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How Putting Together a Picture Book Is Like Managing a Baseball Team

When I was a kid, I was passionate about two things: baseball and reading. There were summers where I barely missed a Phillies game on the radio. I either watched … Continue reading

August 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Being Ready for Unexpected Opportunities — Crashing a VIP Party

Will you be ready if a big moment suddenly drops in your lap? Last week, it was announced that the most famous John Briggs in kidlit sold Holiday House, the … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Favorite Writing Advice: Adding Tension to Your Story

One simple idea can give your story much-needed tension. One phrase — one sentence, really — can help most authors make their stories more tense, more dramatic, more gripping. “If … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · 2 Comments

Getting Your Book Published: Labor, Luck or Kismet?

Every time somebody says, “Things happen for a reason,” I say, “Yeah, but it doesn’t have to be a good reason.” I’m not exactly a believer in what you’d call … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Can You Learn More From Fiction Than Nonfiction?

Learning a little something from everything you read. I’ve said it a hundred times if I’ve said it once: “Write what you know, read what you don’t.” Writing what you … Continue reading

April 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

Learning to Write from the Ides of March

In honor of the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, here’s a blog post from a few years (and one month) back.   It’s March 15, the famous Ides of … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hidden Meanings in a Story Every Author Finds

Finding messages and meanings in your story you didn’t know were there. Remember that high school or college English class where a student pointed out some hidden meaning in a … Continue reading

April 14, 2016 · Leave a comment