Category Writing for Children

It’s been an exciting summer!

The Last Blast of Summer

Although we haven’t reached Labor Day weekend, summer time is winding down.  My summer was busy, including:

Author events in paradise. I had the privilege of speaking about the research done for my historical nonfiction title, MOLLY, BY GOLLY!, at  the Marion County Public Library, in Ocala, Florida, in July.  The kids, parents and staff were great.  While in the area, I made stops at the Ocala Barnes and Noble bookstore as well as the B&N in the Villages for story hour appearances. I also did a story hour and signing at my hometown indie, Bookstore1Sarasota, in August.  Thank you, all, for hosting me!

My picture books read aloud on a terrific YouTube channel...

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Pre-Submission Manuscript Checklist for Picture Books


If you can check off the following, you’ve got a winner that’s ready for submission:

  • The title is catchy. It tells just enough about the story between the book covers without ‘tipping your hand’ by revealing any surprise plot twists or the ending itself.
  • The story ‘hits the ground running’. It has a beginning that makes the reader care about the characters and want to read on. It sets up the story’s central premise so the plot can flow naturally from it.
  • The plot makes sense. There are no character inconsistencies or internal logic lapses.
  • There are no mistakes in the punctuation, grammar, or spelling. When a new person talks, it starts on a new line.
  • The five senses are somewhere in the manuscript at least once: sight,...
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