Authors and Illustrators share children's book publishing information

A Feast for the Eyes (and the tummy!)

Every year, I find that the holiday season seems to creep up on me faster each year. I want to slow down and savor the moments, and the amazing food! I am now home after a week long Northern California road trip up to Santa Cruz, a trip we make every year to feast and celebrate Thanksgiving with...


Lyrical Miracles Make for Magical Books

Long ago, Magician Bill Malone created a magnificent cups and balls routine based on the nursery rhyme “Rub a Dub Dub”. The humorous poem and eye-popping illusions combine to create a routine that has become a classic of magic, enjoyable by all ages. This same outcome is possible in books, when...


It's All About...Ideas

Ideas for children’s books are all around. Sometimes you find and harness them. Other times you may need to kick start the idea avalanche. Being open and receptive to thoughts, visuals, snippets of conversation, children's antics, pets, nature and science, current events, music, art, and just the...


The Fun and Humour of Fear in Children's Picture Books

Happy Halloween, all! It's been a while since my last blog, so I'm delighted to return in time for the spookiest occasion of the year. Trick or treating is a firm favourite with children, and its popularity might in some way explain the universal relationship between fear and fun, something...


Guest Post from former student Jackie Azúa Kramer and video review of Miri Leshem's Scribble

Howdy friends, I love my students and love continuing to help them after they are published. So I have two treats for you today. First up is a video review of Miri Leshem Pelly's Scribble and Author (it's only 5 mins) followed by a Guest Post from the equally wonderful Jackie Azua...



Does the following scenario sound familiar? You write a story. You think, “Wow! This is a fantastic story! I can’t believe my first draft is this good.” Then you read it again the next day. And think, “Wow. This story needs help!” Most manuscripts are truly solidified in the editing process....