Saturday, January 23, 2016


Do we really know what it is like to be another race or age or gender? Can we write with credibility? Can we convey to the artists of picture books the reality unless they, too, are experienced or sensitive? This issue came to the fore this week in a series of lectures from New York called Listening for a Change and a controversy over a book called A Birthday Cake for George Washington.

Read more here.

More conversations will follow!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

increase output

Besides my marvelous critique groups, the best encouragement for writing picture books is The 12x12 Picture Book Challenge.

Cooperative critiques, encouraging articles, tons of agent and editors inside information. I am sure I did not get 1/2 of what was offered last year, but I did write 17 picture books - probably 10 more than I would have! I signed up again, at the Shel Silverstein level.

If you are interested open enrollment is NOW.


Friday, January 8, 2016

e-mail queries to agents

Since most of our queries are e mail now - here are some (I should have known that) tips!