I love speaking at schools and find being with students gives me the encouragement to keep on writing and speaking. The young eager children are great listeners and they ask thoughtful questions. With every appearance, I learned more about creating a successful school presentation. Here are some tips you can use as you prepare for your own school visits:
by Geary Smith Why was my children’s story submission rejected? I worked long and hard on the story and just knew it would be accepted this time. That is the question many inspiring children’s writers asked themselves when reading over rejection letters. Most rejection letters will simply read, “not just right for our […]
by Suzanna Henshon If your definition of breaking into publishing includes writing and selling a 300-page novel, or convincing a publisher to invest thousands of dollars in your picture book, you’re overlooking a substantial part of the market. Magazines need new material on a weekly or monthly basis. Some writers start off by […]
Is it possible for one “regular” person to truly change the world? To bring hope and connection to millions? When Todd Bol built a small, schoolhouse-shaped box for his mom – so she could share her favorite books with her neighbors — he wasn’t intending to create global change. But it happened. Today, 77,000+ […]
Want to learn how to write a book for children? OK, let’s start at square one. You’re fascinated by writing and you’re interested in starting a children’s book career, but you’re not sure what to do first. The key thing is not to overwhelm yourself. Don’t worry about getting published. Don’t concern yourself […]
Have you ever received a critique on your work that pointed out substantial issues? Yikes, it usually feels quite painful, particularly when it pertains to a story or poem that you really poured your heart and soul into. You want to vanish into the floor like the Wicked Witch of the West does at […]
A children’s author shares her tips for maintaining your sanity through the search for a literary agent — and how to act once you get one.
Erin Teagan, author of the middle grade novel The Friendship Experiment and the Luciana, 2018 Girl of the Year books for American Girl, talks about her writing process.