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Friday, May 23, 2014

All About Picture Books

Thanks to those who came out last night to hear me talk about picture books. here's most of the reference I spoke about. Feel free to e-mail be questions at kidlitcoach (at) gmail (dot) com or stacy (at) stacymcanulty (dot) com.
Thanks again!

• $$ Society of Children Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) : Paid membership. Great information and conferences. A must for serious kid lit writers.
• Accelerated Reader (AR) Book Finder : Useful for looking up word count in select books.
• Author Tara Lazar : This is specifically about layout but play around because she has other great info and she runs NaPiBoIdMo in November.
• $$ Julie Hedlund 12x12 : A year-long challenge to write 1 PB per month. Offers access to agents and has an active FB page
• $$ The Children’s Book Academy : Offers classes for writers and illustrators.
• $$ Gotham Writers : Offers classes in all things related to writing. Has some great teachers.
• $$ The Highlights Foundation : Excellent retreats! Highly recommended.
• $$ Lulu : A company for those looking to self-publish (print on demand).
• $$ Brenda Novak Auction : Offers access to editors, authors, and agents through the auction. Only in May. Can be pricey.
• Twitter : Use hashtags to find information such as #iamwriting #pitchmadness and follow agents, editors, and authors. @brendadrake does a lot for writers.
• Agent Query : Information on this site is supplied by the agents. May or may not be up-to-date.
• Query Tracker : Fairly up-to-date info on agents and publishers. Fellow authors post lots of helpful information.
• $$ Writers Market : A paid website and may also be available in book form. 2014 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market
• $$ Big Sur Writing Workshop : Spend the weekend with a group of agents from the Andrea Brown Agency. Great access to great agents, but very competitive and expensive.
• $$ Xuni Website Design : Designs great websites for authors.


  1. Thanks for this, Stacy. There are about 3 or 4 links I didn't have! And I'm sure everyone loved your talk about picture books :)

  2. Great list Stacy! Several writers formed a new website this year called It has TONS of info in one place. It's my go to site for information now.