publishing. Still, there are some areas that require a more open pocketbook.


Here are five things that you do not want to skimp on when self-publishing.


The Difference Between Middle Grade & Young Adult

by Laura Backes, Publisher, Children’s Book Insider   The author of the true, classic middle grade novel does not worry about vocabulary choices or simple sentence structure; once children are ready for these books they are good readers. Middle grade novels are characterized by the type of conflict encountered by the main character. Children in […]


How to Write a Powerful Ending

  The first few lines of any story are the most important — and often most difficult — words you’ll write. The next most challenging piece of writing is the ending. Once you draw your readers in and take them through your story, you need to leave them with a satisfying conclusion. Here, then, are […]


Dos and Don’ts of Writing for Children

DO:   Learn the market. Spend lots of time in your local bookstore and library, reading through current bestsellers. Try to discover what they have in common, and how they differ from the books of your childhood.      Perfect your craft. Before worrying about seeing your name in print, really learn how to write. […]

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