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How to Write a Book for Children – Your First Steps

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 […]

Critique Fear: How to Handle Negative Feedback

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 […]

How I Got an Agent, Lost that Agent, and Found a New One (Without Losing My Mind)

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.

Persistence Pays Off for Middle Grade Author Erin Teagan

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.

Author Brings Neurodiverse Characters to Middle Grade Fiction

Author Sally J. Pla talks about her two middle grade novels and upcoming picture book that feature neurodiverse characters.

It’s Time to Celebrate!

Our CBI Insiders are taking the publishing world by storm!  Here’s some of what our Children’s Book Insider subscribers are accomplishing (with just a little help from CBI!)

Raise Your Book’s Profile with Amazon Marketing Services

For the self-published author, Amazon is the single easiest and least-expensive way to get your book in front of readers. Amazon Marketing Services offers authors a way to raise their books’ visibility.

It’s OK If Your Readers Cry

Two award-winning children’s authors explain why writing stories that help children feel a range of emotions is the best gift we can give our readers.

35 Years a Writer, 35 Lessons Learned

She’s authored dozens of books. Now, as she celebrates her 35th year writing, Jane McBride offers her top 35 lessons learned. Enjoy some remarkable insight from a true professional.

Understanding the “New Adult Fiction” Category

by Jane Choate     What is new adult fiction?   New adult fiction bridges the gap between young adult and adult books. It typically features protagonists between the ages of 18 and 26. The label was first used in 2009 when St. Martin’s Press hosted a contest looking for stories that could be marketed […]

Writing for Children & Teens: Simple Steps to Understand Your Readers

No matter the age of your reader, knowing your audience is key.  Knowing their tastes, their needs, their wants, their expectations is vital in penning the kind of stories that will touch their hearts and minds. Jane Choate is here to give you some easy steps to truly understand your readers.

What’s YOUR Writing Profile? Find Out Now!

Five minute quiz reveals your personal writing approach! You’ll avoid years of frustration by working with your style, not against it.