Presenter: Megan Frazer Blakemore
Date & Time: Saturday, July 28 | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Location: Graves Library, Kennebunkport
Maximum Attendees: Open
Fee: Member: $FREE | Nonmember: $5
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Have you ever thought about publishing a book for children? The “kidlit” world can be more complicated than it seems.
This presentation will cover the essentials of writing and publishing for kids: What’s the difference between “Middle Grade” and “Young Adult”? Why do picture books (almost) always have 32 pages? Is anything “off-limits” in books for kids? Does a writer need to find an illustrator for their picture book? Blakemore will also demystify the process of publishing, and discuss some of the common pitfalls in writing and in querying agents or publishers.
Come with your wonderings, your worries, your sense of fun, and Megan Frazer Blakemore will explain all!
Megan Frazer Blakemore is the author of the young adult novels Good and Gone (HarperTeen, 2017), Secrets of Truth & Beauty (Disney-Hyperion, 2009), and Very in Pieces (Harper Teen 2015). She is also the author of six middle grade novels: The Daybreak Bond (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Firefly Code (Bloomsbury, 2016), The Water Castle (Walker Books for Young Readers, 2013), The Friendship Riddle (Bloomsbury, 2015), and The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill (Bloomsbury, 2014), which received the Maine Literary Award. The Water Castle was named Kirkus Best Children’s Book of 2013, a Bank Street College Best Book 2014, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and has been included on numerous state lists. Megan has a B.A. from Columbia University, and an MLS from Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science where she is currently pursuing doctoral work. She has over ten years’ experience as a librarian and has taught writing to students in elementary through graduate school.