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A Second Pair of Eyes

Second Pair of Eyes

By Ginny Rogers If you’re a writer, you’ve probably seen discussions on social media that argue about the value of editors. Some people (mostly editors) maintain that writers can’t edit their own work; others (mostly writers) steadfastly insist that editing is part of the writing process and they have no need for somebody to clean …

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The Editor Within

By Ginny Rogers Writing is a passionate expression, isn’t it? You pour out your thoughts, your dreams, your ideas, your hopes, spilling them all out onto paper for the world to see. And then some cheeky editor comes along and shreds your beautiful manuscript, convinced that she knows better than you what is in your …

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How to Promote Your Children’s Book

Lisa Balthazar Book Editing Associates After you’ve written a children’s book, you have to sell it — you didn’t spend all that time and effort just to entertain yourself, did you? Try to accomplish one of the following tasks each week to help your labor of love blossom to life in the marketplace: Add new …

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Writers’ Conferences

children's book editor Marlo Garner

By Marlo Garner, Children’s Book Editor It’s that time of year when many of my writer and illustrator friends and I are deep in preparation for what many of us consider the highlight our creative year—our regional Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) conference. As an aside, if you’re serious about writing for kids—if …

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Show Kids, Don’t Tell Them

By Marlo Garner One of the most important tenets of good writing you’ll ever employ is the “Show, don’t tell” rule. Basically put, writing has more power, creates more interest, and better engages readers when you let them draw their own conclusions. Showing allows the reader to experience the story through what they observe including …

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How to Format a Picture Book Manuscript for Publishers

  By Marlo Garner When submitting to traditional publishers or literary agents, presenting your manuscript professionally is extremely important. Attention to proper formatting will help your submission stand out from the tens of thousands of other submissions that are less well—or downright poorly—formatted. Proper formatting not only makes your work more professional, it shows an …

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What’s Wrong with My Picture Book Text?!

by Marlo Garner Illustrator, Proofreader, Children’s Book Editor You just can’t quite put your finger on it. You’ve written and rewritten and revised and tweaked and proofed. You’ve fabulous, well-rounded characters, the language sings, and the hilarious gags only underline the importance and depth of your theme. You had some POV issues, but you’ve fixed …

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Why You Need a Children’s Picture Book Editor

By Marlo Garner, Children’s Book Editor ChildrensBookEditors.com Book Editing Associates Editing-Writing.com You’ve always wanted to do it, and now you finally have. It’s an exhilarating, wonderful feeling, and you have every reason to feel proud. You’ve written that children’s picture book—and you’re fired up and ready to publish. But stop. Before you slip your manuscript …

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“What’s Wrong with My Story?” Part 2.

By Marlo Garner The most common narrative mistakes I see include: Stories that start in one place with one problem, then continue and/or end in a completely different place with quite a different problem solved. A story about a quest for a friend suddenly becomes a story about dealing with a bully. The protagonist changes …

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“What’s Wrong With My Story?” Part 1

by Marlo Garner You just can’t quite put your finger on it. Something’s not right about your picture book text. You’ve written and rewritten, revised and tweaked. You have fabulous, well-rounded characters, the language sings, and the hilarious gags only underline the importance and depth of your theme. You had some POV issues, but you’ve …

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