Editor's Blog November 2007

Nov 22, 2007, Two wonderful opportunities

for those interested in writing and publishing

children's books



Next summer, July 14-18, 2008, we proudly will present the Sixth Oregon Coast Children's Book Writers Workshop www.occbww.com in the exquisite Oregon coast town of Oceanside. The instructors will be five authors, David Greenberg, David Gifaldi, Esther Hershenhorn, Tom Birdseye, and Mel Boring, one children's book agent, Susan Cohen (Writers House), and two children's book editors, Harold Underdown (who has worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge and who is author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Children's Book Publishing), and Stacy Graham (editor at Houghton Mifflin Books for Children). Summer Workshop 2008 promises to be our best yet because

  • The instructor-student ratio will be a maximum of one to six,
  • We will have five author-instructors (specializing in novels, picture books, non-fiction, and poetry), one children's book agent-instructor, and two editor-instructors,
  • Each day, you will meet with an instructor for at least one comprehensive consultation, and
  • We will offer at least twelve instructional lectures on various aspects of writing and publishing.
  • There will also be guest lecturers

If you are ambitious to publish a children's book (or simply adore children's books), this is the workshop for you. One of our 2003 students, Maureen Hoessle, has just had her first book published: Under Three Flags, Exploring Early St. Louis History. She credits our workshop for helping to make this happen. Three other authors from our past workshops have signed with Susan Cohen, our agent-instructor, who is actively representing their work.

The course is available for graduate credit.

For complete information, including reviews from last summer's attendees, we welcome you to visit our website at www.occbww.com

If you're interested in joining, the class fills up rather quickly, so you should probably register fairly soon.


Children's Book Manuscript Advisors www.cbmadvisors.com will enable you to work one-on-one with a published children's book author who will

  • Help polish your manuscript before submitting it to a publisher,
  • Help edit your manuscript extensively to bring out its full potential,
  • Advise you on current trends in publishing and how best to market your project, or
  • Work with you from inception to completion of a manuscript to enhance its chance of success.

Our Author-Advisors have already helped many aspiring writers with picture book manuscripts, novels, and poetry projects. The consults have ranged from simple one-hour question-answer sessions to extensive in-depth manuscript work. So, this is an opportunity to receive experienced counsel and instruction from professionals in the children's book writing business. Your needs may range from small questions regarding a project to advice on all aspects of a manuscript from concept to completion. Children's Book Manuscript Advisors will customize your course according to these needs. And, if you wish, depending on the program created, you may receive graduate credit. Please visit our site at www.cbmadvisors.com for particulars.

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Nov 4, 2007, Rules For A Writing Group

Rules for a writing group help the group to run smoothly. Use the example of rules here to write your own.

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