Write a Marketable Children's Book in Seven Weeks

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Are You Up to the Writing Challenge?

It’s November again, and for many of you that means NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month. All the skinny can be found at http://nanowrimo.org/ More than 200,000 writers have already signed up to accept the challenge. If you’re serious about actually writing a novel in a month, Jennifer and I recommend you[…]

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How to Impress Editors

If you want to sell your manuscript, you must correspond with editors like a professional.  Whether you are querying an editor about sending a manuscript or submitting a story with a cover letter, make sure you do it correctly from the get-go. There are excellent guides on how to do[…]

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How to Break In and Sell a Book–Persist and Persist

Last week I advised writers to sign up for critique sessions with editors at conferences and related my experience meeting Mallory Loehr of Random House. Here’s an excerpt from our workbook, showing how I broke in. “Years ago at a conference, Jennifer heard an editor say Random House wanted manuscripts[…]

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Meet Editors, Then Listen and Follow Up

If you want to break into writing for children, sign up for writing conferences and sign up for private sessions with editors who will be attending. Many conferences allow you to submit a manuscript for an editor to critique. If you meet with an editor, listen and take notes, then[…]

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Make Everyday a Reading Celebration With Your Kids

According to one recent survey, approximately 80% of U.S. families did not buy a book last year. That’s a dismal statistic—and for those of us who write books or want to, it’s a grim indicator of what we may face in the future. Studies show that youngsters who read for[…]

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Research the Market and Sell Your Book

How do you write a book that will sell? Knowing the market is a key factor in producing a marketable manuscript. And part of being market savvy is knowing what category your idea falls into. There are various categories of children’s books, such as concept book, picture book, storybook, chapter book,[…]

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We Agree with E.B. White

An aspiring writer named Mike once wrote E.B. White and asked what he needed to do to get his book published. The famous author took some time before he wrote back, but when he did, this was his advice: “The principal thing (an author) has to do is to write[…]

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Write a Great Picture Book

I enjoy reading picture books for the fun of it, the art, and to analyze what makes a good story. I would love to master the craft of writing wonderful picture books that become beloved favorites of children. From researching and reading the masters, I’ve learned that most of the[…]

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