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A Freebie for You. Plus, Let’s Celebrate Picture Book Month!

From time to time I send out this download to the creatives on my mailing list. ¬†I wrote this download as a blog post ages ago, in response to a wildly common question:How do I know what I'm writing?Say what?The thing is, when it comes to writing books for children, people (especially newbies) get bamboozled. …

How to Connect Deeply with Your Readers

Girl and Duck

When you run an online biz you have to get comfy with REJECTION. You say, I've created this¬†amazing, creative writing community. People say, Maybe later. You say, I wrote this really cool book. People say, Whatevs. You say, I recorded a podcast. People say, I'd rather listen to Frank Sinatra. You say, I bought a new teapot. People say, Oo, pretty! …

How to write a picture book, a novel, a blog post or something else that’s cool.

A few years ago, my friend, muse and partner in crime, Mitch Vane, said, 'Jen, you should write and illustrate your own picture book.' Me? Illustrate? Scoff. Splutter. Blush. I have NO QUALIFICATIONS. I'm not a REAL illustrator. I failed art. (Mostly because I never turned up...) I haven't done 5000 hours of life drawing. …