Saturday, November 25th, 2017

What’s your biggest question about writing children’s books?

Happy New Year! As a children’s author, editor and writing coach, I spend a lot of  time talking about writing and/or publishing books for children and young adults. I feel so blessed to do the work I do, and to belong to such a warm, supportive and buoyant community of fellow readers, writers and children’s […]

The Series Series, Part 1: Planning a Series

I’ve been on a series of deadlines and taking a bit of a break from blogging, but as I promised last week, I’m picking it up again with a series of posts about… writing a series. My mother and I have developed three series to date: The Dumpy the Dump Truck picture book series; the […]

Books Not Yet in Print

I’ve been taking a break from blogging the past month or two, but it’s time to get back to it! And what better way to begin than by sharing some of the pearls of wisdom I picked up from last summer Southampton Childrens’ Literature conference? I had the great honor of sitting in on Peter […]

Independent Publishing – Pros & Cons

Independent Publishing essentially has two definitions. In the commercial publishing world, independent publishers (also called “indies” or “small presses”) are small publishers that publish a limited number of books per year (usually less than 10). Their status may also be determined by an annual sales figure (i.e. less than $50 million, after returns and discounts).  Small […]

Subsidy Presses – Pros & Cons

A subsidy publisher takes payment from an author to print and bind a book, but also contributes a portion of the cost and/or provides adjunct services. Some subsidy publishers may be selective and/or screen submissions before committing to publish.  Subsidy publishers generally claim at least some rights, though these may be non-exclusive. Completed books and […]

Traditional Publishing – Pros & Cons

It may be hard to believe there are any cons associated with being published by a traditional, commercial publisher – after all, that’s the gold ring all writers are aiming for, right? Certainly there are many advantages to having one’s books published by a commercial publisher. But in exploring self-publishing as we are at the […]

Self-Publishing 101

We’re going to be exploring self- and independent publishing this month on the Children’s Book Hub, so I thought I would kick off the discussion with an overview on the various forms of publishing, especially self-publishing. In subsequent posts I’ll get more specific as to the pros and cons of each: Traditional Commercial Publishing: A […]