April 20, 2020

One of the ways I've been handling being on lockdown during the COVID pandemic is by going outside at least once per day. Most days, around work and distance learning hours, my family and I kick around a ball or garden in our backyard, take long nature walks around our...

March 31, 2020

Welp, I had grand plans of posting a new picture book review more than once per week. But alas! Homeschooling, freelance editing, children's book writing, cooking, cleaning (and gardening!), eating and sleeping have taken up most of my time. 

 I made this bread...and th...

March 24, 2020

Hi, everyone! Happy what-day-is-it?

As I mentioned here last week, I placed an order to my local independent bookstore, in order to: 

a) stock up on picture books before I wasn't able to leave the house for long (which, now in the UK, we're not)

b) support my local i...

March 18, 2020

As I mentioned in my post on Monday, I am thinking of you all and hoping you stay well and safe during the pandemic. I had drafted this blog post over a month ago, back when the world was a different place. I thought about not posting it today. But I am so proud of thi...

February 10, 2020

Happy almost Valentine's Day, #kidlit lovers! Whether you celebrate this "holiday" or not, I want to tell you about something I really love:

Photo by Aung Soe Min on Unsplash

Self-publishing projects!

  • Yes, I have worked in "traditional" children's book publishing for...

September 12, 2019

It's been two years since I started of Alli Brydon Creative,

my children's book editorial and writing business!

Here, have a slice of cake with me

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash 

The first year was incredibly successful, with such projects as editing/project managing...

July 17, 2019

A lot of discussion goes on in the #kidlit world about the all-important Query Letter. Do editors and agents even read them? How do I format one? Should I mention that I follow this editor on Twitter? Do I say how much I like the other books on their list? How personal...

August 6, 2018

Today I want to talk about commitment.

Tell me if this scenario sounds familiar: you wake up one morning from a fantastical, sparkly dream about unicorns and rainbows, and tell your partner about it at the breakfast table. Your partner says, "You should really turn that...

July 30, 2018

Oh my, friends! What a summer it has been so far.

We're hitting the beach. We're spending time with friends and family. We're doing math exercises. We're eating too much ice cream (is that even a thing?). We're going to museums. I'm writing up a storm. And we're READING...

March 28, 2018

Last week was a bit of a crazy one! In addition to the umpteenth snow storm/Nor'easter we've seen this month (and 10th snow day off from school), there was some exciting news over here at Alli Brydon Creative:

(for more on this, including my Twitter thread and the YouTu...

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