Meet Nic Stone, Debut Author of Bestselling Novel ‘Dear Martin’

Nic Stone’s poignant and timely Dear Martin hit the ground running on Amazon this past week, trending #1 in the YA literature category. A student of Jodi Picoult, Stone crafted what reviewers are calling a “gripping” tale that is loosely based on recent events surrounding the shooting deaths of unarmed black teens. The book, which tells the story of a young man who begins a journal of letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after he is racially profiled, is touching hearts and stirring conversation in light of current events and America’s contentious political landscape. Here, we talk with Stone about the book, her process and her advice for writers.

 

interview by J.D. Myall

What was your life like, pre-book? 

I’ve done a lot of different things. I went to college in Georgia Tech and hated it. My major was international affairs … I dropped out. I, like, decided I was going to try to become a model. I did a pageant. I eventually transferred to Spellman. After Spellman, I traveled and worked. I worked in West Palm Beach. I managed a formal gown store—that was fun, because it was during prom season. I went to Israel for the summer. I went to find God, and I met this guy. I eventually married him. I was a tour operator in Israel. I designed Holy Land tours. Then, I had a baby, and I was mothering and writing.

What is something about you that people would be shocked to find out?

I was a cheerleader, and I was also my school’s mascot. The mascot was a big, burly dude-type character, so that was fun.

Favorite writers as a child?

I loved Judy Bloom, and the Encyclopedia Brown books by Donald J. Sobol.

Is there a book that inspired you to be a writer or that has a particular influence on the characters you create today?

The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides. This was the first book that I picked up in my life where I felt like I understood the characters and the characters understood me. It was the strangest thing, because this was a book about five white girls that live in this very white world. They were sisters that committed suicide during the course of one year. It’s super morbid, and it’s really dark. When you’re sixteen and full of angst and you want the protection of your parents but you’d never admit it … you’ll understand this book. I was a teenager and I was like, “I get this book and it gets me.” It was kind of a coming of age story. It opened my eyes to the possibility of fiction involving teenagers. My debut novel is about a teen.

Tell us about this novel. What is the genre? What’s the release information?

Y.A. Literary. The publisher is Crown Books for Young Readers. It’s a Random House Imprint. The book [was] released on October 17th.

Describe this novel, Dear Martin.

It’s about a 17-year-old African-American boy grappling with his place in the world. He’s a good kid that gets racially profiled one night while trying to help his drunk ex-girlfriend get home without driving. As a result of the profiling experience, he starts a journal of letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Basically, he’s trying to see if Dr. King’s teachings can work in modern America.

Where do you write from, home or a coffee shop?

Honestly, whenever I can. Most of Dear Martin was written in my bedroom at home. Like, actually on my bed. Most of my second book was written at Starbucks.

Tell me the story behind the story. How did Dear Martin come to be?

I was in Israel when Trayvon Martin was killed. And so I heard about it, but there was a distance there, because of the ocean. My new life and geographical distances made a bit of an emotional distance. I came back shortly after the death of Jordan Davis, who was killed in the parking lot of a convenience store, basically after an argument over loud music. That story hit me really hard, because by that point I had a five-month old little boy. All of it together just got under my skin. My father was a police officer. I saw them as heroes, as somebody there to protect me. So for a police officer to kill a child who was unarmed was really jarring. Then, the Black Lives Matter protests kicked off. I kept seeing all these misused or misappropriated quotes of Dr. King used to put him in opposition to Black Lives Matter. That didn’t set well with me. I started to wonder, What would Dr. King have to say now? I wanted to address the notion that Dr. King would be opposed to non-violent protest. I started to explore these questions. After all of Dr. King’s hard work and the work of Joe Lewis, Rosa Parks and some of the lesser-known heroes of the civil rights movement … I wondered, What would they have to say now? I have a son, so I tried to imagine what he may face in his future. So I made this character that asked the question, “What would Dr. King do if he was alive in the 21st century?”

How long did it take to write?

This is a fun story. It sold on proposal. Then, I had the first draft done in seven weeks. I spent nearly two months almost sobbing in tears or raging as I researched and wrote. Then, we worked it and reworked it. Overall, from the time it sold to the time we got it completely finished, it was about two years.

How did you get your agent?

My first agent I got through my mentor, Jodi Picoult. Jodi came to Spellman. I met her there when she came to interview the president of the college. She was researching Small Great Things. She is a master of research. She taught me how to research. I helped with her book. She introduced me to her agent. However, her agent had never worked with YA before, so we eventually parted ways. My second, and current, agent, Rena Rossner, I found through the querying process.


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How did you cope with rejection during the querying process?

I kept writing.

What were your biggest learning experiences or surprises throughout the publishing journey?

The surprise was how long it took. It takes a long time. Learning the process—the marketing, the other books the big publishers are working on, the turnover. It’s exciting and surprising. It’s super slow on the back end … but when you’re launching things go super fast.

Looking back, what do you think you did right that helped you break in?

I kept working. This was my third book. We submitted a different book to the editor that bought Dear Martin on proposal. She liked my style, but she wasn’t completely sold on the story we presented her. So we submitted a proposal for Dear Martin—and she bought that.

Is there anything you wish you could do differently?

No. Looking back, I can see how the past has lead me to where I am now. I am thrilled. I learned a lot from the books I have written. I have a few novels that may or may not be published, and I have two books being published. Through it all, I learned a lot about writing. I’m getting a lot of support and a good marketing push. I am happy.

Hardest sentence to write: first or last?

Neither. It’s all the stuff in the middle. I know the first line before I start, and I know how I want it to end, too, so the middle is the most work. You want to foreshadow without having spoilers.

What is the most important part of a novel: plot, characters, or setting?

Characters. I hope my books read that way.

How do you know when a novel is finished?

When I write the end.

Best advice you have heard on writing?

In high school, a teacher told me to write like a reader and read like a writer. I also love a Toni Morrison quote: “The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power. “

Any advice for aspiring writers?

Keep writing. Hone your skill. Figure out how you work best. Most people I know didn’t get their first books published. Some didn’t get their first four books published. You have to keep writing if your goal is to be novelist. Even while you’re on submission, or even while you’re getting rejections, keep writing. Maybe your first book won’t get published, maybe your second will, or your fourth. Just keep writing.

What’s up next for you?

Dear Martin [came] out October 17th. I am writing a middle grade novel about a little black boy on a road trip with his white grandmother, but the road trip isn’t what he thinks it is. It’s gonna be a great read. I also have a trilogy of novellas coming out a year from now. It’s about three friends trying to grapple with sexuality, romance, friendship, and things like that. It’s about two girls and a boy, but it’s not your typical love triangle. The girls are trying to figure out how they feel about each other, too. That book will be out next year, but we haven’t released the title. It’s super messy, and I love it.

How can people connect with you?

On my website, nicstone.info, or on Twitter @getnicced.


J.D. Myall is a self-proclaimed literary lunatic, crazy about reading and writing is like breathing to her. Myall earned her BA in criminal justice from West Chester University, and has worked as a counselor for crime victims, addicts and the mentally ill. She is currently co-writing Crimson Reign, an exploration of race and class tucked neatly inside a feminist fairy-tale for the modern age. For more info. go to http://www.jdmyallbooks.com


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Call for Submissions: 2019 Poet’s Market

It’s that time of year again. The new 2018 Poet’s Market is on bookshelves, which means it’s time for me to start figuring out the 2019 Poet’s Market–and I need your help!

Running until 11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, Georgia time) on November 26, 2017, I’ll be accepting pitches for articles in the 2019 Poet’s Market. Sometime soon after, I’ll start making assignments. If you’re interested in pitching an article idea or three, read on.

What I Like

For the Poet’s Market book, I’m interested in instructional articles for the following three categories:

  • Craft of Poetry. Articles on creation, revision, meter, etc.
  • Business of Poetry. Articles on submitting poems, reading poems, etc.
  • Promotion of Poetry. Articles on finding and connecting with readers.

If you have something outside these areas, feel free to pitch that too. If interested, I’m sure I can slot it into one of these sections. Feel encouraged to take chances.

One note: I’m not interested in folks pitching interviews with poets (unless there’s a unique angle). The reason for this is that I often interview poets myself.

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Order the new Poet’s Market!

The new 2018 Poet’s Market, edited by Robert Lee Brewer, includes hundreds of poetry markets, including listings for poetry publications, publishers, contests, and more! With names, contact information, and submission tips, poets can find the right markets for their poetry and achieve more publication success than ever before.

In addition to the listings, there are articles on the craft, business, and promotion of poetry–so that poets can learn the ins and outs of writing poetry and seeking publication. Plus, it includes a one-year subscription to the poetry-related information on WritersMarket.com. All in all, it’s the best resource for poets looking to secure publication.

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How to Submit Articles

Here are some guidelines on submitting articles:

  • Submit your pitch via e-mail in the body of the e-mail. I don’t like attachments.
  • Send your pitch to robert.brewer@fwmedia.com with the subject line: 2019 Poet’s Market Pitch
  • Begin with your pitch (or pitches) BEFORE introducing yourself through your bio. While you may have an impressive bio, I’m most interested in your article idea(s).
  • If you have more than one pitch, include them all in one e-mail. My inbox is crowded; please avoid sending me several e-mail messages (even if you spot a typo in your pitch after sending).
  • Deadline: November 26, 2017–11:59 p.m. (Atlanta, GA time).

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Robert Lee Brewer is Senior Content Editor of the Writer’s Digest Writing Community and author of the poetry collection, Solving the World’s Problems (Press 53). Follow him on Twitter @robertleebrewer.

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The Shadow

Yorick, is that you?

Halloween is easily my favorite holiday of the year, so I’ve started celebrating a bit early with a spine-tingling writing prompt. (By the way, I’ve just acquired my Frodo costume for the literary-themed Halloween party at the Writer’s Digest Novel Writing Conference. Will I meet you there?)

The Prompt: Dampness lingers in the midnight air. Nearby, an unidentifiable sound pricks at your nerves, repeating every few seconds. Your breath catches in your throat as a long shadow cleaves through the light spilling from a street lamp just around the corner ahead of you. You consider turning back. … What happens next?



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IELTS test in Hungary – October 2017 (General Training)

Our friend T took the IELTS test in Hungary and remembered the following information:

Listening testIELTS test in Hungary

Section 1. Discussion with an apartment owner.

Section 2. Description of holiday park facilities and surroundings.

Section 3. About students graduation process.

Section 4. A lecture about building materials and their deterioration.

Reading test

Passage 1. About Australian parrots.

Passage 2. About desertification.

Passage 3. Don’t remember.

Passage 4. About multitasking, its pros and cons.

Writing test

Writing task 1 (a letter)

You have borrowed something from your friend for a party and unfortunately it was damaged. Write a letter to your friend to apologise and say

– What and when did you borrow?
– What happened to it? Why?
– What do you suggest to do about it?

Writing Task 2 (an essay)

Nowadays congestion and traffic jams are a common and major problem in most cities. Some people believe it is a good idea to construct wider roads to resolve this issue. Do you agree or disagree with this statement? What can be the solution, in your opinion?

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Agent Spotlight: Jennifer Chen Tran of Bradford Literary

Reminder: New literary agents are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list. While Jennifer Chen Tran is not a new literary agent, she is still actively seeking new clients.

About Jennifer: Jennifer Chen Tran is an agent at Bradford Literary, joining in September 2017. She represents both fiction and non-fiction. Originally from New York, Jennifer is a lifelong reader and experienced member of the publishing industry. Prior to joining Bradford Literary, she was an Associate Agent at Fuse Literary and served as Counsel at The New Press. She obtained her Juris Doctor from Northeastern School of Law in Boston, MA, and a Bachelors of Arts in English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jennifer understands the importance of negotiation in securing rights on behalf of her authors. She counsels her clients on how to expand their platforms, improve on craft, and works collaboratively with her clients throughout the editorial and publication process. Her ultimate goal is to work in concert with authors to shape books that will have a positive social impact on the world—books that also inform and entertain.

Select titles that Jennifer has represented: I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER by Cori Salchert (Barbour/ Shiloh Run Press); BREAKING UP & BOUNCING BACK by Samantha Burns (Dover/ Ixia Press); THE ART OF ESCAPING by Erin Callahan (Amberjack); MATCH MADE IN MANHATTAN by Amanda Stauffer (Skyhorse); A CROWDFUNDER’S STRATEGY GUIDE by Jamey Stegmaier (Berrett-Koehler).

Some of her favorite books include: NEVER LET ME GO, by Kazuo Ishiguro, THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, THE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion, THE UNWANTED by Kien Nguyen, BYRD by Kim Church, and AMERICAN BORN CHINESE by Gene Luen Yang, among many others.

Jennifer is very interested in diverse writers and #ownvoices from underrepresented/ marginalized communities, strong and conflicted characters who are not afraid to take emotional risks, stories about multi-generational conflict, war and post-war fiction, and writing with a developed sense of place. She enjoys both literary and commercial fiction. In nonfiction, she loves books that broaden her world view or shed new light on “big ideas.”

She is Seeking:

  • Fiction:
    • Women’s Fiction (Contemporary, Upmarket, Literary)
    • Select Young Adult (must have distinct voice)
    • Select Middle Grade
    • Graphic novels and visually-driven projects
  • Nonfiction (particularly in the areas of):
    • Narrative nonfiction (biography, current affairs, medical, investigative journalism, history, how-to, music, pop-culture, travel)
    • Cookbooks & culinary projects
    • Lifestyle (home, design, beauty, fashion)
    • Business Books (social entrepreneurship, female and/or minority-led businesses, and innovation)
    • Select memoir with an established platform
    • Parenting
    • Relationships and Psychology
    • Mind, body, spirit

Jennifer is NOT looking for:

  • Children’s picture books
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy
  • Westerns
  • Erotica
  • Poetry
  • Screenplays

How to Submit:

Fiction
Please email a query letter along with the first chapter of your manuscript and a synopsis pasted into the body of your email. Please be sure to include the genre and word count in your cover letter.

Illustrators
If you are an illustrator and/or seeking representation to artwork alone, please include a link to your online portfolio and a link to the online dummy. Please do not attach artwork to the email submission.

Nonfiction
Please email your full non-fiction proposal including a query letter and a sample chapter.

To avoid falling into spam, the subject line must begin as follows: QUERY: (The title of the manuscript and any SHORT message you would like the agent to see should follow). Attachments will not be opened, unless specifically requested by the agent. Your entire submission must appear in the body of the email and not as an attachment. E-mail the submission to jen@bradfordlit.com.


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Weekly Round-Up: Get Things Started

Every week our editors publish around 10 blog posts—but it can be hard to keep up amidst the busyness of everyday life. To make sure you never miss another post, we’ve created a new weekly round-up series. Each Saturday, find the previous week’s posts all in one place.


wr_iconBegin the Countdown…

…to NaNoWriMo! National Novel Writing Month begins November 1st—less than two weeks away! If you’re considering participating this year, check out How a Month of NaNoWriMo Can Lead to a Lifetime of Better Writing.

Give your novel a kickstart: Read Launching Into Scenes with Action, and get things moving!

If you’re planning to spend November writing (and writing, and writing), you’ll need some music to help get you in the writing zone. Check out Writer’s Digest Radio: A Classical Playlist for Writing.

Testing the Waters

There are many disagreements in the world of writing. For a better idea of the disagreement surrounding prologues and a feel for whether or not a prologue belongs in your book, read The Great Debate: To Prologue or Not to Prologue?

Should you move forward with your novel idea? Read What Color Are Your Ideas? to figure out whether you should give your idea the green light.

Are you rewriting the beginning of your novel, story, or article over and over, and yet you still aren’t getting the right feel? Check out Feeling the Words You Write to understand why that might be the case.

Agents and Opportunities

This week’s new literary agent alert is for Lexi Wangler of Massie & McQuilkin. She is seeking literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, crime fiction, cultural criticism, narrative nonfiction, essay collections, memoir and young adult fiction.

Are you a children’s author? Check out 30 Reasons to Read Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018 (Plus a Giveaway!).

So you’ve written a great book and decided to go the self-publishing route. What next? Read Marketing & Sales Perspectives for Indie Authors to help your book find its audience.

Poetic Asides

For this week’s Wednesday Poetry Prompt, write an “I Believe You” poem.

Check out Why I Write Poetry: Marie Elena Good and consider submitting an essay that shares why you write poetry.

Read guest post An Affective Singularity by Nate Pritts, author of the award-winning book of poetry Decoherence.

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30 Reasons to Read Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018 (Plus a Giveaway!)

Yesterday was the official pub date of the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2018, though it’s been available in bookstores and on Amazon beforehand.

The new edition is updated and packed with brand new info. While there are plenty of places you can turn to for information on the children’s publishing industry, CWIM has always prided itself as being the biggest print edition and the most thorough. It’s the Yellow Pages for children’s markets, with interviews, roundups, and informative articles. That’s why it’s in its 30th edition. In honor of this edition, here’s 30 reasons why you should pick up your copy of CWIM—or enter the competition below to win a free one!


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A GIVEAWAY: Send me an email at cris.freese@fwmedia.com, with the subject line “What I Love About CWIM” and tell me the thing you enjoy the most about the print edition of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market. In three weeks (deadline November 10, 2017), I’ll pick 3 random winners to win a copy of the book! And if you optionally tweet news of this giveaway and the publication date of CWIM, I’ll give you 2 entries into the contest instead of just the one. Just tweet the following, then email me with your Twitter handle: @WritersDigest is giving away 3 copies of the new 2018 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market – http://bit.ly/2hSgVUm via @crisfreese.

1. The Same Great Content. Hundreds of updated listings for book publishers, magazines, conferences, contests, and agents—all with a focus on picture books, middle-grade, and young adult audiences. Plus informative articles and interviews to help you grow as a writer. It’s the same Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market that you’ve come to expect over the years, just with a new editor.

2. More Original Content. I commissioned brand-new articles, interviews, and roundups for this issue—content that hasn’t been seen online, in Writer’s Digest magazine, or in Writer’s Digest Books. This is the only place you can find this content, and it’s entirely tailored for children’s writers.

3. Authors Breaking Out and Leading the Way. Looking for inspiration? This edition features 21 writers who broke out, signed with an agent, and got published. If you’re writing middle-grade fiction, young adult fiction, or crafting a picture book, turn to the Debut Authors Tell All feature to discover how these authors made their way.

4. More Debut Authors! I needed a second point to talk about the Debut Authors Tell All feature, because I love it so much. Seven picture book authors, eight middle-grade authors, and six young adult authors. That includes Mike Malbrough, Alyson Gerber, Jodi Kendall, Corabel Shofner, Ellie Terry, New York Times bestselling author Angie Thomas, Tiffany Jackson, and more. At least one of these awesome authors will motivate you with their story.

5. An Exclusive Webinar. The amazing Jennifer De Chiara—who heads up her own literary agency—provided an exclusive webinar on perfecting your query letter for the children’s market. You can only view it if you pick up a copy of this book.

6. Create Unforgettable Characters. Debbie Dadey, who has authors or co-authored 166 traditionally-published children’s books, shares ways writers can make readers fall in love with their characters.

7. Discover Your Writing Voice. Laurel Snyder, author of six novels for children, shares distinct methods and techniques for developing the writing voice you need to stand out. Consider it your “writing superpower,” with 12 ways to supercharge your voice.

8. Perfect Your Dialogue. Whether you’re crafting a picture book for young readers or working on a novel for the middle-grade and young adult audiences, dialogue is the tool for transporting readers through your story. Veteran teacher Kerrie Flanagan shows off techniques for mastering dialogue in each category.

9. Discover Supporters. If you’re going to succeed, you need people to get behind you. And as a children’s author, teachers and librarians can be a huge proponent for your career. Discover an article for tapping into the world of speaking at libraries and schools, and building relationships with librarians and teachers.

10. Target Your Short Writing. Windy Lynn Harris, author of Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays, has mastered the art of helping writers target specific markets to sell their short work. I asked her to find ten markets for children’s short fiction. She delivered (making your job easier in searching through the listings!), plus provided tips for writing a cover letter, formatting your manuscript, getting organized, and writing nonfiction articles for kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Kwame Alexander. The New York Times bestselling author took some time to sit down with CWIM to talk about the importance of always saying yes!

12. Kenneth Oppel. The award-winning author of The Silverwing Trilogy and Airborn, Oppel knows children’s fiction. He’s published more than 20 novels, and is only just getting started. Discover his advice for writers looking to break in, how to hook readers, and discovering your muse.

13. Dandi Daley Mackall. Dandi has written more than 500 children’s and adult’s books. Yet, somehow, she found time for an interview and enough wisdom to inspire anyone. She shares her writing process, how to handle bad first drafts, and dealing with rejection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14. Mindy McGinnis. Her complex stories and compelling characters put you through the emotional ringer—you’ll fall in love, want to scream at them, root for them during trying times, cry during hardships, and triumph in their success. The author of Not a Drop to Drink, A Madness So Discreet, The Female of the Species, and Given to the Sea shares her story of how it took 10 years to get an agent, handling speaking engagements, and winning the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

15. Kirby Larson. A writer of historical fiction for children, Larson shares her experiences on collaborating with co-workers on fiction and reaching out within the children’s writing community.

16. Carolyn Crimi. Stuck in one genre or category? Read this interview with Crimi to discover how a bestselling picture book author learned to engage young readers with humor and transform her career into a successful novelist.


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17. Handle the Change. Publishing is a rapidly evolving world—one that’s intimidating for newcomers and those writers just breaking in. Listen to three accomplished authors—Lisa J. Amstutz, Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton, and Dandi Daley Mackall—discuss the ways that the picture book market has changed, where it’s going, and which authors to really follow.

18. Small Presses. Look, it’s everyone’s dream to land an agent and nab a six-figure deal with one of the Big Five. But don’t discount small presses. Three authors share their stories, and the advantages and disadvantages, of working with small publishers.

19. Hear Directly from Agents! Kelly Sonnack, John Rudolph, Sara Megibow, and Jennifer March Soloway explain exactly what they’re looking for in today’s literary landscape, including what catches their eye, how to write a great query, and the importance of platform.

20. Breaking Into Nonfiction. A roundup of children’s writers, who write primarily nonfiction, talk about breaking into their respective market. Remember: You don’t have to write fiction to break out! This article is for all those looking to focus on nonfiction, or those looking to expand and stretch their own writing skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

21. Dan Santat, author of Oh No! (Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World): “I began my career using Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market as a resource for getting my foot into the children’s publishing industry. I highly recommend this book for anyone!”

22. Jay Asher, author of Thirteen Reasons Why: “Whenever anyone asks for publishing advice, I tell them to grab the latest edition of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market.”

23. Adam Shaughnessy, author of The Unbelievable FIB series: “CWIM was one of the first books I purchased when I decided to start the journey to get published. It’s a great resource both in terms of the information it provides and its welcoming, accessible tone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

24. Deborah Marcero, illustrator of the Backyard Witch series: “I found my literary agent/art rep in the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market.”

25. Wendy Toliver, author of Lifted: “If you’re serious about writing or illustrating for young people, the information, tools, and insights within the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market will get you started on the right path.”

26. Becca Fitzpatrick, author of Hush, Hush: “Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market is invaluable for writers of children’s books. Chock-full of publishing resources, it’s a must-have!”

 

 

 

 

 

27. Suzanne Kamata, author of Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible: “I look forward to Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market every year, and I use it all the time. This book is essential for both pre-published and pros.”

28. Jesse Klausmeier, author of Open This Little Book: “I buy a copy of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market every single year. It’s the definitive, must-have resource for children’s publishing.”

29. Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries: “Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is a great resource for artists and writers who are ready to share their talent with the world.”

30. James Dashner, author of The Maze Runner: “CWIM is an invaluable resource for any aspiring writer hoping to get published. It helped me a lot and I recommend it to everyone.”


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