Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

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

Question Mark ConceptHappy 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 book lovers.

So I thought I’d start this New Year off a little differently. I want to begin 2015 by listeningreally listening, in order to help me best serve those who share the dream of writing or publishing a children’s book or young adult novel in the year ahead. Will you help me? Please tell me…

What’s your #1 question about writing and/or publishing books for children or young adults?

What holds you back? What do you feel like you don’t know, or need to do or have in order to fulfill that dream?

To answer, simply click on the link below and write your response in the box provided:

Thank you for sharing your dreams and questions with me, and here’s wishing you all possible success in your creative endeavors in the year ahead!



2 Responses to “What’s your biggest question about writing children’s books?”
  1. I am working on my first author/illustrated story. I have a gallery/working studio downtown and feel my illustrations are strong. It is a very old song with many versions and is public domain. However, the more I read about submitting the more I am confused! Some say only submit 1-2 illustrations and others say submit the full manuscript for a PB. Do they want the illustrations to be all completed or just sketches? I don’t want to appear as a newbie and submit incorrectly! Or worse they want to see finished illustrations and I only have sketches! Please help! I was on the mini web picture book conference last night and it was so helpful! But I missed the first half so don’t know if this was discussed or not! It was my song question Julie addressed right at the end! Thank you again!

  2. Emma says:

    Dear Susan,

    The rule of thumb is: always follow the SPECIFIC guidelines of whichever agency or publishing house you are submitting to, as preferences vary from house to house and agency to agency. The most important thing is to respect the submission guidelines of that specific house or agency, regardless of what the industry norms may be.

    That said, when in doubt – and if specifics are not given – submit 1-3 finished illustrations, and sketches for the rest. The goal is to give them a sense of what you’re capable of in terms of finished art, but also to send the message that you’re open to feedback… and that this is not a totally finished work, which would be difficult for you to change or fix.

    Hope that makes sense!

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