June 21, 2022
6 Reasons Why Your Kids’ Book Was RejectedBy Vikki VanSickle
After working in children’s publishing, sitting on various book selection committees, and judging writing for kids contests for 15+ years, I’ve read a lot of manuscripts. Here are the six most common ...
June 15, 2022
Book Therapy: Mad HoneyBy Stacey May Fowles
“No, no. I’m telling you, it feels like I was bees. A whole bee colony. Like all I did this summer was drink nectar, collect pollen, nurse the larvae, fan the hive, take care of my queen—I was bees.”— Katie ...
June 10, 2022
Writing with kids: Impossible or sometimes maybe possible?By Lindsay Zier-Vogel
Summer is nigh, which means picnics and sunlight until 10 p.m. and swimming pools and watermelon. And it also means my kids are going to be around a lot more, and finding windows to write is going to ...
June 03, 2022
On Becoming an Acquiring EditorBy Russell Smith
For thirty years I was on the other side of the desk: submitting books to editors who didn’t reply or who took six months to reply, who replied with no-thank-you formulae, or who replied with suggestions ...
May 27, 2022
Reminders on the Path - Sheniz Janmohamed in Conversation with Natasha RamoutarBy Natasha Ramoutar & Sheniz Janmohamed
When my first poetry collection Bittersweet was released in 2020, my mentor Sheniz Janmohamed published our conversation about full circles and first books with Open Book.Sheniz has been so instrumental ...
May 10, 2022
Genres You Didn’t Learn About in Kidlit 101By Vikki VanSickle
One of the most formative experiences in my development as a writer was working in a bookstore. For four glorious years I was the manager of the award-winning, much beloved Flying Dragon Bookshop in Toronto. ...
April 29, 2022
Book Therapy: Good Mom on PaperBy Stacey May Fowles & Jen Sookfong Lee
“Children require their parents to search for small moments of peace or grace or dignity. Maybe we can treat creativity the same way: creating the one true thing within a project that is otherwise just ...
April 21, 2022
How to Start a Writers’ GroupBy Lindsay Zier-Vogel
I spent years working on a novel about a lifeguard who was terrified of drowning. Years, of sitting in the same corner of the same coffee shop bashing out draft after unreadable draft. And the only feedback ...
March 31, 2022
The Best of Both WorldsBy D.D. Miller
Humber College’s new undergrad in creative and professional writing strives to nurture skilled creative professionals.I always wanted to be a writer. Or maybe it’s that I always wrote. I took the ...
March 29, 2022
The challenges (and joys) of receiving feedbackBy Lindsay Zier-Vogel
I am not proud of it, but my initial response to feedback on my writing is an instant NOPE. No way! ABSOLUTELY NOT. “What if you switched the point of view to third person?”NOPE. No way! ABSOLUTELY ...