10 Mistakes That Get Kidlit Manuscripts Rejected & How to Avoid Them
with Editor & Author Deb Halverson
Ten specific things will cause an editor to reject your kidlit manuscript.
And you're about to learn them, and how to avoid them.
The submissions process may seem mysterious, and the reasons why some manuscripts get rejected while others get contracts appear arbitrary and unknowable.
Except that they're not.
What if you knew each of them and knew how to avoid them?
Once you've spent some time with Deborah Halverson, you will.
Join Deborah — editor at Harcourt Children's Books for over a decade, and author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies, Writing New Adult Fiction, the teen novels Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth and the picture book Letters to Santa — for 90+ minute session (with lifetime on-demand video replay and an exclusive PDF handout packed with useful info) that will show you exactly how to avoid the 10 biggest writing sins that get manuscripts rejected.
In this comprehensive class you'll learn:
- 10 Writing Sins that get kidlit manuscripts rejected
- Actionable steps and techniques you can employ to avoid these mistakes and/or correct them in your work
- What gets editors excited — and what turns them off
- How to write an effective three-paragraph query letter
IMPORTANT: This workshop is not about the obvious things (typos, sloppy presentation, etc.) It features the less obvious and higher-level writing, editing and revision techniques that only a top pro would know!
You'll also get a full PDF handout to accompany the session.
This is a rare chance to learn the real inside secrets of getting published from a truly accomplished editor and author.
WHAT WRITERS WHO ATTENDED THE WORKSHOP LIVE HAD TO SAY....
Deborah was an editor at Harcourt Children’s Books for ten years—until she climbed over the desk and tried out the author’s chair on the other side. Now she is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction For Dummies, Writing New Adult Fiction, the teen novels Honk If You Hate Me and Big Mouth, the picture book Letters to Santa, and three books in the Remix series for struggling readers.
Deborah is a freelance editor, writing instructor, and founder of the popular writers’ advice website DearEditor.com. She serves on the advisory board for the University of California San Diego Extension “Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating” certificate program and speaks extensively at writing conferences and workshops. She has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for over twenty years.