Author Archives: Laura Purdie Salas

About Laura Purdie Salas

children's writer, poet, reader, visiting author, speaker/teacher, mentor, copyeditor, freelance writer

Writers, Will You Help Me Celebrate Diversity?

Hi, writers! I need your help. I’ve started a padlet where I would love to feature photos (and brief descriptions) of hundreds of families. People of all shapes, sizes, colors, religions, gender identities, nationalities, sexual orientations…When I share my book … Continue reading

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How I Do Publisher Research and Submit My Children’s Book Manuscripts: Part 4: Identify and Describe My Manuscript

Previous entries in the series: Part 1: Overview Part 2: My Tools Part 3: Publishers Database This seems so basic, but it’s amazing how many writers I’ve met who are trying to sell a manuscript without a basic understanding of … Continue reading

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How I Do Publisher Research and Submit My Children’s Book Manuscripts: Part 3: My Publishers Database

Previous entries in the series: Part 1: Overview Part 2: My Tools Part 3:My Publishers Database I thought I’d go into a little more detail about the database I keep of editors and publishers. This is a crucial part of … Continue reading

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Writers and Depression

Writer friends, a year ago, my friend’s son killed himself. He was kind and loving and young–a college student and a veteran. A few weeks ago, designer Kate Spade and then celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain killed themselves. Both had fame … Continue reading

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How I Do Publisher Research and Submit My Children’s Book Manuscripts: Part 2: Tools

Part 2: Tools I use several tools, some free and some pricey, to help me research markets and submit my manuscripts. In this post, I’m going to describe the tools and very briefly say what I use them for. Future … Continue reading

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How I Do Publisher Research and Submit My Children’s Book Manuscripts: Part 1: Overview

This topic is complex and a bit overwhelming, but I’m going to try to break down my overall process into steps (over several blog posts) and explain it. Who to send your work to and how to send it–those are … Continue reading

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Getting My Writing Back on Track

Since February 11 (122 days ago), we have had family visiting or I/we have been out of town visiting family for all but 23 days. And 4 of those 23 days, I was teaching at a Young Authors Conference. To … Continue reading

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My One Question

When I left my literary agency in 2015, it was largely because no new sales were happening, and I couldn’t get regular updates on submissions. I knew that to improve things, I would have to submit like a beast (as … Continue reading

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Writing Challenge Fail…or Is It?

As a working writer, someone making a living off my writing and related activities, I tend to be efficient and productive. And I love participating in writing and reading challenges that stretch my comfort zone and teach me new things. … Continue reading

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The Group Effort of a Book Deal

Got back in the U.S. on Monday night, and I am still wading through mountains of emails and deadlines and assorted catching-up tasks. The most exciting of those, though, is that I came home to an offer on a picture … Continue reading

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