Workshops for Authors of Children's Books

We're excited to bring a great lineup of sessions to our ever growing segment of our audience: authors writing children's books!

The Women in Publishing Summit is a 4 day virtual event, March 6-9, 2024. All sessions are recorded, and you can view as many times as you'd like until Dec. 31, 2024. We also have networking and community building events, and special sessions. It's a LOT of fun!

Be sure to get your ticket today so you can enjoy all of these workshops for children's book authors in the conference, and revisit the content in the recordings all year! 


Audience: Children's Book Authors

“Marketing and Selling Books to the K-12 Market”
Presenter: Jane Wood
Schools can be a lucrative market for authors and publishers, but their priorities are different from other buyers. Educators at the local, district, and state levels are looking for books that will reinforce what is being taught in their classrooms. In “Marketing and Selling Your Books to the K-12 School Market,” Jane R. Wood will share how to connect with the decision-makers to this unique market and what marketing strategies will be most successful. Attendees will learn: What kind of specific content is appealing to educators, who are the buyers and how to contact them, and how author visits to schools increase book sales.

****This session was a preconference bonus workshop, so you'll gain immediate access to this upon purchase of your ticket. And it was AMAZING!

“Writing Books for Young Readers: Determining what type of Children's Book to Write”
Presenter: Jen Navarre
Audience: Beginner Author

At the conclusion of this session you will know:
1 – The differences between picture books, early readers, and chapter books
2 – How to determine the best audience for your book and why this matters for emerging readers
3 – Tips for revision so your book aligns with what's already on the market

“What you REALLY need to Know About Writing and Publishing a Children's Book”
Presenter: Alexa Bigwarfe, Purple Butterfly Press
You may know Alexa as the host behind the Women in Publishing Summit, but what you may NOT know is that she's also the publisher behind Purple Butterfly Press, an award winning hybrid children's book company. Through the years of publishing children's books, she has developed a wealth of knowledge about the key things most indie picture book authors don't know. This session will cover topics such as: word count for your books (this is one that gets messed up all the time!), ensuring your book is leveled for the appropriate age group, understanding the needs of schools and librarians, distribution and print options, when and how to start your marketing, and more. This is a key session for anyone just starting a children's book, in the process of writing one, or previously published and not seeing the success they want.


“The Three Biggest Mistakes Children's Book Authors Make”  *PRERECORDED SESSION”
Presenter: Brooke Van Sickle
Audience: Beginner Author

By the end of this session, you'll know:
1 – What do with a new story idea
2 – How to get started with your first draft
3 – The biggest mistakes writers make when it comes to illustrations

“Picture Book Design and Production: Book Formatting and Design for Children's Books”
Presenter: Tamara Dever
Audience: Beginner Author

Picture books must deliver a big punch in a small package. It is vital that each piece is carefully planned and executed to put together the best packages possible to deliver your special story.
1 – Learn the production options available, whether printing digitally, offset, or on-demand
2 – Learn why you need both illustration and design and how they work together to bring your story to life
3 – Learn how planning for production while you're writing can streamline the book creation process and even improve your book.

A Printer's Guide to Offset Printing Your Children's Book
Presenter: Lori McKnight, MCRL

In this session, the pros and cons of both offset and POD printing with real-life examples will be discussed to help writers make an informed decision on the best route for their book and business. This session is really important for children's book authors who are looking to do a high quality print run of their books, rather than Print on Demand. MCRL also has a great resource guide for formatting picture books for print, available to our attendees.

“Amazon Ads for Authors”
Presenter: April Cox
April is an expert in Amazon Ads AND in children's books. She'll be teaching how to set up and effectively use Amazon Ads to drive more traffic and sales to your book.
Audience: Already published or close to publishing

“Metadata for Beginners: The Key to Driving Discoverability and Sales”
Presenter: Kathy Meis, Bublish
This workshop is critical for all new and beginner authors. Knowing and understanding what your meta data is, and how to make sure you've made the right choices, will make or break how discoverable your book is once it's published.

“Book Influencers: How to find, contact, and work with readers on social media”
Presenter: Manon Wogahn
While not specific to children's book authors, social media is a key component for picture book authors. Influencers can help you get far more eyes on your book than you can alone. This will be a good one for children's book authors to attend!
Audience: Already published or close to publishing

These are the sessions that speak directly to authors of children's books. We have three children's book publishers/support companies who will be at the Sponsor meet and Greet, (Old Mate Media, Purple Butterfly Press, and Children's Book Mastery) and many other general sessions and marketing sessions that, while not specifically geared to children's book authors, are relevant to ALL authors in their marketing.


See the full schedule here and grab your ticket today!

We hope to see you at the 2024 Women in Publishing Summit!