For Writers and Illustrators






 Asheville Christian Writers Conference – February 17-19, 2017

Carolina Christian Writers Conference – March 10-11, 2017


Publishing Options

An online manuscript submission service for authors, agents, and publishers in the Christian publishing industry


EA Books 


Professional Organizations

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) 



Words that Matter by Andrea Merrell

The Write Conversation by Edie Melson

Writer to Writer by Cecil Murphy

Between the Lines – blog by the agents of Books and Such

The Write Editing – editing answers by industry professionals

Institute of Children’s Literature – Online writing courses

SCBWI’s Blog – The official blog of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

PiBoIdMo – Website and blog of author Tara Lazar and home of Picture Book Idea Month (PiBoIdMo)

The Blueboards – SCBWI forum for writers and illustrators originally created by author Verla Kay

WOW! Women on Writing 

Educational Markets for Children’s Writers by Evelyn Christensen

Formatting Manuscripts by Elk Lake Publishing



Illustration Friday – A weekly creative outlet for artists and illustrators of all levels and abilities. A new theme is announced every Friday. No pressure — just fun!

The Purple Crayon Blog – Questions about Children’s Publishing Answered by a Children’s Book Editor Harold Underdown. Also includes current children’s publishing links.

“Present Your Portfolio Like a Pro” by Elizabeth Delumba

“What to Include in a Portfolio” by Cheryl Klein

Promotional Postcards by Elizabeth Delumba

Postcards and the 10% by Guiseppe Castellano 

Drawing Hidden Pictures by Maurie J. Manning

The Drawing Board for Illustrators Lots of great articles — keep scrolling down!

“How to Illustrate a Picture Book“ by Heather Castle

Yellapalooza Tutorials for children’s writers and illustrators

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators This is a professional organization open to anyone interested in writing or illustrating for children. 

Marks and Splashes Online class taught by illustrator Mark Mitchell, author of the blog “How To Be a Children’s Book Illustrator”