"When I was first trying to decide who I wanted to work with, I did quite a bit of research. I didn't want to have to figure out the cover art, and I sure didn't want to have to figure out the conversion, because I'm not a computer genius, I'm a story teller. I was so glad BookBaby was willing to work with me and really listen to my ideas."

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In our February BookBaby Twitter Chat, Lauren Lynne, certified teacher and author of the young adult series The Secret Watchers, shared her thoughts on how to engage kids with reading and the importance of writing in the classroom.

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Research tells us that reading and writing are deeply intertwingled. Engaging kids with reading develops their writing skills, and vice versa. Kids have amazing story ideas in them.

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Have you been itching to break into the children’s literature genre with a book of your own? Good for you! Children’s literacy is an issue that foundations such as the United Way’s Women’s Leadership Council​ and UNICEF have been working tirelessly to improve, and contributing to children’s literature is an admirable way to get involved. But where should you begin? Read on for some quick tips on writing books for children!

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While children's picture books may seem simple, creating a brilliant one is no easy task. How do you make yours smart, engaging, and fun — rather than clichéd, saccharine, and didactic?

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Children’s Book Insider is one of the most trusted names in children’s writing instruction. For over 22 years, they’ve been helping aspiring writers craft compelling manuscripts that will sell in the crowded children’s book marketplace.

Now they’re offering a free eBook called “Writing for Children” which is filled with great advice from top children’s authors!

Here’s just some of what the eBook includes:
 

  • Multi-million selling author Natasha Wing on “What The Heck’s Happening In Picture Books?”   
  • Anastasia Suen — author of more than 135 books — on “The Top 10 Trends in Easy Readers”
  • Newbery Honoree Kirby Larson‘s “Middle Grade – Where We Are, Where We’re Going”
  • Helen Landalf, author of the YA hit “Flyaway” on “What’s Hot in Young Adult”
  • Renowned writing instructor and editor Laura Backes tells us “Don’t Fear the eBook”
  • Karen Robertson, of “The Author’s Guide to Book Apps” on “Children’s Book Apps: An Exciting Opportunity For Writers”                                             

Download the free eBook “Writing for Children” now!

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Things are going well for author Tom Watson. He wrote a book for his kids called Stick Dog Wants a Hamburger. They liked it, so he wrote another, and another, and another. Then he signed up with BookBaby for worldwide distribution.

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