Writing for Kids

Manuscript critiques:

If you need help with a picture book manuscript, I can help! I offer critiques for picture books, both rhyme and prose, of up to 800 words. Critiques are available at two levels:
  • Quick Look
  • In Depth
  • Second Look
  • I also offer Zoom sessions as a follow-up to an In Depth critique
For more information, click here.

In the mean time, keep reading for some blog posts and other helpful resources!

Advice and encouragement for aspiring children's book authors:

Ten Tips for Beginning Picture Book Writers

Seven Key Characteristics of Well-loved Picture Books

Bringing On the Giggles in Children's Books

The Life of a Picture Book blog series

Facing Rejection 

Writing the Dreaded Synopsis

Writing Dialogue

7 Warning Signs that Your Picture Book is Forgettable

What Does "High Concept Mean," Anyway?

Tips for Writing Rhyme that Shines

More great author sites:

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them) - The blog and website of children's author Tara Lazar, founder of Picture Book Idea Month.

Susanna Leonard Hill: Something for Everyone in the World of Children's Books

Carrie On...Together! - The site of children's author Carrie Charley Brown.

The Writer's Alley

Author and poet Renee LaTulippe

Other helpful resources:

The Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators

Write For Kids - presented by the Children's Book Insider