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Teacher to Teacher Roundtable

A live discussion with educators who have become published children’s book authors. This is geared toward beginners and aspiring writers, with special emphasis on the best ways to get started as a writer for children and teens.

One Idea, Many Books. How to Plan a Children’s Book Series.

Getting a contract to create a children’s book series can jumpstart any writer’s career. Here’s the best way to get started on that exciting path.

22 Reasons Why Teachers Should Write Children’s Books

Teachers are uniquely qualified to write children’s and young adult books. Here’s why…..

How Middle Grade Author Ellie Sipila Turned a School Assignment into a Series

To say that Elizabeth “Ellie” Sipila is just a “writer” would be like labeling Emeril Lagasse as merely a “cook”. Like a master chef, Sipila wears many hats: debut author, small press publisher, book designer, freelance editor, and more (   Her debut novel Mark-Napped!, out this month from Pelican Publishing (the first in a […]

Crafting Scenes with Emotional Intensity

Have you ever fallen deeply into a story and emerged changed forever? There are probably moments in the text that stay with you, important scenes sprinkled through your memory. Those are moments infused with emotion. Here’s how you can add emotional intensity to your work.

Document Your Year with a Writing Portfolio

You’re on a journey to writing success. Here’s a nifty method of tracking your progress to keep you inspired, energized and motivated.

Kill Your Darlings – Editing Your Manuscript to Remove Overused Words & Phrases

We all have them. Our darlings, those words, phrases, or even chunks of description that we use over and over, often unknowingly. When editing a manuscript, the ability to kill our darlings is a vital skill. Here’s how to do it…..

Building a Fiction Series

Getting a contract for single book is great. But how about signing deals for *multiple* books? Here’s to how get started creating fiction series, and multiply your writing success!

No More Fear. It’s Time to Finally Tap Your Writing Potential.

A published author of more than 50 books offers concrete steps to shed fear and reach your true potential.

A Journey Inside the Slush Pile – What REALLY Happens When You Submit Your Manuscript to an Agent or Publisher

Collecting rejection letters? Getting frustrated in your hunt for a publishing contract or agent? Here’s the inside scoop about how to conquer the dreaded slushpile and get your manuscript noticed!

The January Issue of Children’s Book Insider is Online!

2019 starts off with a bang! Here’s what’s in the January edition of Children’s Book Insider, the Children’s Writing Monthly…..

Tips for a Successful School Visit

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: