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Ask an Editor: Rhyming Picture Book, featuring Renee LaTulippe

Some insightful thoughts in writing picture books in rhyme…

Kite Tales

“Ask an Editor” is a forum wherein SCBWI members submit questions that are answered as part of our quarterly Kite Tales blog. This month, we feature a guest host, Renée M. LaTulippe, children’s poet, freelance editor, and founder/teacher of The Lyrical Language Lab

Dear Editor – I’ve written a rhyming picture book, but now that I’m starting to search for an agent it seems a lot of them don’t want rhyming picture books. What should I do?

 —Sam, Los Angeles

Dear Sam:

This is a question that gets a lot of airtime in kidlit writer circles, and for good reason. After all, we can all see how many rhyming picture books come into the world each year, so someone is writing and selling and publishing them, right? Seeing so many agents and publishers put up “No Rhyme Allowed” signs on their clubhouse doors is frustrating indeed.

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Book Signing!

Looking for a great holiday gift for a little one in your life? Join me on Saturday, December 8 at Red Rock Books in Ridgecrest, CA.

From 1:00-3:00, I’ll be reading and signing copies of my latest book, MOTHER EARTH’S LULLABY: A SONG FOR ENDANGERED ANIMALS (illustrated by the fabulous Carol Heyer–whom I owe an apology to for adding a Santa Hat to her adorable wolf pup on the cover). A fun time is guaranteed!

And books! Did I mention ALL the books? Terrific gifts for kids of all ages! I hope to see you there! But if you can’t make it, you can always order books from www.indiebound.org. (isn’t that what we all do?)

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The Holidays Are Approaching…

…and what better gift to give than a book. Books shape minds, give people an escape, give us something to talk about and who doesn’t have a book in their heart that has stayed with them long after childhood?

This is why I’m so excited to see Mother Earth’s Lullaby listed on Word Spelunking’s Holiday Gift Guide. The list is populated with some outstanding children’s books and authors (J. Patrick Lewis, Jane Yolen, Robert Sabuda, to name a few). Check it out for some great gift ideas!

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How Much Money Does a Writer Make? [2017]

Non-writers who are thinking about writing often ask me if children’s writers make much money. Once again, Laura Purdie Salas shares her own personal experience with this. Enjoy!

Mentors for Rent

Howdy, writers! First, my annual disclaimer:

If you think it’s impolite to talk about finances, skip this article!

Dollar_SignSo, one question aspiring writers often ask is, “Can I make a living at this?” It’s not a matter of greed, but of necessity. So many of dream of making a living doing what we love. But there’s little reliable information out there about what writers make. That’s partly because writer incomes vary so greatly, and partly because writers tend to be private about their incomes. Those doing very well probably don’t want to brag. Those making very little might feel embarrassed. Those of us in the middle might just be adhering to societal norms of not speaking about money. Luckily, I don’t care about societal norms:>)

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‘Tis the Season…

…for holiday gifts! For those of you still looking for great books for babies and young children, please check out my SCBWI Bookstop pages. (this is the last post I’ll make about them, I promise!)

For babies, toddlers and moms, a board book that expresses a mother’s love for her child that’s as grand as nature itself, MAMA LOVES YOU SO.

For preschoolers and K-1 kids who love nature science, visit this beautiful garden, MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN.

Happy Holidays!