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Now Read This–Aloud

One of the things children’s book authors get asked to do quite frequently is to come to story hour at the library or to visit school classrooms. When doing so, many are usually asked to read their books aloud or portions of their books. If you’ve ever listened to an audio book, you know there’s […]

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How to Write a Synopsis

Worried about trying to write a synopsis of your middle grade or young adult novel? The most important thing to remember about a synopsis is— It should not be a summary of the whole novel. A synopsis should be a summary of your main character’s story and how he or she changes. The paramount thing […]

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Can’t Get ‘Em Out of My MInd

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott was one of the first novels that made a lasting impression on me. I read it when I was a fifth grader and thought the story of those four loveable sisters, living in genteel poverty during the American Civil War, was a great story. Their bittersweet experiences growing up, […]

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C.S. Lewis—A Commitment to Craft

November is definitely C.S. Lewis’s month. He was born on November 29, 1898 and died on November 22, 1963. In fact, he died in England on the exact same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas. This year is the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death and Lewis’s as well. His Chronicles of […]

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How to Write Fast Right

Since November means NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month, we thought we’d offer some tips on how to write fast productively. 1. Start with a basic outline. Outlining in longhand is faster and makes it less tempting to keep revsing your outline. Or make a plot grid, one square per chapter. Our workbook, Write a Marketable Children’s Book in […]

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