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?


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