Do You Want to be a Children's Book Author or Illustrator? Maybe Both? 

I understand you. I really do! Once my first daughter was born, reading children's books to her became one of my favorite things to do. I was already a gallery artist, and so I thought...maybe I could write and illustrate books, too. It seemed like a perfect fit.

I wrote my first book, sent it out....and the rejections started rolling in. Sure, I received fantastic feedback sometimes, but more often, the answer was "no."  There were a lot of no's. 

But I kept at it. And maybe you should, too. 

If you're new to the children's book world, there are plenty of free resources online and tons of fabulous blogs that will steer you the right way to go. A few of my favorite suggestions: 

Society of Children's Book Writers and Authors

Query Tracker

Anything Art Director Giuseppe Castellano tweets (@pinocastellano)

Manuscript Wish List

Interrobangs by Literary Agent Heather Alexander

But maybe you just want to talk with someone about your plan or need someone with a little experience to suggest ways to get your picture book illustrations in front of the right people. If that's you, one way is to book a call with me using a service called Clarity (the box above). We can talk about things like: 

How do I get my work in front of publishing folks? I've never published anything! 

I've written a picture book text. What do I do about illustrations? 

I have seven picture book manuscripts. Which one do I choose to focus on? 

I wish you the best of luck with your writing!


Please note: I regret that I cannot critique your manuscript or offer agent/publishing advice via email. I receive a lot of these requests and if I answered them all, I would not have time to create new projects! Thanks for understanding.