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November 4, 2019

YOUR NEXT GREAT BOOK TOPIC

You’ve probably heard the common writer’s adage, “Write about what you know.” Which is often a good idea. But I’d also add, “and what you’re truly passionate about.”

If you’re interested in a particular topic, your genuine excitement about this...

October 7, 2019

For the past year, my critique group, The Broad Strokes has set aside the first half hour of every meeting to share our favorite new picture books. We fawn over stunning illustrations and beautiful prose, marvel at hilarious new concepts, and dissect each illustrator’s...

October 1, 2019

We'd like to thank everyone who participated in the fourth annual Rate Your Story Awesome Openers Writing Contest. Our judges have spent weeks reading and deliberating over each of the three contest categories. We're excited to finally announce the results. If you'd li...

September 8, 2019

Long, long ago in a galaxy far, far away (it really does feel like another galaxy), I was given a writing assignment in my eighth grade English class at All Saint’s Middle School in Spokane, Washington. I had no idea what to write about.

I still remember sitting at my s...

August 14, 2019

Rhyme.

Everyone says, “Don’t do it.” 

“No one will buy it.”

“No one will rep it.”

And yet many writers are lured in by soothing rhythm of it. The bouncy musicality that lives in wonderful, sing-song stories. There is, however, one piece of advice I heard time and again tha...

August 3, 2019

Lynne Marie is the author of Hedgehog Goes to Kindergarten - illustrated by Anne Kennedy (Scholastic, 2011), Hedgehog's 100th Day of School – illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Scholastic, January 2017), The Star of the Christmas Play -- illustrated by Lorna Hussey (Beaming...

August 3, 2019

It's August and we're officially kicking off our annual Awesome Openers Writing Contest! A portion of the proceeds is going to benefit the charitable organizations  Room to Read and the Ecological Society of America

One of our top prizes this year is a chance to skip...

July 6, 2019

When you first announce a pregnancy or a new birth, the first question most people ask: “Is it a boy or a girl?” This seemingly innocuous question is our brain’s way of classifying information. We immediately begin having images of pink or blue, tea parties or trucks,...

July 6, 2019

Everyone’s writing journey is unique. For many of us, publication is the end goal. Still, there are many ways to reach it. I think it’s important to note that one particular way is not better than the other. We each have to make personal choices regarding how we decide...

June 4, 2019

TIPS & TRICKS FOR ASSEMBLING YOUR OWN #BOOKCREW

This Spring I debuted two new books, both with briny, beachy, boaty themes. LUCY LOVES SHERMAN’S BEACH, a tale of companionship, crustaceans, and a clean-up, splashed out from Sky Pony Press in March. This story is the seq...

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