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...

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...

December 12, 2018

Long time, no write, folks! You might have noticed the last date/time stamp on this blog was in September. I truly want to beat myself up about this delinquency, but I refuse. 

 my favorite mug

Yes, I refuse to beat myself up about not writing. I want you to try to do th...

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...

October 31, 2017

NB: my intention as an editor is never to be mean. But I do strive to be tough. My author clients come to me for answers they can't get from their peers or critique groups; they rely on me for a professional opinion. And business is tough—yes, even the children's book...

October 18, 2017

Your eyes flutter open as the sun's orange rays peek through the slats between the window's blinds. Man, it's too early to be awake, your brain tells your sleepy body. You breathe deep. Wiggle your toes and fingers. Creak-crack go the joints. A tiny thought floats into...

October 10, 2017

 #kidlitbot mascot and logo created by children's book illustrator Mike Ciccotello

The hilarious and talented children's book author, Tara Lazar, was so kind to feature me on her blog this week! And what am I guest blogging about over there, you ask? Something I dr...

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