Writing Resources

Here is a list of valuable links, resources, services & events. This is an ever-evolving list, so feel free to visit often to see what's new!

Great first lines. Collection each month 

https://www.sarakruger.com/first-lines/june-2022

 

15 Picture Books that Show vs Tell

 

https://kathymacmillan.com/2020/04/30/15-picture-books-that-demonstrate-show-dont-tell/amp/

 

 Writing Action 

https://www.wordsandpics.org/2018/06/picture-book-focus-dont-skip-scenes.html?m=1

 

Pacing

https://www.wordsandpics.org/2018/07/picture-book-focus-dont-skip-scenes.html?m=1

 

Show Don’t Tell 

https://www.wordsandpics.org/2018/08/picture-book-focus-dont-skip-scenes.html?m=1

 

Quick PB Writing Tips

 

https://twitter.com/vickyweberbooks/status/1574911042961948680?s=21

Cookie Books

 

https://bookroo.com/explore/books/topics/cookies

 

Fun Idea Generator

 

https://mycuprunsover.ca/writing-prompt-generator-kids/

 

Book Printers 

 

https://brookevitale.com/blog/childrens-book-printing-and-offset-printing

 

Lessons from the Critique Pile (Blog Post)

https://www.annalazowskibooks.com/blog/lessons-from-the-critique-pile

 

Pitch examples

 

https://nakisanooraee.com/pitch-examples-pb1/?fbclid=IwAR3vDG3Ct60vIAssugoiogXcEVx3mgAJCFI6Dk9f8DOZ8KflETVXH1tZVs0

 

Pitches #2

 

https://nakisanooraee.com/pitch-examples-pb2/

Writing a Pitch 

 

https://thewingedpen.com/2016/06/03/write-a-killer-kidlit-pitch/

 

Querying 

http://mswishlist.com

 

http://www.manuscriptwishlist.com/find-agentseditors/editors/

 

http://querytracker.net

 

 

Query letters

 

http://www.kidlit411.com/2014/01/query-letters.html?fbclid=IwAR0lbxREUL5Gf_HjjiN7xozEYDXSvDrY8qwR-kCBknDBFSI3cPzOlohmz8s&m=1

https://queryshark.blogspot.com/?m=1

 

 

Writing for Your Audience

Interview with Frances Gilbert - Editor/Author

https://writeforkids.org/blog/meet-frances-gilbert-author-editor-in-chief-doubleday-books-for-young-readers/?fbclid=IwAR0a-x81fA--rdMNMriuZfZFqEBI1bs9NZS_H2taqXZ2mRyhiwE5J2SkqaY

 

 

75 Publishers Accepting Manuscripts 

 

https://bitsykemper.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/over-50-publishers-accepting-unsolicited-picture-book-manuscripts/

 

https://bitsykemper.wordpress.com/blog/

 

https://bitsykemper.wordpress.com/2022/06/29/over-50-publishers-accepting-unsolicited-picture-book-manuscripts/

 

19 Publishers Accepting Manuscripts 

https://writingtipsoasis.com/childrens-picture-book-publishers-accepting-unsolicited-manuscripts/

 

 

Hooks & Fresh Angles

 

https://literallylynnemarie.blogspot.com/2018/08/a-study-of-hooks-and-fresh-angles-in.html?fbclid=IwAR1Vb4DHjjCx4lh4dqTaOdQAB5FxZjxcWPsBWpZU-7WsFA3jXpX8_u-vz5s&m=1

 

 

Genres Explained 

 

http://evalangston.com/2021/08/16/kidlit-genres/

 

 

Lists of Best PB’s

 

https://twitter.com/stephen_briseno/status/1569460179657162752?s=21

 

Best Picture Books 

Subscribe to Susanna Hill’s email list 

This is a great list. Scroll to the bottom & people add books to the excel sheet. 

https://susannahill.com/2022/09/16/perfect-picture-book-friday-i-cannot-draw-a-horse/

 

Keeping Track of Comps

 

https://twitter.com/laduskevich/status/1569746583415037952?s=21

Great first lines. Collection each month 

https://www.sarakruger.com/first-lines/june-2022

 

Show Don’t Tell 

 

https://www.wordsandpics.org/2018/08/picture-book-focus-dont-skip-scenes.html?m=1

15 PB that Show vs Tell

 

https://kathymacmillan.com/2020/04/30/15-picture-books-that-demonstrate-show-dont-tell/amp/

 

 Writing Action 

https://www.wordsandpics.org/2018/06/picture-book-focus-dont-skip-scenes.html?m=1

 

Pacing

 

https://www.wordsandpics.org/2018/07/picture-book-focus-dont-skip-scenes.html?m=1

Books on the Craft

On Writing - Stephen King 

 

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books by Harold D. Underdown

 

Organizations

SCBWI 

SCBWI Long Island chapter

LICWI - Long Island Children’s Writers & Illustrators 

 

Accounts that Host Events
 

Brian Gehrlein 

Manuscript 411 & MS swap

12x12 Julie hedlund 

PBChat 

KidlitTV 

Kidlitchat 

Kidlit411

Cookiepitch

Cookiepitch Book Club - cookiepitch.com

 

Useful Hashtags 

 

kidlit kidlitart picturebooks writingcommunity

 

 

Twitter pitch contests

Use the hastags below to read through prior twitter events. Awesome opportunity to learn which pitches work.

 

Next contests 

Kidlitpitch 

FlipIt

PBPitch 

DVPit 

LatinxPitch

KidlitGN

Cookiepitch for fun.
(You'll find the funniest pitches here.)

 

 

Podcasts

 

Picture Book Summit Podcast

 

https://picturebooksummit.com/podcast-generating-ideas-with-katie-davis/

 

All three episodes: 

Developing, Generating & Assessing Ideas 

 

https://picturebooksummit.com/podcast-developing-ideas-with-emma-walton-hamilton/

 

Kidlit411 Manuscript Swap 

Facebook Group 

 

Kidlit411 website 

Editorial Services