In the Spotlight: Jon Bard of the Children’s Book Insider


The Children's Book Insider (CBI) and The Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)  have both played a role in helping me to realize my dream of publishing a children's picture  book.  Both offer wonderful advice and suggestions to help writers along their sometimes lonesome and frustrating  journey of getting published. The Children's Book Insider (CBI) website and newsletter offers fantastic tips from experts in the industry such as Karen Robertson of Treasure Kai.  I had a chance to speak to Jon Bard who started the Children's Book Insider with his wife, Laura Backes.  Tell us how you became the Editor at CBI? We're a family business.  When I met my wife (and partner) Laura, she was a children's literary agent in NYC.  I owned a PR firm.  She loved children's books, but wasn't crazy about agenting.  I was about done with PR. Whenever someone found out what … [Read more...]

Celebrate the Love of Reading and Writing with the Children’s Book Insider Giveaway!


We are so excited to be celebrating the love of reading and writing with the Founders of the Children's Book Insider - Jon Bard and Laura Backes - at our Facebook Party August 13th at 5:30 pm PST!  These two started the Children's Book Insider some years ago because they felt there was a real need for writers to have a meeting point and provide some advice, suggestions and even offer some cheerleading to continue on with their dream of publishing a children's book.  They have a panel of experts who provide great posts about the industry.  I have found their site and newsletter to be very helpful and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to pursue their lifelong dream of writing a book!  Look for my interview with Mr. Bard this coming week.  Now for the goodies!  Boy, we have some great friends who have donated some really fantastic prizes including promo codes for apps and … [Read more...]