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 […]

Part II of “How to Lose an Editor in Ten Ways” HOW TO MESS UP YOUR CHARACTERS

by Cindy Lynn Sawyer

Welcome to part 2 of my blog series. (Click here if you missed PART I: SKIP THIS STEP) Let’s delve into a couple more ways you can lose an editor. Incorporating some of these flaws into your characters will almost always guarantee a rejection. Here’s how: Way 2: Make Your Characters the Wrong Age Create […]

Part I of “How To Lose An Editor in Ten Ways” SKIP THIS STEP

by Cindy Lynn Sawyer

The first (and possibly the most important) step to writing for publication is to read the writers guidelines and a few of the organization’s publications to get an idea of what they publish. So, if you are looking to lose an editor immediately, simply skip this step. Three out of the four editors I interviewed […]

PB Contest Part II: Submission Guidelines and Payment of Entry Fee

Last month we announced our new Write2Ignite Conference contest to find the best unpublished picture book manuscript, and there are two categories!





The prize package for the 2 winners includes a free detailed critique from Write2Ignite, a plaque, free admission into our September conference, bragging rights, and a boost of confidence! Prize valued at $200. We will announce the winners’ names and story titles on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. All entrants will receive free access to a live instructional writing webinar hosted by Write2Ignite planned for July.
Deadline for entering is May 31, 2019. See HERE for Part 1, contest rules.


Include your first and last name in the upper left corner of every page. Use Times New Roman or Courier, 12-point font, black ink. Word count only goes on first page. Number all pages. Double space your manuscript. Margins should be one inch all around.
Save your entry as a PDF or a Word doc named: YourFirstName_YourLastName_W2i_PictureBookContest.doc (or .docx or .pdf) Please replace “YourFirstName_YourLastName” with your actual first and last name. If you are entering the contest more than once, please add a 1, 2, or 3, etc. to the end of your document name. (i.e. YourFirstName_YourLastName_AS_Short_Story_Contest1.doc and YourFirstName_YourLastName_AS_Short_Story_Contest2.doc) In the upper left hand corner on every page, include your name. Entries that do not follow this format are subject to disqualification.


First you pay your $20 entry fee, sending a check with “PB Contest” written on the memo line to Mrs. Cathy Biggerstaff, 410 Aydlotte Rd, Rutherfordton NC 28139. We also hope to have an online link for contest payment ready soon, so if you want to pledge your intent to pay online, email Mrs. Biggerstaff at, and she’ll let you know when the payment link is ready.
Once your entry fee is received, we will send you the email address to which you will submit your picture book manuscript. Please check your email! You will receive confirmation that your entry has been received.


The winners will be announced in the webinar, in our Facebook group, and on our website. We do not own your work. We will discuss the winners’ work in the webinar but will not publish it so that first rights to publication may be sold elsewhere.
That’s it! Please review the contest rules HERE, and get those submissions in!

How to Lose an Editor in Ten Ways

by Cindy Lynn Sawyer

Anyone can sabotage their writing career. It takes less skill to fail as a freelance children’s writer than it does to succeed. I’ve interviewed four editors from popular Christian children’s magazines who reveal details on what to do to increase your chances of staying out of print. In this four-part series, you will learn 10 […]