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Amanda Morgan
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Book Signings
Hey all! AFTER HOURS has received some awesome press lately from Kirkus, School Library Journal, and of course, my favorite Keith County News! Check out the link to the Kirkus review below: https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/claire-kennedy/after-hou...

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Signed my contract!
This month, I received and signed my contract!  This can take some time, so as authors know, it's super special to finally sign and return it. I am hard at work and on deadline, and I am so excited to share these new books with you!

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Mandy and Lexi - Weekend Update Edition
1) "You Can Leave" has hit 53 on Billboard Indicator charts! 2) After Hours is now available for preorder in hardcover, paperback, and e-book!  Check it out here on Amazon or from other retailers, listed here . 3) Mandy got a new two-book deal with Simon Pu...

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AFTER HOURS E-book availabe for pre-order!
Cool stuff - this morning, I woke up to find that the Kindle version AFTER HOURS is now available for pre-order! :) Hopefully we'll see the hardcover and paperback versions on Amazon soon! Check it out HERE .

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Editor, Agent, and Art Director Panel: Freeing Your Creativity and Taking It to the World
Lauren MacLeod:  (in reference to children's books) I love it.  Books are very important to me.  I always loved it.  I am never going to not be here. Jennifer Rofe:  I didn't know where to go until I met my boss, Andrea Brown...I love it and I don't want to...

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How to Make an Editor Fall in Love
Stacey Barney is the Senior Editor for Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers. Voice, characterization, and pace are the three things that Stacey pays attention to outside of good writing. Voice should have "muscle."  Something that the editor will pay atte...

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Daniel Nayeri: How to Sell Me a Book
Daniel Nayeri is the director of children's publishing at Workman Publishing Company. Workman is a fiercely independent publishing house.  Workman is one of the biggest of the indies.  Workman published WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECT...

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From Spark to Flame: A Picture Book's Path to Publication
Amanda Driscoll is the author of Duncan the Story Dragon.  She is represented by Rosemary Stimola and Kelly Delaney at Knopf is her editor. Amanda Driscoll gets ideas when she is walking her dogs.  She does thumbnails so she can see when the story is flowin...

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Conference Happenings!
A VERY special thanks to our amazing photographer, Carla Schooler, for capturing all of these wonderful SCBWI moments! Kristin Tubb talks Children's Writing and Publishing 101

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Don't Be Weary, It's Just a Query
Jen Rofe is an agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Picture Book queries: Only include what is relevant It's a very rare case when an agent wants to take on a picture book writer who has only one book.  It is in your best interest to have more than ...
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