My Wonderful, Terrifying Journey @ Write2Ignite 2018

by Celeste Hawkins

Today’s guest blogger, Celeste Hawkins, shares her first experience attending a Write2Ignite Conference. As I opened the doors to check into my first writers’ conference, I held a print-out of my book draft in one arm and the parking-line-yellow purse that makes me feel more optimistic in the other. I pulled it closer to my […]

The Power of the Parable

by Ryan Hendrick

Ryan Hendrick’s guest post introduces the Bible’s use of parable and its impact. He follows this discussion with his original example.   A parable intrigues me because its brevity often conceals its power until it blindsides its audience. In this sense, parable is as unexpected as the boy who slays a giant with a stone […]

10 Questions about the fantasy genre and YA literature:

an interview with fantasy reader and hopeful writer Paul DeCiantis

 While not every publisher accepts fantasy manuscripts, strong interest in this genre exists among children, teens, and young adults well beyond college age. This interview is the first in a series to explore fantasy’s appeal to younger readers, and to look at connections between this genre and Christian faith. Q: Before we start, how do […]

How To Find an Agent:  Six Questions for Picture Book Writers

by Laura Sassi

As an aspiring picture book author, I had high hopes for breaking into children’s publishing. I worked on my craft, joined a critique group, revised and polished my picture book manuscripts, then sent them off to publishers, hoping my dream would soon be reality. That’s when I encountered two seemingly impossible hurdles: the slush pile and, worse […]

Part IV of “How to Lose an Editor in 10 Ways” BELIEVE YOU ARE PERFECT

by Cindy Lynn Sawyer

Whew! There’s a lot to learn when you’re striving for rejection. Here is your last round of ideas to help you to master the art of losing an editor in ten ways. Way 8: Don’t Edit Your Work No one’s work is perfect. So, to seal a rejection of your manuscript, skip editing. Editors who […]

Part III of “How to Lose an Editor in 10 Ways” COMPLICATE YOUR CONTENT

by Cindy Lynn Sawyer

We’ve been talking about some of the top 10 ways to lose an editor, based on interviews I conducted with editors at four Christian children’s publications. (Part I: SKIP THIS STEP, Part II: HOW TO MESS UP YOUR CHARACTERS) In this section we are going to cover four more ways to lose an editor through […]