Make Your Children’s Book Shine and Stand Out Above the Rest — Oct. 30 Webinar (With Critique) by Agent Danielle Smith

You’re sending your children’s book manuscript off for its very first round of submissions, but you hesitate. Everyone questions their work and often wonder if it’s “finished.” After dozens and possibly hundreds of revisions when do you say enough is enough? When your hard work is ready to put into the hands of an agent, editor, or reader you want it to shine from the first to the last line. So how do you best accomplish this?

In this new live webinar called “Make Your Children’s Book Shine and Stand Out Above the Rest,” instructor and literary agent Danielle Smith (Red Fox Literary) will show you how to put the finishing touches on a manuscript and enable you to feel confident when sending it out to agents & editors. In addition to sharing her own tips and tricks, Danielle will examine pages from recently published picture and chapter books to show you examples of those spots that can often make or break your manuscript in the eyes of readers. It all happens at 1 p.m., EST, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, and lasts 90 minutes. All attendees get a critique. (And don’t forget that though all your are guaranteed is a critique, at least 5 writers have been offered representation by an agent after the agent read their work as part of a WD webinar or boot camp.)


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All registrants are invited to submit the first 500 words of their children’s book. All submissions are guaranteed a written critique by literary agent Danielle Smith. Danielle reserves the right to request more writing from attendees by e-mail following the event, if she deems the writing excellent.

Please Note: Even if you can’t attend the live webinar, registering for this live version will enable you to receive the On Demand webinar and a personal critique of your material. Purchasing the On Demand version after the live event will not include a critique.


— How to create memorable characters that will keep a reader engaged
— What to do with a character whose lack of motivation is bringing your story down
— Which words to cut, chop and eliminate completely
— Why the ending is just as important as the first sentence
— What tough questions to ask before hitting “send”
— How to work well with an agent and/or critique group. Sign up for the webinar here.


Danielle Smith a literary agent at Red Fox Literary, LLC where she represents picture books through young adult writers and illustrators. Her enthusiasm for children’s literature began as a young child, but grew exponentially when her own two children were born and shortly thereafter she began reviewing books at her top rated children’s book review site There’s A Book. For more than six years Danielle Smith has been the well-known blogger behind the online review site There’s a Book, voted the BBAW’s Best Kidlit Book Review Blog and host to over two-hundred thousand page views per month. Her children’s book reviews have also appeared in top online and print publications such as Parenting Magazine and Women’s World. As the latest addition to Red Fox Literary, Smith will be looking to further expand on the sterling reputation she’s built within the children’s trade publishing world. Her client list includes both authors and illustrators working in genres from board books to picture books to young adult novels. For more about her interests and background please visit

Sign up for the webinar here!

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One thought on “Make Your Children’s Book Shine and Stand Out Above the Rest — Oct. 30 Webinar (With Critique) by Agent Danielle Smith

  1. rich olson

    Reading many published children’s books that are similar in length and style to your own manuscript is so very helpful. If you can write like the pros then you are half way there. As a children’s book illustrator I am always searching for stimulating children’s books at libraries. They feed my brain and fill my imagination with grand possibilities.

    Rich Olson
    SCBWI children’s book illustrator


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