Author Archives: Heather Ayris Burnell

About Heather Ayris Burnell

Full time mom. Part time librarian. Author of BEDTIME MONSTER. Creator of Sub It Club. Curator of the Monster Lists of Picture Book Agents & Publishers. Always fooling around on Twitter @heatherayris. KICK! JUMP! CHOP! coming fall 2017 from Sterling Publishing.

Look Into Publishers Before Submitting

There are lots of publishers out there. Of course, you’ve heard of the big ones, but smaller publishers abound. There are good ones and questionable ones. It’s especially easy these days to put yourself out there as a publisher and … Continue reading

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March 2017 Contest Roundup

Spring is on its way! Isn’t it? I this it is. I’m shivering while I write this even though the heat is blasting. I skied out to my car this morning (In case you don’t know, I live on a … Continue reading

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The Postcard Post: Dana Carey

Today I am thrilled beyond thrilled to have Sub It Club’s Partner in Submission and Postcard Post creator Dana Carey here on The Postcard Post! I’m so glad that Dana has finally had the time to be the interviewee. I have … Continue reading

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Wen Baragrey Shares her Query

Today I am thrilled to have Wen Baragrey join us here on the Sub It Club blog! Wen’s book, WHAT GOES UP, is scheduled to be released by Random House in 2018. But before Wen connected with her agent and … Continue reading

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February 2017 Contest Roundup

Hey guys! Wanna hear some exciting news that has nothing to do with submitting your work? (Well, maybe it does a little because I am hoping to be putting your books on the shelves at the library where I work.) … Continue reading

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When the New Year comes along it feels like a good time to assess and think things over. I tend to think about what I can do better. I’m not one to make resolutions but I couldn’t help but think … Continue reading

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What are Endorsements and Do They Belong in Queries?

What is an endorsement? Let’s take this fun little quiz: A writer said something nice about your manuscript in a critique. Is it an endorsement? No. Writers point out the good as well as the things that need work in … Continue reading

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