Picture book friends, attention! Here’s some great advice cleverly framed.
Here’s a great insight into the process of a small press editor. Much of this holds for any kind of manuscript submission. It also applies to readers, if you are selling to them directly.
Great advice for writers of children’s books from Write4Kids!
Here’s an inspiring post from the Writer’s Digest site. Remember why you wanted to be a writer. Aim for the stars.
Before you try to use meter and rhyme in a book for children, read this post from Tara Lazar. (Yes, you can do it, but…)
I have written poetry since I was a child, but I know that many authors have never explored the medium. It offers important lessons for any writer. Besides, it’s fun.
Picture book authors, teachers, and poets, don’t miss this fabulous collection of collective nouns. Never heard of them? Take a look. You will be enchanted.
Today is the last day of the Poem a Day Challenge. I did not finish my NaNoWriMo goal, but I did write a poem every day. Now, it’s time to go through them and choose between 10 and 20 for the chapbook competition. You can enter too, even if you didn’t post. Today’s link leads to the final prompt, a “milk” poem, and the community’s responses. There you will also find a link to the submission rules. Revision is allowed, and so are some poems not written during the competition, but most should have been created for the PAD challenge. You have until January to submit. (I get involved in other things and forget, so I will probably put mine together much sooner.)
This has been a wonderful experience, and I know that my efforts have been read by more people than would have seen most printed journals. I’ve met some wonderful new poets. I plan to keep posting my own warm-ups here, but other challenges loom and it might not be daily. Thanks for following and I hope you had fun, too.
delivered to the doorstep
for Dad’s coffee
from the top
through the morning
If you are writing a rhyming picture book manuscript, it might be a good idea to read this excellent post right now. It warns you about common pitfalls and guides you toward success.
Notes on poetry in the digital age from the site of venerable literary journal.