Resources and Tips for Children's Writers

Some days I'm amazed because I get paid to write books for children. Yet most of the time I recognize the hard work I put into every manuscript I write. It really is work. BUT I love my job. It's a blessing!
Maybe you've likely considered writing for children, too. Always the teacher, I have some suggestions for new writers.
I created a list of resources for children's writers. These are the books, websites, and online groups I repeatedly suggest to my writing friends, both new and experienced. Updated June 2019.

I also created a list of tips for new writers. Often writers submit to publishers before their manuscript is ready. I hope my tips below will prevent that! Updated April 2019.

Also, the educational market is a fantastic way for writers to break into the publishing industry. Instead of pitching your book ideas to editors, the editors come to you with writing assignments (books and other resources).
If you're ready to learn even more, consider attending a workshop or conference. SCBWI and the Highlights Foundation can get you started. I also teach multiple workshops and provide critiques for writers. Writing well is work, but be prepared to be inspired and motivated to write well.

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