A Marketing Experiment

by Margaret Welwood Working with a new Facebook friend, I found a (free) outlet for some of my poems, and a unique way to market my picture books for children. There Once Was a Singer Named Lil There once was a singer named Lil Whose voice was so utterly shrill, It cracked windows and doors,
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Picture Book Dummy is a Smart Idea

by Margaret Welwood “You mixed up the spaghettis,” announced Coralie (Scissortown artist and spaghetti sorter). I had printed off my story as a Word doc, then cut the text into strips and taped them onto pages of 8” x 8” paper. I then taped the rough line drawings of Coralie’s pictures to the pages. That’s
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Cover Stories

by Margaret Welwood “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is one adage that doesn’t work for young children. So how do we get these powerful little judges on our side? Reading to children is an incredibly rich source of feedback on illustrations, plot, pacing, and wording. Cover artists also do well by offering young
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A Beautiful Idea for Children’s Books Authors

On the surface, it’s a cute story about a duckling who doesn’t want to get wet–until he tries swimming and finds out that he likes it. But I think that for those of us who write books for children, it’s much more than a cute, beautifully illustrated story. Author Susan Lurie says, “I fell in love with this little
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Children’s Book Authors—Agents of Change?

by Margaret Welwood During storytime, kids are especially receptive to lessons that teach values. Stories of kindness will reach their hearts in ways that direct discussions never can. As parents and grandparents, we rightly worry about violence on TV and in movies and games, and its effect on children. As children’s book authors, can we
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