August 2, 2020

So… you want to write a manuscript that’s as strong as can be? You want your manuscript to fight the good fight in today’s competitive market? Well then...


Layering can bump a manuscript from good to FANTASTIC!

In my Rosie the dragon and Charlie ser...

July 13, 2020

We're excited to announce the 2020 Annual Rate Your Story Awesome Openers Writing Contest will be open for submissions starting August 1st! *Please note: submissions received before August 1st will not be accepted. To read all of the contest details please visit our co...

The Soaring ‘20s is a group of authors and illustrators who have come together to support each other as we debut picture books in 2020 (and in some cases, 2021). You can find us on Twitter (@Soaring20sPB) and Instagram (Soaring20sPB). Check out our website at https://w...

July 7, 2020

I’ve taken many leaps throughout my career, confident that at the right moment, the net will appear.


I started my career as a radio news journalist (with NPR affiliate, WUWM and ABC affiliate, WISN), both in M...

June 4, 2020

As a child, I was one of Mister Rogers’ television neighbors. He was a companion and a storyteller. He made a point to illuminate the arts, show how things were made, and address challenging topics. I felt good when I was in his presence.

Mister Rogers knew how to speak...

May 3, 2020

 Enter the Rafflecopter above for your chance to win a copy of Rebecca's debut, After The Rain. *Winner must be located in the US. 

On June 7th, 2018, I received the email that every aspiring author longs to receive:

Thank you for sending us 'THE GUTTER'. We love i...

April 3, 2020

When I first signed up to write this blog post six months ago, I was expecting I’d write about something totally different. I thought I’d talk about writing tips and tricks, or the power of critique groups, or even talk about my upcoming book launch party for Rex the…W...

March 2, 2020

I grew up with nursery rhymes, and although many see them as outdated, they are helpful for language acquisition and encourage children’s speech development. The verses are made up of patterns, they have a rhyme scheme, a specific meter, lots of repetition and they emb...

February 4, 2020

When you’re sitting alone with a piece of paper or a computer screen, writing can seem like a solitary business.

But while the act of writing is solitary, the business part of our profession is not. A beautiful book has many parents, the skills of an editor, art designe...

February 4, 2020

We are thrilled to be hosting literary agent Mary Cummings of Betsy Amster Lit on our blog this month. Scroll down for Mary's interview and your chance to win a "skip the slush pile" query pass.


Hi, Mary! Thank you for joining us. Can you tell us about how you got int...

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