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Writer's Digest Boot Camp: Publishing Your Children's Book

I am co-hosting a four-day boot camp on all things kid lit! Publishing Your Children's Book: How to Write and Pitch Young Adult, Middle Grade, and Picture Book Manuscripts includes four presentations, Q&A sessions, and a critique.

Children's books—young adult, middle grade, and picture books—have taken over the publishing industry (in a good way). Readers of all ages are devouring the books that used to mainly take up space in libraries, children's bedroom bookshelves, or school classrooms. Now, children's books are celebrated for their enchanting prose, their relatable characters, their beautiful illustrations, and their fantastic stories that transcend age categories and genres. The growth of the children's book sector has been unprecedented this past decade—so how can you make your manuscript stand out in these crowded categories and genres?

Depending on what you want to learn in this boot camp, you can choose to listen to the following webinars: Publishing Picture Books; Publishing Middle Grade; Publishing Young Adult; and Writing Query Letters. Then, you’ll have the chance to submit your query letter + your picture book manuscript or a sample from your middle grade/young adult manuscript’s first chapter for critique. Every critique submission will receive personal feedback from me, Kurestin Armada, or Eric Smith (all literary agents at P.S. Literary Agency).


This program will cover the following topics:

  • What the difference is between the picture book, middle grade, and young adult categories
  • What the biggest genres are in picture books, middle grade, and young adult—and how to decide where your manuscript fits in
  • How to come up with a commercial idea that’s character- and plot-driven
  • How to create engaging characters that agents, editors, and readers will love
  • Where (and where not) to start your story
  • How to inspire kids without writing heavy morals
  • Why rhythm, not rhyming, is the key to success in picture books
  • How visual thinking will improve your picture book manuscript
  • What to highlight in your pitch to sell your book to agents and publishers
  • How to avoid the most common mistakes found in submissions
  • What you can learn from your favorite published children’s books

For more information and to register, visit the official boot camp page by clicking below.

Later Event: July 9
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