Frequently Asked Questions ​

The fastest way to learn how is through collaborative courses and workshops. By studying with a published professional, you’ll learn the exact creative processes they use to make award winning books.

There are two options. You can self publish or publish traditionally with a publishing company. Most people don’t realize that self-publishing is starting a business, so we don't recommend it unless you are familiar with the industry and business-minded. Whether you decide to self publish or go the traditional route, a great story is the beginning of your publishing journey.

The ability to tell a story is the most important skill to have as an author or illustrator. You will need to be able to develop unique concepts for stories and tell the story simply. If you are illustrating the book, you will need a strong art style and a good sense of design, in addition to storytelling.

We pride ourselves in being a place where storytellers at all levels can find a home. Our courses cover the most basic story concepts all the way up to marketing your published books. 

We have a submission checklist that you can run your story through. The checklist was made by Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson, two editors at Chronicle Books. It is available in their course, Submission Ready and in the Creating Picture Books 101 Workbook.

As a Makers Pro Member, you have access to our entire library of courses, live workshops and events. You can go through every class as many times as you like for the duration of your membership. Additionally, if interested, we will place you in a peer critique group. 

As a Makers Plus Member, you have access to the same library of courses but they are all self-study. That means, you don't have access to live workshops, live classes, or peer critique group placement. As a membership bonus, you are invited to attend our live Ask-Me-Anything sessions with agents/editors three times per year.

Self-study means you don't have the live guidance or feedback from the instructor (or community) during workshops. You are watching the lessons and doing the assignments at your own pace, on your own time. It is all the same content!

At the beginning of each term, we reach out to all members with an invitation to be placed in a peer critique group. You will fill out a short survey and then pick a time slot that works!

You can make changes to your membership at any time HERE. Please note:

– Your monthly/annual price remains the same for the duration of your active membership.
– You can downgrade from Makers Pro to Makers Plus at any time, but your monthly or annual rate will change depending on what the current pricing is.
– You can cancel at anytime with a 30 day money back guarantee.
– You can pause your membership for up to three months at a time.

Each of our signature courses is designed to be 9 weeks long. As a Makers Pro member, you will take these courses alongside live workshops across three terms per year.

During term, you watch the instructor's pre-recorded modules, complete and submit your assignment, and prepare for your live workshop where instructors will select student submissions to review. Every third week, we have “implementation weeks” where you continue to edit your work based on what you've learned and meet with your peer critique group.

All of our workshops are recorded and posted for Makers Pro members to watch (or re-watch). These recordings have no expiration date.

You can enroll in Makers Pro HERE. (Our next enrollment is open from January 11 to 18, 2022.)
You can enroll in Makers Plus HERE.

You can book a 30 minute live zoom with our team here: or you can send our support team an email at

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