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Rhyming Picture Books
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Rhyming Picture Books: The Write Way
A Children’s Writer Insider Guide from Mentors for Rent

by Lisa Bullard & Laura Purdie Salas
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Rhyming picture books often become childhood favorites and sometimes bestsellers. But many editors claim they won’t even consider a manuscript in rhyme. So what’s going on? The fact is, these engaging read-alouds appear deceptively simple, but they are actually extremely difficult to write well. Most of the submissions that editors receive are ineffective and not ready for publication—so Bullard and Salas, two writers who have both had rhyming picture books successfully published, put together this practical collection of tips to help other writers with their rhyming stories. The guide may prove helpful for any writer who hopes to make his or her rhyming picture book manuscript more salable.

 

Getting Published: How to Access Editors
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Getting Published: How to Access Editors
A Children’s Writer Insider Guide from Mentors for Rent

by Lisa Bullard & Laura Purdie Salas
Kindle E-Book

Does it seem as if the world of publishing is completely closed to you as a not-yet-published writer? Have you revised and refined your manuscript so that it’s in tiptop shape—but now find yourself mystified about how to get it into the hands of a real-live editor? In this guide, two established children’s book writers offer you practical advice about how you can move one step closer to your dream of being published. Drawn from real-life examples, our wide range of tried-and-true tips and out-of-the-box ideas offer sound advice about how you might access editors—even if you don’t have an agent. You’ll find a multitude of possible approaches that could help you break through the publishing padlocks!

 

Picture Books the Write Way
Kindle E-Book

Picture Books: The Write Way
A Children’s Writer Insider Guide from Mentors for Rent

by Lisa Bullard & Laura Purdie Salas
Kindle E-Book

Over the years, we’ve coached hundreds of other picture book writers, offering them feedback about how they can make their manuscripts stronger and more marketable in today’s competitive publishing environment. There are 10 key concerns that we end up addressing over and over again when we do picture book critiques. Many manuscripts have two or three of these problems in place—and almost every manuscript we critique has at least one of them! So we have focused on those 10 issues in this series of short essays. Each essay highlights one of the 10 key questions you will want to ask yourself about your manuscript. And if you find that your answer is “Yes—that is a problem for me,” we offer easy-to-apply writing tips to help you address that concern in your revisions.

How to Query an Agent or Editor
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How to Query an Agent or Editor
A Children’s Writer Insider Guide from Mentors for Rent

by Lisa Bullard & Laura Purdie Salas
Kindle E-Book, ISBN 978-0-9858970-0-0

This savvy guide offers step-by-step instructions that successfully steer writers who are targeting the children’s or young adult book market through the query-writing process. (And the process is the same for those writing for the adult market, as well. It's just that our examples are drawn from the children’s/young adult publishing world.) Drawing on the combined experience of two working writers who between them have over 160 published children’s books and 43 years working in the publishing industry, it offers a paragraph-by-paragraph outline, online resources, sample letters, and a wealth of real-world experience—all in a friendly, talking-it-over-with-a-friend approach. It’s the place to turn when you want to transform your writing dreams into writing realities!

To learn more, visit Mentors for Rent.
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