Believe it or not, when I ask a writer what they are trying to say with their story, they often can’t answer. This is an important question.--Lynne Marie
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers and Kidlit Zombie Week Friends, By now you may have heard that the very generous and creative Kailei Pew has invited me to do a webinar to help send African American writers and illustrators to the SCBWI conference this summer. I made one request of her: Can I give a … Continue reading Free Access to “How to Stand Out in the Query Trenches Webinar”
If you want more information about writing pitches, I have a series of videos with more examples in my Facebook group Transmedia Mutts - Helping Writers Unleash Their Creative Bark (https://www.facebook.com/groups/transmediamutts/). Come join us! --Jocelyn Rish
"Remember: this story is special. You wrote it for a reason. And it will be so happy to see you when you dust it off and pull it out to be revived." --Kaitlyn Leann
No matter how bad things are or how low and sad you are at the moment, just know that the feeling is temporary and that good days and joy will come again. While you may not completely get “over” your hardships, you’ll be able to know how to live with it and even appreciate the way it has shaped you.--Nusha about "Don't Stop"
Wow, wow, WOW! You have all blown me away with your outpouring of love, support, and queries. On this first day, I received over 100 queries! Therefore, I will close to unsolicited submissions on Wednesday at 11:59 PM PST. Unsolicited queries submitted after this time will unfortunately be deleted. I'm absolutely elated to see so … Continue reading Closing to Submissions Wednesday!
Hi all, I have some FANTASTIC news! I am now officially an Associate Agent at Olswanger Literary! So to celebrate, as of today, June 14, 2020, I am open to submissions from kidlit writers! To submit, please check out my Literary Submissions page. I'm so excited to see some wonderful stories hit my inbox soon! … Continue reading Open to Submissions!
But for both books, the end hope is really the same: I want them to reach a wide audience so that people who normally don’t care for science might see the human side of it, and people who know nothing about Chinese-Americans or Chinese culture can learn more about it. --Teresa Robeson
I just adore picture books. As writers, we wrap our hearts up in these stories - it's such a privilege for me to be able to help other writers along their way.
Every time I read an article or hear an idea that fits one of my categories, I add it to the designated folder. Over time, the information adds up, and eventually I may have enough information to start writing.
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers, Today is SUPER special because we’re celebrating Amber Henricks' newest picture book that was released yesterday! And it’s about superheroes!! Note: this celebration was supposed to happen yesterday, but out of respect for #BlackoutTuesday, we postponed it. Now put on your super hero masks and get ready for some fun … Continue reading Book Birthday Celebration and GIVEAWAY for SUPERHEROES DON’T BABYSIT by Amber Hendricks
No matter what genre you write, you’ll need to read LOTS and LOTS of books in that genre to know what you can offer that is different or better. Spend time in bookstores and libraries. What’s missing on your favorite shelf? What’s an angle or perspective that isn’t out there?
First came the boxes. Then the baby. Then the loud, nonstop crying! Desperate to get away, new big sister Cassie climbs into one of the empty boxes and sets off. She drives, she sails, and she soars...but she still hears whimpers. How far will Cassie have to go to finally get some peace and quiet? Perfect for families with new babies, this imaginative picture book lets big siblings escape--and makes them want to come back.
Don’t give up. I know that’s so cliche, but seriously...just don’t. If you have the drive and the passion, keep to it! Don’t let bad news along the way keep you from moving forward. This journey is filled with rejections and heartache. BUT it’s also filled with so many rewarding moments, too, that overshadow the bad.
It has been really fun and has made me realise all sorts of subconscious things about the story writing process in general and my adventures with Julia, Zebra and Annie in particular. --Lou about this lovely interview
Karla Valenti has created an exciting and innovative way of reading about important people in STEM. Kids and teachers are going to eat this up for its inventive analogy and entertaining storytelling. And BONUS, they'll be enjoying learning! --Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez
Hi Spring Fling Kidlit Participants, In true kidlit fashion, Ciara and I have a last-minute surprise for you! Our deliberations have been intense, and we just couldn’t stop at 19 prizes. Lucky for us, the amazingly generous Ellen Leventhal stepped up and is offering a picture book critique. Please make sure to show her all … Continue reading Spring Fling Kidlit SURPRISE!
My mom simply said, “You’ve done hard things before.” That really hit home with me. I thought, “I have done hard things.” So now, when I start feeling like something won’t happen, I remember what my mom said and dig back in to the work.
I was struggling to find the real story--and to streamline it. Then my critique group called for an intervention and encouraged me to write it in rhyme, mainly just to boil the story down to its essence, and go from there. Fortunately, when I did this, it became my story!
Hi Spring Fling Kidlit Participants, Ciara and I are really enjoying all your phenomenal stories, thank you so much for sharing them with us and connecting with each other! If you want some extra fun while we read through the entries, we're having Craft Chats, Writing Exercises, and Prize Donor Trivia on Twitter under the … Continue reading Spring Fling Kidlit Update Twitter Chats
Hey Math is Everywhere readers, It’s Autism Awareness Month, and we’re lucky to have debut author Jen Malia here today to share her new book, Too Sticky! that was inspired by her and her daughter’s experience with autism. Kaitlyn: Welcome, Jen, thanks so much for joining us today! Jen: Thanks for inviting me, Kaitlyn! Kaitlyn: … Continue reading Debut Author Interview and GIVEAWAY for Autism Awareness with Jen Malia
Hi Math is Everwhere Readers and Spring Fling Kidlit Contest Hopefuls, To check out where you’re submitting your gif-inspired kidlit story of 150 words or less, go here: https://ciaraoneal.weebly.com/spring-fling-kidlit-contest Just when you thought we were done, we have a surprise for you! We have one extra prize donor!!! To find out about the other prize … Continue reading Prize Donor Feature, Karly Caserza, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020
Hi Math is Everwhere Readers and Spring Fling Kidlit Contest Hopefuls, To check out where you’re submitting your gif-inspired kidlit story of 150 words or less, go here: https://ciaraoneal.weebly.com/spring-fling-kidlit-contest Today we have our eigthteenth prize donor in our Prize Donor Feature Series. She's a rockin', new Literary Associate at Olswanger Liteary and one of my … Continue reading Prize Donor Feature, Andrea Walker, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020
Well… (tapping chin to finger) there are some hilarious scenes involving Joker- he’s quite the character, complicating things for Alex (the main character) and being just…annoying. Then there’s this high-energy chase scene that always has me wringing my hands. But I think the heartfelt moments where Alex’s father shares a few of his mind-blowing magic tricks with his son are probably my favorite. 😉
Tara is offering a picture book critique.
Charlene is donating a picture book or first chapter of a graphic novel dummy critique.
Renee is donating a Lyrical Language Lab Intensive Rhyme & Meter Self-Study Course
This self-paced course helps you build a strong foundation in the mechanics of rhyming picture books and poetry.
Hey Friends, Can you believe Spring Fling Kidlit is almost here?!? Hop on over to Ciara's Blog to see where you'll be submitting your story! (the rules are there too): https://ciaraoneal.weebly.com/spring-fling-kidlit-contest/spring-fling-entries Check out all the Prize Donor Features (still more to come): https://mathiseverywhere439319476.wordpress.com/category/prize-donor-feature-series-spring-fling-kidlit-2020/ Join us tomorrow (April 1st at 6pm PST/ 8 pm CST/ 9 … Continue reading Spring Fling Kidlit is ONE WEEK away!
Hi Math is Everywhere Readers and Spring Fling Kidlit Contest Hopefuls, If you haven't heard of Spring Fling Kidlit, or need a refresher on the contest is, check out all the info here: https://sites.google.com/view/springflingwritingcontest/main Today we have our fourteenth prize donor in our Prize Donor Feature Series. She is one of the most passionate, generous, … Continue reading Prize Donor Feature, Amanda Jackson, Spring Fling Kidlit 2020
Diana Murray is the author of over a dozen books for children, including GOODNIGHT VEGGIES (HMH, March 2020), a Jr. Library Guild Selection; FIVE FUZZY CHICKS (Imprint/Macmillan, February 2020), an Amazon Book of the Month; and UNICORN DAY (Sourcebooks, 2019), a National Indiebound Bestseller.