Asheville Christian Writers Conference—February 22, 23, and 24, 2019

Carolina Christian Writers Conference—2019 dates TBA

Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference May 19-23, 2019


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) 



Carol Baldwin’s Blog by Carol Baldwin

Words That Matter by Andrea Merrell

The Write Conversation by Edie Melson

Writer to Writer by Cecil Murphey

Between the Lines by the agents of Books and Such

The Write Editing—Editing answers by industry professionals

Institute of Children’s Literature—Online writing courses

SCBWI: The Blog—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

“How to Illustrate a Children’s Book” by Heather Castle

Yellapalooza—Tutorials for children’s writers and illustrators

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators—A professional organization open to anyone interested in writing or illustrating for children

Marks and Splashes—An online class taught by illustrator Mark Mitchell, author of the blog How to Be a Children’s Book Illustrator