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How to Write and Publish Children's Books
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  • 03/28/16--05:30: Picking a Category
  • A note: This post was written in February and programmed here to fill a hole in my programming. Normal blog posts will resume in the next few weeks, but I just wanted to put some fresh material online! Recently, I worked with a client who had written, by all accounts, a middle-grade novel. It has […]

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    Recently, an editorial client of mine wrote in with the following awesome question about submitting multiple queries to multiple agents: Is it ok to query two books at the same time to different agents? A novel and a picture book? An agent I want to work with is accepting queries for both picture books and …

    The post Submitting Multiple Queries to Multiple Agents appeared first on Kidlit.


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    The revision process for writing a book can be extremely intimidating. I completely understand. There are some really great points in the comments about why this situation arises, but that doesn’t change the fact that writers are still often too intimidated by revision to give it the time it deserves. Read on. There’s More to …

    The post Learn to Love the Revision Process for Writing a Book appeared first on Kidlit.


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    Today I’d like to talk about submitting to literary agents who have already rejected your work before. There are only so many literary agents to go around, so I understand why writers feel compelled to submit to the same ones with multiple projects, or multiple revisions of the same project. Longtime blog friend Mary puts …

    The post Submitting to Literary Agents Who Have Already Rejected Your Work appeared first on Kidlit.


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    Oceans of ink and blog posts have been spilled talking about novel opening pages. And with good reason. Your novel’s first pages are the only thing an agent gets to see before they make their decision about you. Well, that and your query letter and synopsis, which is why those are such hot topics. But …

    The post Writing Compelling Novel Opening Pages appeared first on Kidlit.


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  • 04/09/18--07:04: Delaying an Agent Submission
  • Delaying an agent submission isn’t usually on a writer’s radar. Most writers very much want an agent to request their manuscript, so why would they delay? There is a really compelling reason to be strategic in capitalizing on an agent’s interest. Submitting Too Soon Writers are humans. They are, whether you want to think so …

    The post Delaying an Agent Submission appeared first on Kidlit.


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    The novel synopsis is a source of great consternation for many writers, and I completely understand why. To be honest, I hate writing them, I hate reading them, and I know I’m not alone. They are, usually, both crime and punishment. But they are a necessary evil for several reasons, which I’ll mention. Read on …

    The post How to Write a Novel Synopsis appeared first on Kidlit.


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  • 10/29/18--05:30: Query Letter Format
  • This post is all about query letter format, a perennially popular topic that won’t quit! While there isn’t just one query letter format or query letter template out there, I’ve developed a handout that I’ve used over the years to really streamline and clarify the process for writers. Query Letter Format From my recent webinar …

    The post Query Letter Format appeared first on Kidlit.


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    Picture book manuscript format flummoxes a lot of aspiring children’s book writers because there is so much potential variety. In my career, I have seen hundreds of examples of picture book format. To help you stand out in the slush as polished and professional, I’ve developed a picture book manuscript template handout that I’ve used …

    The post Picture Book Format and How to Format Your Manuscript appeared first on Kidlit.


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    Questions about comp titles in a query are common, because book comps can either be a powerful part of your pitch, or a bit potential pitfall. Here are some more thoughts on whether to use them, or not, and how. (My original article on comparative titles is here.) Comp Titles in a Query and How …

    The post Comp Titles in a Query and Other Questions About Book Comps appeared first on Kidlit.