A few years ago I was introduced to Mary Kole at a Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators function. She had just graduated from college and was working as an Associate Agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Mary spoke to a room of children’s writers about the children’s book industry and what changes she saw within the industry and what we could do to get our work noticed and published. She was very dynamic and you could tell she was going places! Fast forward a couple years, and she now runs a website Kidlit.com that has inspired thousands of aspiring writers with articles on the writing craft and getting published. Writer’s Digest named one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” every year since its inception in 2009, and her success online led to a book on the art of writing novels for teens: WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT, out now from Writer’s Digest Books. (Purchase it from Amazon or from the Writer’s Digest Shop.) Her webinars for Writer’s Digest and various appearances at writer’s conferences and events (from Japan to South Dakota!) have reached thousands more writers in person. (Source: Kidlit.com).
I had a chance to speak to Mary about the children’s book industry and what aspiring authors can do to get published. She provides some great resources and take a moment to check out her services if you are in the need of editorial assistance with any of your work.
What are some mistakes children’s writers make and what are some suggestions you have for newbies?
Why did you decide to start offering editorial services and why is a good query letter so important?
Any news you want to share with Penelope’s mates?