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Another Opportunity to Improve One’s Writing.

Posted on: July 15, 2009


Me at Hats Off To Women Celebration

Me at Hats Off To Women Celebration

“There is no other collection so motivating as well as revealing as First-Time Authors.  It’s a fascinating opportunity for any emerging writer.” 

-Kent Brown, Editor-in-Chief of Highlights for Children



Dear  Peg,

The reaction to the book has been electric.  New writers and veteran editors alike have been singing its praises.

First-Time Authors is an exciting compilation of fiction and nonfiction from new authors.  The stories behind the stories that follow each section are enlightening, showing how writers draw on their own interests and experiences to create stories that clearly engage young readers.  First-Time Authors is a book to get lost in and learn from.” 

-Deborah Vetter, Senior Contributing Editor of Cricket, Executive Editor of Cicada, and Editor of Cricket Books

“Writers waiting for that thrilling first acceptance will gain both inspiration and insight by studying the selections together with the comments from authors and editors.  First-Time Authors is a valuable inside view into how being published really happens.”

-Paula Morrow, Publisher of Boxing Day Books

“What a delightful book!  Full of joy and solid advice.  Raises the shade on the editor’s door and gives writers a look at what really goes into those decisions to accept (or–sob!–reject) a manuscript.  Excellent author insights.  A motivational must-read for any children’s writer dreaming of bylines and bucks!”

-MaryLou Carney, Author, formerly Editor of Guideposts for Kids 

See for yourself why Linda Boutilier, from Kensington, PE, Canada, wrote to us to say, “I just received First-Time Authors, and I’m enjoying reading the imaginative and creative stories.  I’m sure these stories will give me the courage to continue with my writing and one day have it published.”

Please read on.  I think you will be happy you did.


Pamela Kelly, Editor-in-Chief


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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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July 2009

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My Favorites:

I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold


Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

Favorite Quotes.

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