When we write, we influence people, especially when the writing is fiction and readers are looking for entertainment, not attitudes or other subjective content. This is especially true with children. As writers, we have to consider the subtle cultural messages we are reinforcing with our tales. We have unusual opportunities and it is our responsibility to at least think about what we are saying. Sometimes when we do, we don’t even agree with ourselves!
Even if you have not signed up for Julie Hedlund’s fantastic 12 x 12 (Twelve picture book manuscripts in twelve months) program, you can benefit from her line-up of featured authors, editors, and agents. First up this year, author and consultant Emma Walton Hamilton offers a super mini-course in picture book construction. If you have a manuscript, or just an idea, take a few minutes to read it. You won’t be sorry.
Picture book friends, attention! Here’s some great advice cleverly framed.
If you have checked market guidelines lately, you know picture book manuscripts are shorter than ever. Read the post below to find out why.
This new agent may be just the partner you are looking for. She is seeking picture books, early readers, and other books for children. Read about her on WritersDigest.com!
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…)
No time to attend a writers’ conference? Spend a day online and learn about writing a picture book.
Generous advice for picture book writers from Mem Fox.
Here’s a great opportunity for writers of humorous children’s books.
Hey gang, check it out. The Greenhouse Funny Prize is back. And guess what: this year, it’s open to North American writers!
Last year’s competition saw over 700 entries, and Pip Jones was our winner. Julia Churchill quickly sold Pip’s book, SQUISHY McFLUFF, THE INVISIBLE CAT, to Faber Children’s Books in a 4 book pre-empt.
So we’re putting out a call for funny stuff, from quirky picture books to wry y.a. The winner will receive an offer of representation from Greenhouse.
That’s right. The winner gets rep’d people. Not bad.
The Greenhouse Funny prize is open to un-agented writers writing funny fiction for children of all ages.
To get a good sense of the voice and where the character is headed, we’d like to see the first 5,000 words PLUS a short description (a few lines) of the book AND a one page outline that…
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