Tools for the Taking

Author Spots for Schools is in Session for the 2014-2015 School Year!

Here’s a great way to connect children’s authors and readers, and it’s a WIN-WIN-WIN for schools, authors and school book fairs everywhere! AUTHOR SPOTS FOR SCHOOLS! Author Spots are FREE mini-commercials created by children’s authors which schools can broadcast to promote their book fair to kids and parents. I’m not talking about anything fancy here… Read more »

Novel Epiphanies Part 2

After I put the word out that I needed help with my novel’s epiphany, I continued to research the topic in craft books and online. Below I’ll share with you some notable quotes and the resources that helped most. But before I do, here’s how I ended up revising my epiphany and related chapters. First,… Read more »

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 again.   But a brilliant rhythm won’t guarantee satisfaction. Nor will page after page of laugh-out-loud… Read more »

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. Or they may offer loving support, friendship and wisdom. They poke at our main characters… Read more »

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 living. The truth – some do and many don’t. In today’s guest post, award-winning, best-selling… Read more »