Pitch Your Picture Book through a Twitter Party!

For what event would you pack an ax, a vial of serum, and dog booties? Racing in the Iditarod! Find out what else mushers pack. #PBPitch #NF Jersey wishes she had spots like the other cows, so she knits herself a spotted sweater and all the other cows want one too. #PBPitch #H The above […]

More Than Just the Facts, Ma’am

By Samantha Bell

  When you think about writing for children, you might picture stacks of picture books or a shelf full of novels. But did you know there’s a large nonfiction market as well? In my workshop session “More Than Just the Facts, Ma’am”, I’m going to introduce you to the world of children’s nonfiction and educational publishing. […]

Ten Things NOT to Do When Writing a Picture Book

By Samantha Bell Do you have a picture book in the works? If so, you know they are a lot harder to write than most people think. Whether you’re just starting to write your manuscript or you’re in the final stages of revision, here are some things NOT to do: Do not write down to […]

Write Exciting Things for Kids

Some of you know that I am a teacher as well as an author. I learn from my students and fellow teachers every single day, even  – and sometimes especially – those who are brand new to the profession. What does teaching have in common with writing? So. Many. Things. I was sitting with a […]