Laura and Jon with our son Matt.

Writing Blueprints is the creation of Children's Book Insider, a family business based in Fort Collins, Colorado.

We began in May, 1990 and have helped thousands of people start and build fulfilling careers as writers. The folks behind CBI are the husband and wife team of Jon Bard and Laura Backes. Laura is one of the world’s best-known children’s writing teachers, and has been published by Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Random House and countless other outlets. Jon is the former owner of a New York PR firm and is well known for his articles, posts and videos on the art of promotion for writers.

We created Writing Blueprints because we know that writers of all genres are desperately seeking clarity, a path to follow and a trusted teacher to help them. And we also know that few writers have the financial means to hire a private writing coach to lead them on that path.

Writing Blueprints makes step-by-step, interactive expert instruction available to all!

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