HOW TO BECOME AN AUTHOR

Are you interested in writing children’s books? Awesome! I was once right where you are, excited about the idea of writing a book but not sure where to begin. Below are a few resources to get you started.

The Loft Literary Center
This Twin Cities-based writing center was where I took classes after college graduation. Loft classes helped me further my writing technique and plug into the kid lit community. The in-person classes are great, but if you’re out of town, you’re in luck: the Loft offers online classes.

Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
This book, updated annually, is a vital resource for both new and experienced writers. The front section is chock full of answers to your questions about how to get an agent, how to craft a query letter, and more. The second half of the book is a directory of agents and publishers. Buy this book! It’s a lot of great info for under $20.

SCBWI
If you’re serious about creating children’s books, consider joining the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. They host tons of events and workshops that can help you get your footing in the world of kid lit.

QueryTracker
If you’ve put your manuscript through the rigors of peer critique and revision and you think you’re ready to start querying agents, check out this scrappy little website. Once you create a free account, you can browse a directory of agents, read about what each is looking for, find contact info, and connect with other brave querying souls like yourself.

Good luck!