1. Click here to download the Onomatopoeia Book
Kristen Fulton, Marcie Flinchum Atkins, Tanja Bauerle, Margaret Chiu Greanias, Sue Frye, Christine Irvin, Elaine Kiely Kearns, Sabrina Marchal, Joanna Marple, Yvonne Mes, Saba Negash, Susan Rankin-Pollard, Teresa Robeson, Robyn Campbell and Donna L. Sadd
2. Josh Funke’s Guide to Writing Picture Books – in 12 easy lessons from idea generation to querying.
3. A go-to site for writing, illustrating and publishing Children’s Books is Purple Crayon by Harold Underdown.
5. If Non fiction picture books are your thing, then take a look at Kristen Fullton’s site – Explore Nonfiction.
6. My favorite Young Adult literature site is – http://www.adventuresinyapublishing.com/.
8. For all things about diversity in children’s literature, go to – WeNeedDiverseBooks.com
9. Querytracker.net is a great tool when you start querying.
10. I wish I didn’t have to recommend these sites, but there sharks out there and to help you navigate the waters, I would recommend you always research agents, editors, publishers, awards, competitions etc well before signing any contracts or submitting your work. To help you, I would suggest checking out Preditors & Editors and Writer Beware.
11. ALL writers and illustrators for children should join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators– SCBWI. There are local chapters all over the world.
12. If you are looking for professional editing, I would highly recommend editor Emma D Dryden of drydenbooks, bestselling author Emma Walton Hamilton, and author and editor Harold Underdown and author and editor Lorin Oberweger at Free Expressions.
13. If you are just starting to write picture books, there are four online courses I would highly recommend: Picture Book Magic by Susanna Leonard Hill, Just Write for Kids by Emma Walton Hamilton, Pacing Picture Books to Wow by agent Jodell Sadler and hopefully Harold Underdown and Eileen Robinson will offer another six week webinar called Revising and Re-imaging your Picture Book Manuscript.
14. If you need someone to write a Common Core friendly teacher’s guide for one of your books, don’t hesitate to approach Marcie Colleen.
15. Wanting to understand using mentor texts better in your writing? check out teacher and author, Marcie Finchkum Atkins’ website.
16. If writing picture books is your focus, I can’t say enough about joining Julie F Hedlund’s 12×12 community, committed to helping you write (and start to revise) 12 picture books in 12 months.
19. Not many editors blog, but one who does and who writes very savvy articles is Cheryl Klein at Brooklyn Arden.
20. If the promotional and platform-building side of writing is terrifying you, may I suggest you look at the services and resources offered by author and entrepreneur, Katie Davis.
21. For YA and MG novelists, agent Jill Corcoran and author Martha Alderson offer a video series called PLOTWRIMO, Revise Your Novel in a Month, which I found a great revising AND plotting tool.
22. If you are looking for a great compilation of picture books for classroom/teaching use, then look no further than a list of several hundred curated on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog under Perfect Picture Books, for which I contribute a recommendation each Friday.