New Writers:

So you want to write a children’s book? Yay! Generous authors offered me the best advice when I started on this journey. And now I have the honor of passing it on to you!

  • Join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I’m still a member and have learned more than I can say from this smart group of book creators. From finding an agent to craft, SCBWI is a wealth of information.
  • Read some of my favorite books about writing. Carolyn See’s Making a Literary Life: Advice for Writers and other Dreamers, The Elements of Style by E.B. White and William Strunk, Jr. and a book I read at age 16 and still love: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg.
  • And most importantly, write. Right now. Go on, you can do it!