The Storyteller Academy Blog
Helping You Make and Share Your Stories
Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Joana Pastro about signing with Natascha Morris at Bookends Literary Agency, and about her plan for her debut picture book. This post includes a giveaway of Joana's debut, LILLYBELLE, A DAMSEL NOT IN DISTRESS.
Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Teresa Robeson about winning the Asian/Pacific American Award. This post includes a giveaway of Teresa's award-winning debut and her second picture book.
Myrna Foster explains how to use story loops and shares a video of Arree describing how he used story loops to escalate the emotion in his picture book.
Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Adriana Hernández Bergstrom. This post includes a giveaway of a picture book that Adriana illustrated, BOOMER AT YOUR SERVICE.
Myrna Foster shares three ways to tackle a difficult picture book revision, including Arree Chung's Clarifying Questions and Jim Averbeck's Hierarchy of Revision.
Myrna Foster shares Stephen Suneier's TED Talk, “How to Achieve Your Most Ambitious Goals” and a personal experience about overcoming limiting beliefs.
Myrna Foster shares five different ways to turn your idea into a picture book.
Myrna Foster shares a highlight from Submission Ready of Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson discussing how editors work with art directors or designers to choose an illustrator for a picture book.
Myrna Foster shares a video of Vanessa Brantley Newton teaching how she illustrates one kind of African American Hair.
Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student Abi Cushman about how she got an agent and signed a two-book deal with Viking. This post includes a giveaway of an 8×10″ signed giclee print using archival inks on a cotton rag paper featuring a scene from SOAKED!
Jim Averbeck shares tips on how to diversify your income as a children's book author/illustrator.
Myrna Foster shares tips for connecting with agents and editors before, during, and after conferences.
Myrna Foster talks about the one thing she does before she gets too far into her process that she believes makes a difference in differentiating her manuscripts. She also shares a video highlight of Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson discussing how you can make your manuscript stand out, even if it's on a subject that's already been covered.
Myrna Foster interviews Storyteller Academy student LaRonda Gardner Middlemiss about how and why she, as an engineer, felt compelled to create picture books.
Myrna Foster shares a video of Vanessa Brantley Newton teaching how she gets skin color right.