The Joy of Donating from the Heart
Volunteering my artistic talent and works to people, places, hospitals, and daycares in need of children’s art has opened part of my heart that I didn’t know existed. Every little bit does help those who are looking for a little bit of help.
Trailing Joy: My Wish For You
Throughout my posts, I’ve shared my development philosophy and approach, peppering my advice with the useful (and hard) lessons I learned as a neophyte squeezing her way into the publishing industry. Now I’m tasked with the most difficult job of all: distilling the essential lesson of this series!
Random Acts of Reading
We all might want to give a little more to this big, conflicted world of ours. The outcome could bring more personal happiness within ourselves and our families and offer people a chance to connect with each other more. Acts of random kindness may just improve the state of affairs globally. Why not start right here, in this nation, by donating a new or gently-used book to a child in need?
Author Overwhelm: Five Ways You Can Stay Away from Despair
Writing can sometimes feel like a battle of attrition. Day by day, you put words to page, and reality fires back–work issues, family crises, health problems, writer's block! Of course, the rest of your life will always be with you: To build a successful writing career, you need to cultivate habits that make stress manageable.
The Mazza Museum Visits Trinka Hakes Noble!
The Mazza Museum houses the largest collection of children's book art in the world. For the past 20 years, they have sponsored the "Mazza Tour"–visiting artists around the country. This year, CWG was invited along as the Museum visited the studio of artist and writer Trinka Hakes Noble!
4 Steps to Build Your Author Brand
Children's writers and illustrators are often focused on developing a manuscript or portfolio. Having great content is essential to your success. But did you know that your professional "brand" can be just as important?
From Idea to Story
An engaging premise is a crucial ingredient for a good story, but finding one is only the beginning of crafting your narrative. Once you have a great idea, how do you develop it?
Getting the Most from Writers Conferences
Writers conferences can be great opportunities to develop new skills, connections, and friendships. But have you ever thought about how to get the most out of them?
A Checklist for Aspiring Children’s Writers
After seven years of facilitating critique groups and working closely with writers from a variety of genres, I have learned a lot about the steps necessary to achieve success in this very competitive field.