Archive for the ‘Tools for the Taking’ Category

DOES YOUR PICTURE BOOK PREMISE HAVE POWER?

Every once in a while, one of my editors throws me a bone. Not just any old bone, but a big beautiful “our kids’ list needs a book about ‘community’” hambone. When that happens, all other Milk-Bones – I mean, … Continue reading

 

How to Love a Squash: Pat Zietlow Miller on Finding the Universal Truth in a Picture Book

Think about your favorite picture books. Lyrical text. Gorgeous or whimsical art. Endings that make you smile, sigh or shriek with delight. And something else – satisfaction. A satisfaction that makes you want to read them again and again and … Continue reading

 

Ah, Those Secondary Characters

Your story sings when your secondary character (SC) is on the scene. Your plot comes alive when your SC is around.Your readers beg to see more of your SC. Uh oh! SCs create conflict, throw out obstacles and cause trouble. … Continue reading

 

Sweet Little Book Cover Video Created in 15-Minutes for FREE!

I’m enrolled in Katie Davis’s Video Idiot Boot Camp. And while I haven’t had time to dive into a larger project, I’ve had a little fun with some quick and easy tools introduced in her class. Here’s a little Animoto … Continue reading

 

Writing as a Career: Jennifer Nielsen on the Realities and Economics of Publishing

As the new year begins, whether you’re dabbling in writing, considering a career as a writer, selling your first book or just curious about the nuances and economics of traditional publishing, you might wonder if  children’s authors can make a … Continue reading

 
 
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