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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

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

Creating Your Book’s Title

Have you ever read The Last Man in Europe? How about Fiesta or Trimalchio? Or First Impressions? How about Something That Happened? I bet you have. Those are the original … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Personal Rejection: The Backhanded Compliment of Publishing

Sometimes editors love your book but still can’t publish it. There are two types of rejection letters – the dreaded form letter and the personal rejection letter. The former is … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

Are You Invested in Your Book?

When you finish writing your book, few people will doubt you’re committed to your writing. You’ve spent months or years putting it on paper, and hopefully poured your heart into … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

Publishing Isn’t Struggling for the Reasons You Think It Is

Can the publishing model really be defended? A few weeks ago The New York Times ran an article that said the publishing business is struggling because it fails to take … Continue reading

August 4, 2014 · Leave a comment