How to Play the Writing Game


Much like brewing the perfect cup or coffee, there’s more than one way to write something and get it published.  You try different methods until one works for you.

So, in an effort to augment my own advice given in this section, below are some other sources for what I think is pretty good guidance from others in the business.  Check back from time to time for additions to the ‘starter kit’ selection below.  And, please email me at if you stumble across a source that you think would be worthwhile to add to this list.

From Rick Rishman, book marketing expert, on the top ten mistakes authors make in the submission process as posted on Kathleen Gage’s ‘Street Smarts Marketing’ blog:

Agent Query bills itself as the website with the largest and most accurate database of literary agents and agencies:

Here’s the information on the resource page that I give to people who approach me at signings.


Resources for Children’s Writers:

Finding an Agent:


Resources for Children’s Illustrators


  • Picture Writing, by Anastasia Suen
  • The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler
  • Story, by Robert McKee
  • Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (updated yearly), edited by Alice Pope
  • The Children’s Writer’s Word Book, by Alijandra Mogilner

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