Do you do school and library visits?
Yes, I love to work with kids!
I offer interactive author and/or illustrator presentations for students of all ages. I also teach story elements and creative writing workshops and can tailor a presentation to meet the needs of preschool, elementary, or middle school students.
Please feel free to contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
What books would you recommend on writing and illustrating?
My favorite book about writing and the writing life is Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. I also found Stephen King's book On Writing both interesting and useful.
Other favorite books on writing are by poets: Blue Pastures, A Poetry Handbook, and Rules of the Dance, all by Mary Oliver; and On Poetry and Craft by Theodore Roethke.
I also highly recommend a collection of essays by Katherine Paterson--A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children.
The best book on writing and illustrating picture books is Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books by Uri Shulevitz.
I have written a children's book. How can I get it published?
The Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is an exemplary organization that will not only give you essential information to help you get published, it will also introduce you to colleagues and kindred spirits in your home state. The SCBWI hosts both national and regional conferences that will help you grow creatively and introduce you to children's publishing professionals. Learn more about the SCBWI at: http://www.scbwi.org
In addition, you may find publishing consultant and editor Harold Underdown's website helpful, at: http://www.underdown.org/