If you’ve finished a project and you are about to query an agent or editor, here’s a great article linked from Harold Underdown’s blog. If you don’t know about him and you write for children, keep his site handy. It’s a terrific resource.
Before you send, a checklist:
Did you research your recipient?
Did you spell their name right?
Are you sending a manuscript they said they didn’t want?
Did you include your social media information? (If you have it.)
Did you include your contact information?
Is your letter brief and to the point?
Does the tone of your letter catch the spirit of your story?
Did you include the character and the stakes? (If you don’t know what stakes are, look it up.)
Did you include only relevant biographical information?
I just finished an amazing course in picture book writing from the Picture Book Academy. It was both informative and inspirational.
Every artist and writer needs an inspiration boost sometimes. Here’s a list of resources to keep handy. I’ve used most of them at one time or another and am looking forward to checking out others I haven’t tried.
If your favorite book, podcast, or video isn’t listed, please share it in the comments!
I think the very best part of participating in these November challenges has been climbing out of my hole a bit and meeting other writers. On Shar Mohr’s blog “My Picture Book Writing Journey,” I found many resources, including this one. If you write for kids, take a look. You may want to add it to your favorites. (By the way, Shar’s hen also authors an adorable blog.)
If you didn’t register for Picture Book Idea Month, or you have not been following the great discussions on the group’s Facebook page, you can still benefit from the great advice and inspiration connected with the event. Go to Tara’s blog and look for the list of guest bloggers. Each is a link, and each post is a treasure for picture book writers.