My friend, a fellow writer, was getting her driver’s license renewed. The person processing her application asked her what line of work she was in. “I write children’s books,” she… Read More »The Honest Truth About How Much Money Children’s Authors Make
Searching for an activity that a group of teens and young adults could do together, my niece had an idea. She jumped up and left the room, returning moments later,… Read More »How to Start Building a Children’s Author Platform
When I mention to people that I write children’s books, I can often count on one or two reactions (sometimes both!): Wow, that’s so cool! I’ve always wanted to write… Read More »Want to Write for Children–But Have No Idea How to Start?
There have been many times I have struggled to adhere to the “write everyday” practice. I mean, I often have work projects that require me to compose words into some… Read More »How to Brainstorm Ideas for Your Children’s Book
Personally, for years I didn’t understand the appeal of Twitter for authors at all. Number one, in the beginning, you only had 140 characters. Why even bother? Occasionally, I would… Read More »How Children’s Authors Should Use Twitter
If you are on Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen them. The breathless announcement of a book deal, followed by a screenshot of the announcement in Publishers Marketplace. (A rather plain… Read More »Your guide to the secret language of publishing deals
An interesting side development emerged out of the upheaval from the Black Lives Matter protests. People also ramped up efforts to challenge institutional racism in all aspects of society, including… Read More »What Publishers Actually Pay Children’s Authors
Did you ever have to sell Girl Scout Cookies? Or maybe you participated in a fundraiser for your school, and went door-to-door selling candy bars that tasted like chalk, or… Read More »How to Market Your Children’s Book if You Hate Sales