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 contest page by clicking HERE. The contest is open to all! First prizes winners in each of our three categories will win a skip-the-slush-pile submission pass for Kelly Delaney, editor at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers. To learn more about Kelly and her wishlist, read below: Kelly Delaney is an Editor at Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, where she acquires and edits books for young readers of all ages. She has a m


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://www.soaring20spb.com/ to learn about our books, our bios, and to access our resources and blog. Many thanks to Rate Your Story, a wonderful resource for children’s writers and illustrators! In this post, several of our authors and illustrators share their favorite writing advice as well as tips for working effectively and staying creative during quarantine. What are some ways you have found to be creative and to work effectivel


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 Milwaukee, WI. That was certainly the start of my writing career, which further developed as I worked in corporate communications for large media and energy companies. In 2001, I founded my own public relations and marketing company, Hyler Communications. I helped clients launch products and services to diverse retailers and companies, such as Schnucks supermarkets, Disney and Nickelodeon. Creatively, I’ve shopped screenplays around Hollywood, wrote numerous short stories and an adult no

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