In the Spotlight :: Mary Kole of Kidlit

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    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 … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight with Stephen Mooser, Editor of SCBWI Bulletin

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    When I was first thinking (and dreaming) about writing a children's picture book over three years ago, the owner of a local bookstore told me to join The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Several of the most prestigious children’s literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Advisors. I ended up joining the organization and have attended several of their events.  They offer events where you have the opportunity to have your book reviewed by some of the best editors at the major publishing houses in the country, to top agents.  It was a huge learning curve for me but one I am so glad I embarked on as it helped me to … [Read more...]