Mark your calendars now and do everything in your power to SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
National-Louis University’s North Shore Campus in Skokie
After a long winter of manuscript hibernation, nothing could be better than melting the ice with Scholastic’s winsome editor Arthur Levine. Our info-packed day will help you
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Today is a special day: the winter issue of the Prairie Wind goes live, it is the first day of a year full of promise, and the date is 1.1.11. It seems that our calendars are trying to tell us something, but what? That each of our writing and illustrating creations is one of a kind?
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Does your fiction feel flabby?
Are your sentences sagging?
Does your happily-ever-after seem long-ago-and-far-away?
If so, it’s time to pump up those pages and exercise your editing power!
Award-winning children’s author Lisa Wheeler will help you strengthen your picture book writing.
You’ll learn to:
Trim the fat!
Cut unnecessary word-calories!
Add muscle to your manuscripts!
Continue reading Lisa Wheeler Picture Book Boot Camp: February 2011
By Kathleen Spale
Over the holidays, I fell into my annual tradition of eating candy canes and watching classic holiday movies…A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Miracle on 34th Street, and, of course, It’s a Wonderful Life. Looking back at the history of my illustrating career, I cannot help but feel like the angel Clarence who,
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By Hilary Wagner
So, you’ve started your blog, bugged your writer buddies to follow it (at least that’s what I did), and made it stunning to the eye with a template that just screams “you.” Now, how do you get more people to read your posts or even find your blog? Good question! Below are some tech-savvy
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By Jodell Sadler
I started out thinking I’d write about YA this month, but then I read two middle-grade novels that I just had to write about. They both represent a larger movement in children’s literature to incorporate literary devices common to picture books into older genres.
Keeper, by Kathi Appelt, illustrated by August Hall (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum,
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Compiled by Michelle Sussman
ALA BOOKLIST & BOOK LINKS EDITORS REVUE 2011
What: Booklist’s Editors’ Choice and Book Links’ Lasting Connections
When: Saturday, January 22, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Where: National-Louis University North Shore Campus, 5202 Old Orchard Road (North Tower), Skokie.
Details: Special Guests include Laura Tillotson (editorial director at Booklist and editor at Book Links), Ilene Cooper (children’s books editor at Booklist), and Daniel
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By Cheryl Bardoe
Talk about the power of word choice. My MFA faculty advisor said that my critical essay analyzing the layered details in Daniel Pinkwater’s book The Neddiad was generally fine, but that I had “ducked” when it came to answering the question of how writers might achieve this effect. Ducked? I doubt my advisor—successful middle-grade
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By Lisa Cinelli
In my quest to stay connected and educated about the world of children’s books, I travel near and far to attend workshops and conferences focused on the crafts of writing and illustrating, as well as the business of getting published. Each conference brings a new set of revelations. Depending on where I am in
Continue reading Getting to Know the Business and Busyness of Children’s Book Publishing
Creating a Personal Strategic Marketing Plan
This is a facilitated workshop/panel/networking day
in which you will create a personal strategic plan for marketing your books and career.
Are you writing books to promote yourself or sell a concept? Do you want your children’s book writing to be your life’s work or to complement other activities? You will leave this
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