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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.

The Writing Blueprints Holiday Flash Sale is ON!

        You do not know how long I have been waiting for something like this. With my new Writing Blueprint I am confident that I will be able to finish my book.   I am literally in tears and can nearly see the keyboard. Thanks and love to you all.   Mark […]

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.

Here’s an Extraordinary Submissions Opportunity

Want to know how to get an unagented submission in the hands of an editor at a giant house that doesn’t take unagented submissions? Have a look — we’ve got your hookup!

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.

Writing Groups 101 – Which Kind is Right For You?

There’s more to a writers’ group than just critiquing. Learn about the different types of groups for writers and pick the one that’s right for you!

Let’s Celebrate these CBI Insiders!

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!)

A 12 Step Program for Rejected Writers

For writers, rejection offers two clear outcomes: Discouragement or empowerment. In this article, Jane McBride gives you a step-by-step approach to overcoming rejection and using it to become a stronger, more determined writer.

Kendra Levin of Viking Children’s Books: A Day In The Life of Executive Editor

We present an interview with Kendra Levin, Executive Editor of Viking Children’s Books. It’s an invaluable look inside the work life of an editor that offers some excellent insights for all submitting writers.