Making Your Children’s Book Shine and Stand Out Above the Rest — Aug. 22 Webinar With Critique by Agent Danielle Smith

Picture this: 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 brand new live webinar, “Making Your Children’s Book Shine and Stand Out Above the Rest,” instructor and literary agent Danielle Smith 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, Aug. 22, 2013, and lasts 90 minutes. Don’t forget that at three literary agents have signed writers after critiquing their work as part of a WD webinar!


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All registrants are invited to submit the first 750 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.


  • How to create memorable characters that will keep a reader engaged
  • What to do with a character who’s 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


Danielle Smith a literary agent at Foreword Literary Agents where she represents picture books and middle grade authors 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 five years she’s been involved professionally with books through print and online publications such as Women’s World and Parenting Magazine, as a member of the judging panels for The Cybils awards for fiction picture books, as well as locally by serving on the board of The Central Coast Writer’s Conference. She is most interested in finding new author/illustrator talent, children’s fiction and creative non-fiction from picture books through middle grade.


  1. Writers currently composing a children’s book who want to make sure their work gets read
  2. Writers who have been rejected by agents and editors, and want to evaluate why their children’s book didn’t make the cut
  3. Writers who are getting page and manuscript requests from agents, but falling short after that point
  4. Writers whose stories often get the “didn’t connect with the characters/story” comment from agents and editors
  5. Writers who want a professional critique by a literary agent
  6. Writers looking for ways to refine your story into it’s very best version
  7. Anyone with non-novel publishing credits considering making the jump to fiction writing



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