Better Get Your Meter Right or You'll Look Like a Neophyte

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 that I believe to be true. “If you’re going to write in rhyme, it’d better be perfect.” Sure, there are stories out there with less-than-perfect rhyme and meter. I’ve pulled books from the shelves, stumbled over lines, and wondered how they ever got published, too. But after querying countless agents and editors with rhyming manuscripts—and finally getting one sold—I have to say I agree. The field is so competitive. If you’re a

Time for a Q&A with Author Lynne Marie!

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 Books, 10/16/2018), Moldilocks and the 3 Scares -- illustrated by David Rodriguez Lorenzo (Sterling, 2019) and her first non-fiction picture book, Let’s Eat! Mealtime Around the World -- illustrated by Parwinder Singh (Beaming Books, 2019) and more forthcoming. Her stories, poems, and folk tales have appeared in many magazine markets, including Family Fun, Highlights, High Five, Spider, Baby Bug and more. When she’s not cruisi

A Special Interview with Agent Adria Goetz!

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 the slush pile with literary agent Adria Goetz at Martin Literary Management! She was kind enough to stop by for an interview to share some fun insight on what she's looking for in a client, what her agenting style is, and some publishing inspiration in general! So, without further ado, here's her wonderful interview! Q: Thanks for visiting with us, Adria! We’re happy to have you and learn a little more about you. We’d love

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