Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Virtual Book Tours

Not too long ago, with the release of a new book, an author went out on a “book tour.”  Depending on the perceived sales potential and the size of the publishing house (as well as the author’s name), this involved the author traveling across the country for a few days to a few months to […]

The KidLit Blogosphere

The KidLit Blogosphere is a formidable force in the children’s book industry, and an important one to become familiar with.  Essentially, it is comprised of ‘bloggers’ – that is, people writing regularly in blog form on their websites – who devote their content exclusively to children’s literature. Their posts might encompass book reviews, industry trends, […]

The Replay of the Children’s Book Writing Q&A Call is Ready!

If you missed last night’s live Q&A webcast/teleseminar on writing and publishing children’s books, you’ll want to hear the replay, as we addressed over fifty questions about all aspects of writing and publishing for children and young adults. There are also slides with links to resources and information mentioned throughout the call. You can click […]

Answers to Your Questions About Writing Children’s Books – Tonight at 7!

This is just a quick post to invite you to join me TONIGHT at 7 PM EST for a FREE question and answer phone call during which I will be answering your questions about writing children’s books! Here are the details: EVENT: Children’s Book Author Q&A Call with Emma DATE & TIME: Tuesday, December 14th […]

Why You MUST Write That Children’s Book

I was recently interviewed for the esteemed blog “Cynsations,” run by the very talented YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith.  It was a real honor – Cynthia’s site is among the most respected, and followed, in the Kid Lit blogosphere – but it also gave me an opportunity to reflect on a core value of mine, […]

Conferences, Festivals, Bookfairs and Other Opportunities for Writers to Eat

Our MFA in Writing and Literature team spent the week in Denver at the annual AWP (Association of Writers and Writing Programs) conference. This got me thinking about the value of conferences to writers, and – a blog post is born! There are essentially two different types of conferences that children’s book authors should be […]

The Why’s and How’s of Choosing an Editor

Writing for young people is deceptively difficult. But getting published these days can be a harder task than the writing process.  The marketplace has changed dramatically over the past ten years, and the pressure on publishing houses to cater to their bottom lines means fewer acquisitions and higher hoops for authors to jump through in […]

Social Networking 101 for Children’s Book Authors

This topic is WAAAYYY too big for one little blog post (which is why it’s a 101 as opposed to a 500).  That said, for those of you who are wondering if social networking applies to children’s book authors, the answer is a resounding YES.  These days, if you’re not leveraging the power of social […]


Question: How can you turn one book into multiple sources of income, and continue to promote the original book at the same time? Answer: Re-purpose it! Re-purposing means converting the content from your book(s) into as many other formats as you can. Could your book make an audio book? An E-book? A web game?  Is […]

Agents and Publishers

Two of the most frequently asked questions I hear from aspiring authors are: “Do I really need an agent?” and “How do I get one?” The answer to the first question is: Ideally, yes. Agents handle everything from submitting your manuscripts to publishers, to negotiating contracts  and overseeing royalty statements, in exchange for which they […]

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