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20 Amazing Children's Book Illustrators (and How to Hire Them)

Oct 15, 2020 – Book Design

We all had our favorite children’s book illustrators growing up. From Quentin Blake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory fame to Julia Donaldson of The Gruffalo, the best illustrators not only helped us visualize stories, but also made us fall in love with the sheer possibility of imagination. I... Read more →

How to Get a Book Deal in 2021

Oct 12, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Want to know how to get a book deal? From polishing your writing and crafting a query letter, to securing a literary agent and that ever-desirable contract, the process of selling your book to a publisher is fairly straightforward: you just need to be meticulous, patient, and a little bit lucky. Read more →

20 LGBT Publishers Flying the Rainbow Flag with Pride

Oct 07, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

The LGBTQ+ community has been historically underrepresented in publishing. But with the growth of online books sales and a greater mainstream appetite for diverse characters and stories, there has been a resulting boom in LGBTQ+ books and publishers specializing in this blossoming niche. To help... Read more →

What is NaNoWriMo? And How to Win in 2020

Oct 05, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Ah, fall. Cozy sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and… writing marathons? While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind, for many people that’s exactly what this season signals. Every November, writers all over the world sign up for NaNoWriMo and take the next step in their writing journey... Read more →

How to Self-Publish a Children’s Book: 6 Steps to a Magical Launch

Sep 28, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft, Understanding Publishing

Can’t wait to share your children's book with the world? Use our 6-step guide on how to publish a children's book to help you get there. Read more →

How Long Is a Short Story? All Your Questions Answered!

Sep 22, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

Defining the short story form may seem like a simple task, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. “How long is a short story?” can be a particularly tough question to answer — yes, a short story is short, but how many words does that entail? Moreover, which qualities determine a short story, ... Read more →

Professional Editor: Is Your Book Ready for an Editor?

Sep 21, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

A professional editor is the one collaborator that no author can do without — even blockbuster writers with dozens of publications to their name. While writing the first draft is often a solitary affair, the process of revising a manuscript eventually requires the objective eye of someone who kno... Read more →

What is a Novella (and How to Write One): Tips from an Expert

Sep 09, 2020 – Perfecting your Craft

What is a novella? Well, if you’re struggling to finish a novel, transitioning from short stories, or looking to test-run a book series, then it might just be the answer to your writing prayers! In this post, we’ll show you how to write a novella, how long it should be, how it differs from a nov... Read more →

How to Submit a Manuscript to a Publisher In 5 Simple Steps

Sep 01, 2020 – Understanding Publishing

Scott Pack is an editor, publisher, and author of the book How to Perfect Your Submission. He's here today to shed some light on how to research prospects and perfect your manuscript submission to agents and publishers. Take it away, Scott! As a publisher, I receive a hell of a lot of manuscript ... Read more →

Guide to Book Layout: What Makes a Book More Readable?

Aug 30, 2020 – Book Design

When authors think about book design, the first thing that pops into their heads is usually the cover. We’ll be the first to admit that cover design is incredibly important — but book layout is arguably just as important! Read more →

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