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Susan Lee Writer and illustrator. Author of GENUINE HAUNTED HOUSE and BEGINNINGS - STORIES OF CANADA'S PAST

Grace Lin Author/Illustrator of DIM SUM FOR EVERYONE (Knopf), OLVINA FLIES (Henry Holt), to name a few

Cynthia Lord Her first MG novel called RULES (Scholastic Press) is due out in 2004

Jennifer Macaire Novelist

Pat McCarthy Author of dozens of nonfiction books for kids.

Robert McGraw Author of THE ROGUE AND THE HORSE.

Susan Heyboer O'Keefe Author of an MG novel DEATH BY EGGPLANT (Spring 2004, Roaring Brook Press) and picure book ONE HUNGRY MONSTER (Little, Brown) to name a few.

Linda Joy Singleton Author of the REGENERATION SERIES

Tanya Stone Author of over fifty books for kids including D IS FOR DREIDEL and LIVING IN A WORLD OF GREEN, to name a few.

Edith Tarbescu Author of ANNUSHKA'S VOYAGE (Houghton Mifflin), BRING BACK MY GERBIL (Scholastic), to name a few.

Lea Wait Author of WINTERING WELL (McElderryBooks), and many more.

Rick Walton Author of BUNNY CHRISTMAS (HarperCollins), A VERY HAIRY SCARY STORY (Putnam), MRS. MCMURPHY'S PUMPKIN (HarperCollins),

Max Elliot Anderson Author of NEWSPAPER CAPER, TERROR AT WOLF LAKE, and more.

Randy Cecil Illustrator of a half dozen picture books. Also, he's both written and illustrated his first picture book with Henry Holt called ONE DARK DREADFUL NIGHT.

Dori Chaconas Author of ON A WINTRY MORNING, (Viking), ONE LITTLE MOUSE, (Viking), MOMMA, WILL YOU? and more.

Nancy Coffelt Author/illustrator of WHAT'S COOKIN'? A HAPPY BIRTHDAY COUTING BOOK (Chronicle) THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF (Harcourt), to name a few.

Beverly Cooke Writer of over fifty magazine articles

Stacy DeKeyser Author of SACAGAWEA and THE WAMPANOAG (coming in March), from Franklin Watts/Scholastic Library Press.

Dotti Enderle Author of the FORTUNE TELLERS CLUB SERIES, and many more

Ann Fearrington Author of WHO SEES THE LIGHTHOUSE? (Putnam) and author illustrator of CHRISTMAS LIGHTS (Houghton Mifflin)

Becky Hall Author of A IS FOR ARCHES (Sleeping Bear Press)

Christine M. Irvin Author of a series of 8 craft books for kids

Terrie Jean Author of 365 DAYS OF WALKING THE RED ROAD

Jarrett J. Krosoczka Author/Illustrator of GOOD NIGHT, MONKEY BOY (Knopf), BAGHEAD (Knopf), and BUBBLE BATH PIRATES (Viking)

Kathryn Lay Writer of 800 articles for children. Her first MG novel will be published in 2004

 

Click here for some common writing and illustrating submission questions answered

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SHORT END OF THE STICK?

RAINING CATS AND DOGS?

Ever wonder where a word or phrase came from? Click above to learn about some interesting beginnings to some common sayings––some funny and some just plain bizarre! Click here for some interesting theories on word origins

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Click here for an illustrator's guide to writing and illustrating a picture book

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Learn what goes on from the marketing side....

A Q&A with Heather Scott, then Marketing Associate

at Bloomsbury Children's Books

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What's your favorite children's book and why?

Read what editors and well known authors and illustrators had to say

Read what children's booksellers had to say

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Want to add content to your book's description on Amazon?

GO HERE and simply follow the instructions. You'll need to list your name and contact information and then, you will be able to add reviews and author comments.

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A monthly column by

KATIE DAVIS...

Author/illustrator of Mabel the Tooth Fairy and How She Got Her Job, Who Hoots?, Who Hops?, Party Animals, and I Hate To Go To Bed!

THE ART OF PROMOTION

Katie shares her past and present experiences...a sort of, "get to know the writer." Katie knows her stuff!

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THE WISDOM OF DIGITAL PORTFOLIOS

Is it worth putting your artwork on the web? What about sending your work on burned CDs?

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STEALING THE TREASURE

Worried about someone steeling your illustrations? Concerned about copyright? Read this!

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SPINNING YOUR WEB

Some great tips for making your website more "personal" that will help promote your work and allow the reader to know YOU

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PLANTING SEEDS

How to get noticed and get your books to sell!

Worried about your work being stolen?

Wondering whether you can legally write that article or draw that picture?

Want to know when a work is in the public domain?

Wondering whether you need to register your work with the U.S copyright office?

This article will answer all those questions and much, much more!

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BRINGING YOUR STORY TO LIFE (SHOW, DON'T TELL)

Synthesized by Lynn T. Fazenbaker

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DIALOGUE FOR BEGINNERS

by Cynthia Lord

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WORDS

Free words to use! Some haphazard, inconsequential definitions included

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September's picture book pick is T is for Terrible, by Peter McCarty. Click here––to read the review.

And stay tuned for middle grade and young adult reviews, coming soon!

For last time's book pick, a great Halloween story that comes with its own costume, click here!

 

WRITING LINKS

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WRIT'ER'S ENCYCLOPEDIA

a large glossary of writing terms

www.writersmarket.com

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MERRIAM-WEBSTER ONLINE

look up any word fast!

www.m-w.com

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DOG NAMES

Need a good dog name for that lovable or not so lovable animal in your book?

Go here for a very comprehensive list.

www.petrix.com

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PEOPLE NAMES

6,500 names and their meanings

www.babynames.com

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MORE NAMES

www.thinkbabynames.com

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BOOKSIGNINGS

click below for an article on how to make your next signing a success

www.writerswrite.com

TOO FUNNY!

"The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant." - www.tech-sol.net

"Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two other sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master." - www.tech-sol.com

Read more of these real High School Essay metaphors-- these are TOO funny to be missed!

http://www.tech-sol.net

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GRAMMAR

Grammar problems? Have a question?

www.englishplus.com

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MORE GRAMMAR

Another good grammar resource

(the grammar page seems to be broken, so for now, I'm linking to the "grammar links" section of this site.

www.robinsnest.com

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AUTHOR LINK - WRITING ARTICLES

Insights from editors, agents, and authors

(it looks like these articles are no longer free...but there might be something good on there, on occasion.)

www.authorlink.com

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AARON SHEPARD'S KIDWRITING PAGE

This page has a lot of stuff...not just writing tips, but publishing tips, booksigning tips, and lots more.

www.aaronshep.com/kidwriter/index.html

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MARGOT FINK'S MUSINGS

Her musings have moved to The Purple Crayon. See them there... they include lots of writing tips, etc.

www.underdown.org/articles.htm#musings

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AMAZON RANKINGS

If you've ever wondered or OBSESSED even about those little pesky amazon sales numbers, then you MUST read this article. Perhaps after reading it, you'll obsess a bit less!

www.murdermustadvertise.com

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B&N INC - GETTING YOUR BOOK INTO B&N

If you're self published, or just curious about how this works, click below for information about how to get your book carried by B&N

www.barnesandnobleinc.com

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THE CHILDREN'S BOOK COUNCIL

For a listing of publishing houses, addresses, and editor names, click below and go to the publisher section. This site posts the latest books being published as well as articles with tips for new writers and illustrators.

www.cbcbooks.org

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THE PURPLE CRAYON

This is a great site chock filled with information. Be sure to check out the "who's moving where" page for the latest editorial moves. This site gives some great tips for getting published.

www.underdown.org

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PREDATORS AND EDITORS

Find out who is "legit" and who is not.

http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/

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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

one of the most comprehensive publishing news magazines

www.publishersweekly.com

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SMART WRITERS

Another good site for writers...make sure to check out the author interviews--"writers on writing." This website contains the latest publishing news relevant to writers and also posts some book reviews, as well. There is lots of stuff!

www.SmartWriters.com

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THE SOCIETY OF CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS

An organization that hosts a lot of great conferences and provides many member benefits

www.scbwi.org

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Book Report: How four magazines you've probably never read help determine what books you buy.

This isn't a website, but a brief article on the four important publishing magazines––Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, The Library Journal, and Booklist.

go to the article: slate.msn.com

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Why the Writer Is The Last to Know

This articles gives us authors some insight as to what is going on behind those publishers' closed doors!

nytimes article

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LINKS - INTERVIEWS

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EDITOR INTERVIEWS - ROBIN FREIDNMAN'S SITE

Would you like to know what goes on inside a publishing company? Want to find the right editor for your manuscript? Read editor interviews on Robin Friedman's website.

www.robinfriedman.com

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EDITOR, AGENT, AUTHOR CHATS - VERLA KAY'S SITE

Read the transcripts to many many question and answer sessions, where writers ask the questions... some great tips for getting published!

www.verlakay.com

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BY THE BOOK - AUTHOR INTERVIEWS... BOOK REVIEWS

Reviews and interviews that first appeared in The Daily Times, Ottawa, Illinois - by author Julia Durango

http://www.geocities.com/juliadurango/btb.html

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BARRY GOLDBLOTT'S BLOG

Children's literary agent speaks out. There are some interesting things in this blog!

/www.livejournal.com/users/bgliterary/

These sites all have great legal advice for writers and illustrators:

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THE PUBLISHING LAW CENTER

www.publaw.com

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LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE

www.law.cornell.edu..

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COPYRIGHT RESOURCES

www.copyright-resources.com

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COPYRIGHT WEBSITE

www.benedict.com

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WHEN IS COPYING OKAY

http://www.efuse.com

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INTELECTUAL PROPERTIES ISSUES

www.negativeland.com

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U.S COPYRIGHT OFFICE

www.copyright.gov

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U.S TRADEMARK OFFICE

www.uspto.gov

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IVAN HOFFMAN ATTORNEY AT LAW

www.ivanhoffman.com/helpful.html

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LINKS

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YELLAPALOOZA

A great resource for illustrators wanting to break into children's publishing.

www.yellapalooza.com

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THE DRAWING BOARD

All sorts of stuff for illustrators––pricing, legal rights, technique advice, and more.

http://members.aol.com/thedrawing/

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THE I SPOT

A place where illustrators and art reps showcase their work. Check out the "art talk" section for free illustration chat...get your questions answered!

www.theispot.com

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COMMUNICATION ARTS

An illustration and graphic design magazine that puts out an annual Illustration Annual.

www.commarts.com

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THE SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS

Based in NYC, this is *the* club for illustrators. The Society hosts many illustration shows, including the annual children's book original art show. It also publishes an illustration book annually.

www.societyillustrators.org

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AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION

This is a small site that represents the American Illustration Book published yearly. I think it's one of the most eye-catching, well designed illustration books out there.

http://www.ai-ap.com

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THE ERIC CARLE MUSEUM OF PICTURE BOOK ART

This museum showcases children's book illustration, based in MA

www.picturebookart.org

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LINKS

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PLANET ESME

www.planetesme.com

Author EsmeRaji Codell has created a great book resource for parents and children... book reviews and more!

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BOOK STORES

Here you can find a large list of independent bookstores across the country and stores in other countries!

www.kathleenduey.com/index.2ts?page=bookstores

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THE HORN BOOK

A periodical specific to children's books... plenty of book reviews and author interviews.

www.hbook.com

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BOOKLIST

American Library Association's Booklist Magazine - the online version. Subscription to the print version can be done online. The magazine contains many book reviews.

www.ala.org/ala/booklist/booklist.htm

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