Dusty Old Writing

I remember words of advice from seasoned professionals in the writing industry. Don't be in a hurry to hit 'send' as soon as you finish your manuscript. Put it away for some time. Then, revisit it and send the revised, polished work on to your agent or publisher. I was like many authors I know.…

Preparing for a Writers’ Conference

It's writers' conference season! The idea of attending a writing conference might be new and scary to you. It might be an annual event on your calendar, or you may be one of the seasoned professionals who presents at multiple conferences around the country each year. After many conferences, my heart races a bit at…

Marketing Your Children’s Book

Marketing a book can be overwhelming! Planning social media posts, website updates, blog posts, mail campaigns, book signings, and speaking engagements can cause an author's head to spin. And then there's that next book to write. And all these tasks occur at the same time! How can you cover all the bases of marketing? Start with a list…

The Child’s Voice in Writing

Engaging young readers is important for children's authors, but in an effort to reach them, how do we understand our young readers? Maybe we are parents or grandparents. We might be teachers or caregivers. Maybe we just have a heart for littles. I think every children's author would agree that effective writing for children requires…

Seven Things for Children’s Writers to Do

The week between Christmas and New Years is a special time of year. If you are an aspiring children's author, you may wonder how to best use this week. Christian authors focus on a variety of activities during Christmas week. The list is as varied as the individual authors. I encourage you to choose one…

‘Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant’

If you follow our blog, you are interested in writing for children or teens. That, in and of itself, speaks volumes. You feel called to craft stories that will excite young readers, or you feel called to write Bible stories or devotionals that are just the right reading level to engage kids in exploring God's Word…

Online Connections for Christian Children’s Authors

An aspiring author is sometimes in a quandary about what to do next. Perhaps, the would-be author sits at her computer and wonders what to do with her writing time that day. Several months ago, I posted a list of jump start ideas, Be an Author - Do One Thing. Let's add to that list…

Become a Better Writer

We know that authors should read, read, read in the genre they write. So, for example, if you aspire to being a children's fiction author, you should read tons of children's fiction. If you want to write devotions for teens, you should read lots and lots of devotions for teens. Gathering the books you need…

Write to the Heartfelt Needs of Kids

I was surprised at my reaction to the back-to-school sales. Last spring, I left teaching to write full time. I didn't expect to have strong feelings about back-to-school supplies this summer, but I did. It was obvious that the children and parents in the store had their own range of emotions, too. Nervousness Excitement Dread…

What’s New in Children’s Books?

If you follow our blog, you undoubtedly have a sense of calling to write for children and teens in the Christian market. Today, I want to encourage you to check out what's new in children's books. Keeping on top of that may include some things that surprise you, but they'll be relatively simple additions to…