- When should you start growing an audience? (Sooner than you think!)
- Why trust is essential for growing an audience.
- Should your project have its own website?
- The importance of school visits.
- …and Shawna shares her personal tip to avoid overwhelm!
Your guide to the growing world of kidlit and children's book publishing.
In this interview we talk about:
- How an Editor chooses an Illustrator.
- How to approach an Editor at a conference.
- How being an Editor helped Orli become a better writer.
- Why manuscript submissions get rejected.
- Why there are more opportunities in Kidlit now than ever before.
Today in part two we talk about:
- Beginning writer? Learn more on how to get started!
- What makes a great Critique Group – and why you need one.
- Why you should learn to think like an Editor.
- What Jennifer looks for in a writing submission.
- Important things to consider before signing with an Agent.
Jennifer March Soloway is an Associate Agent at the reputable Andrea Brown Literary Agency.
In this interview:
- How to pitch your story to an Agent.
- What’s a query letter? …and how to write one.
- Why it’s important to keep revising, rewriting and resubmitting your story.
- What is the Big Sur Writing Workshop? …and why you should go.
- What do a Toy Inventor Liaison and a Literary Agent have in common?
But is Independent Publishing the best way?
In today’s episode, Mike Sundy, former Pixar crew member and best-selling Children’s Book author talks about:
- Do you really need a big publisher?
- How to market your own independent Children’s Book.
- “Hybrid Publishing” and why you might want to try it.
- How Mike’s IT background influenced his career.
- The pros and cons of Self-Publishing.
But is having an Agent essential for building your career?
In today’s episode, publishing experts Giuseppe Castellano (Art Director: Penguin Random House), Julie Olson (Author/Illustrator: Discover America: From Sea to Shining Sea) and Russ Cox (Author/Illustrator: Far Away Friends) share insights on:
- What makes a good Agent?
- How to find the right Agent for you.
- The difference between Literary Agents and Artist Representatives.
- Why you need to know the business of illustration, no matter what.
- What to do when things don’t work out between you and your Agent.
Hey, friends! We have two exciting OA announcements for you:
1.) We *finally* have a new release date for The DIY Animation Show (Wednesday, December 7th)
2.) Auditions for the next generation of Painting Drama open this month!
To get all the details, listen to the audio announcement via the media player below…
Samantha Kallis is an Art Director at Dreamworks TV Animation Studio, and the illustrator of The Fantastic Frame chapter book series, written by Lin Oliver, Executive Director of SCBWI.
Join us today as we talk about:
- How Social Media (Tumblr and Twitter) landed Sam her first job in animation.
- Pros and Cons of having different art styles in Animation and Kidlit.
- How getting a job in Kidlit is different from Animation.
- Why every Kidlit creator should be on Twitter.
- How Sam became a Tumblr celebrity overnight – true story!
Creative community is vital for kidlit illustrators and authors. In this episode, guest co-host Manelle Oliphant and I talk about:
- How to get the most helpful feedback from your Critique Group.
- Keeping criticism positive with the “Critique Sandwich” technique.
- Digital vs. physical meetups.
- How Critique Groups deepened our understanding of the children’s publishing industry.
- How your Critique Group can help you stay focused on your goals.