Here are my top posts on the craft and business of writing. Please also see the 12 x 12 in 2012 Featured Author posts.


Picture Book Dummies – How to build one and why it’s important

“Voiciness” – How to find that all important “voice” in your writing

Critiques: How to Take Them – Make the most of critique group advice, even if it is difficult

Your First Customer – Writing stories that appeal to publishers while still writing from the heart

Resource for Picture Book Writers – George Shannon’s blog is a wealth of info

To Market, To Market

A Good Query Letter is Like a Skirt – A few tips on queries from the Big Sur in the Rockies Workshop, courtesy of Andrea Brown, president of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency

How to Write a Winning Query – Advice from agent Elena Mechlin at Pippin Properties

Top 15 Query Letter “Don’ts”

How to Research Editors and Agents – Target your submissions and improve your chances of success

Perfect Pitch – How to prepare to pitch your book to an editor or agent

Notes from the Big Sur Children’s Writing Workshop – led by Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Tamson Weston Pitch Contest: Winners! — Freelance editor Tamson Weston talks about what makes a good pitch, selects winners from a contest, and explains why they work so well.

New Age Publishing

The One Thing You Must Do if You Want to Write Storybook Apps

How to Create a Storybook App Proposal — Explains the genesis of my Template for Storybook App Proposals

Jane Friedman on “Doing an eBook Right”

Print Books and E-Books and Apps, Oh My

How to Build a Storybook App


Jane Yolen’s 20 Rules of Writing – Notes from Yolen’s keynote speech at SCBWI NY 2010

And the Crowd Goes Wild — With Peter Brown! — From his keynote at the NJ-SCBWI conference 2013

The Hearts of Children – From Bruce Coville’s opening keynote at the Rocky Mountain SCBWI conference 2010

Beware the Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend – Notes from Libba Bray’s opening speech at SCBWI NY 2010

She Loved That Baby Up – Notes from Jacqueline Woodson’s luncheon speech at SCBWI NY 2010

A Picture Book is Worth MORE than 1000 Words – My response to the NYT article on the decline of picture books

Adam Rex Rocks the House – From Adam Rex’s visit to the Rocky Mountain SCBWI conference

Mira Reisberg: 4 Ps of Getting Published — Author Mira Reisberg reveals what’s needed to achieve your dream

Inspiration from Bologna — My favorite quotes from the 2012 Bologna Children’s Book Fair


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  1. why are all the links lined out, and do not work?


  2. I was wondering the same thing. Why can we not access them?


  3. How could you possibly vote for Hillary if you care about kids??? J.S. Voting for Trump is about the lesser of a proven evil versus an unproven evil… we should discuss it.


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