Posted by: nancyisanders | May 2, 2012

Online Workshop on Queries and Proposals

Join author Chris Eboch and myself at an online writing workshop we’re hosting at the Institute of Children’s Literature with wonderful moderator Jan Fields.

From today through Friday we’ll answer all your questions on how to put your best foot forward in this tough market.

To register for the event, contact Jan Fields by sending her your username and password to

She will register you manually so you can join in the conversations.

Or, to view the questions and answers without joining in the discussion, hop on over to the Children’s Writers Retreat and click on the link to the Guest Speaker Workshop.

And for those of you who are already part of the fun, here’s the picture book rubric I promised:

Picture Book Rubric

Also, here’s the sample proposal (and the cover letter I sent with it) that landed me the contract for my new book, Frederick Douglass for Kids. Just download the pdf files to your computer to explore.

Sample Cover Letter for Workshop

Sample proposal for workshop

And here’s a picture of my market guide:


  1. I enjoyed reading all your and Chris’s comments at the workshop. It didn’t let me register, and now I know why after reading your blog! Thanks for all the tips you gave.

    • Sorry you couldn’t comment but glad you can read it anyhow…thanks for popping in!

  2. amazing samples. thank you so very much for sharing.

    • You’re welcome! Be sure to stop by the ICL workshop site, too. You can still read all the conversations that went on even if you can’t post any more questions there.

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