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Small Press, BIG Decision Presentation Resources

In this blog post, I share references mentioned in my January 27, 2022 SCBWI-IL Network Presentation "Small Press, BIG Decision:" 

Small Presses that offer writing contests:

Resources for finding Small Presses that publish books for children and teens:

Articles and sites related to book cover design:

Articles related to book contracts:

I also briefly discussed self-publishing. SCBWI has a section in "THE BOOK" on self-publishing. They recently announced they'll also be releasing The Essential Guide to Self-Publishing a Children's Book for members only.  


Do you have any resources to add? Please share a comment below or email me through my contact page.

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3 Poems in New Anthology


I'm happy and honored to have THREE of my poems included in the new 10.10 Poetry Anthology: Celebrating 10 in 10 Different Ways edited by Bridget Magee! The collection features the work of 58 poets from around the world. I'm looking forward to reading the anthology! I'll be writing more about my poems in the collection in a future post on TeachingAuthors.


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Resources for Self-Publishing

      Exactly one week from today, at the 2021 Catholic Writers Guild (CWG) Conference, I'll be moderating a panel of four authors discussing self-publishing: Carolyn AstfalkSara HarrisAnnie Harton, and Leslea Wahl. Here are several resources for that presentation. I'll include any additional ones mentioned at the conference later.

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Resources for Writing Historical Fiction

I'll be discussing "The Pleasures and Perils of Writing Historical Fiction" at the 2021 Catholic Writers Guild online conference. Here are the resources I'll be sharing, along with links where available. 


  • Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (& Editor's) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, & Myths by Susanne Alleyn. For more about this book, and to read the first chapter, see this page
  • Writing Historical Fiction by Rhona Martin
  • Once Upon a Time It Was Now: The Art and Craft of Writing Historical Fiction by James Alexander Thom
  • Turning Life into Fiction by Robin Hemley

Online Resources:

Additional articles of interest:

If you have a questions about my presentation, feel free to post it as a comment below or email me through my contact page.



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