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An Email From Highlights

Posted on: July 12, 2009

I often get emails about writing like this one. It’s my dream someday to be able to afford the opportunity to attend one of the workshops offered by the Highlights Foundation at:

Editor Stephen Roxburgh’s advice to writers.

The most common problem with submissions I’ve received over the years is that the manuscript is not good enough to warrant general publication. The second most common problem is that the project is not ready to be submitted. This is truly sad because many of those projects have the potential to warrant publication but never get developed because they are submitted prematurely and rejected.

So, how do you determine when a project is ready to go? There are ways, not easy or always reliable, but there are ways. As mother used to say, you only get one chance to make a good first impression, so get it right.

Stephen Roxburgh has been involved with children’s books and publishing for more than thirty-five years, first as an academic, then as senior vice president and publisher, Books for Young Readers, at Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, and as the president and publisher of Front Street Books, a small, independent press he founded on April 1, 1994. In 2004 Front Street was acquired by Boyds Mills Press, where Stephen was publisher until September 2008.

Roxburgh has worked with such authors and artists as Felicia Bond, Nancy Eckholm Burkert, Brock Cole, Carolyn Coman, Roald Dahl, Donna Diamond, Madeleine L’Engle, Martine Leavitt, Patricia McCormick, An Na, Marilyn Nelson, Adam Rapp, Alvin Schwartz, George Selden, Uri Shulevitz, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Garth Williams, and Margot Zemach.

If you’d like to learn more from Stephen, he’ll be teaching Editing for Writers for the Highlights Foundation from September 20-23, 2009. Accepting applications through July 24, 2009.

For more information, visit Please feel free to share this e-mail with others who might find it of interest.


2 Responses to "An Email From Highlights"

Sounds fantastic! Australia seem so far away when I look at this sort of stuff. It’s hardly just a ‘trip into town’! lol.

Looks like it would be great though!


I know. I ;ive in the states and still can’t attend. Maybe

someday we can both go.


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