Resources for Writers and Illustrators

I admit that I wasn’t feeling my best at this year’s spring conference.  A nasty case of bronchitis sapped my energy and left me recovering for weeks.  But, one of my goals was to ask members about our blog,  As the Eraser Burns.  We are always looking for ways to reach out to the SCBWI community and enrich the content that we provide for you.

After speaking with several conference attendees, it was brought to our attention that many members would like to see more posts about the resources that we find useful.

So-here goes.

In the way of websites and blogs, I like:  This is a great blog that spotlights children’s books, authors, agents, and all things publishing.  It has great advice about submitting work and current trends in the market.    This blog covers all things related to the craft of writing and fiction.  I really like the personal quality of the posts.  It is nice to hear that other artists sometimes struggle in their journey, too. Writing for Kids While Raising them is an incredible blog chocked full of useful information.  How lucky we were to have Tara Lazar at this year’s conference.  Her blog is a wealth of information for picture book writers and anyone interested in the craft of writing.  The site of an anonymous editor who provides great advice.  Really, you don’t want to miss it.  And, another valuable resource comes from our own regional member, Sarah Maynard.  On her website, you will find her 2014 Local Book Festival Calendar.  There are a lot of interesting upcoming book events in our area.  Check them out.

 Some books that I have found helpful:

Save the cat! The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need– Blake Snyder

How to Write a Damn Good Novel: A Step by Step No Nonsense Guide to Dramatic Storytelling– James N. Frey

Writing the Breakout Novel- Donald Maass

The Emotion Thesaurus:A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression– Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

I write young adult fiction- as my favorite resources may reflect.  If you have a great resource, please feel free to comment on this post.  I have only selected a few of my favorites and I know there are so many good tools/resources out there.  As we are a sharing community, I urge you to comment about your favorite blogs, websites, books, and writing tools and/or methods.  Let’s start a conversation about the crafts of writing and illustrating.  You never know when something you share will inspire others on their artistic journey.

Happy creating.




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2 Responses to Resources for Writers and Illustrators

  1. Stacy Couch says:

    I’m addicted to Kidlit blogs, so I made a Blog List for my DE critique group. It’s a lot, but they’re sooo good.


    Picture Books

    Susanna Leonard Hill:
    Picture books mainly, lots of rhymers
    Would You Read It Wednesday, Perfect Picture Book Friday
    I love Would You Wednesdays, occasional contests (I won stuff!)

    Katie Davis:
    Podcasts about marketing, like social media, are very good
    Podcast (just click and listen):

    Middle-Grade (MG) and Young Adult (YA) Fiction

    Miss Snark’s First Victim:
    Not snarky, is Christian but also writes secular
    YA and MG science fiction and fantasy

    Kidlit Librarians In-The-Know

    Watch. Connect. Read.:
    Newberry judge, kidlit trailers, links, info, author/illus. interview

    Let’s Get Busy Podcast:
    Audio recording of kidlit figures, several picture book authors
    Librarian stuff (good to know if marketing, librarians HUGE)

    Writing and Marketing

    Kristen Lamb:
    About writing, mostly fiction
    Great marketing advice for writers, especially social media

    Rachelle Gardner:
    Agent, incl. Christian books
    Great for business of writing

    Illustration and Just about Everything Else

    Debbie Ohi:
    Debbie has a TON of blogs: on writing kidlit, on illustrating kidlit, on Twitter for writers

    I love Ohi’s InkyGirl for kidlit (

  2. Laura Bowers says:

    I just noticed your comment, Stacy! (I’m so behind on nearly everything in my life.) Anyway, great list, I’ll be sure to check these out soon! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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