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#FirstDraftFriday with Brian Gehrlein!

It's the first #FirstDraftFriday of fall, and we're in for a treat with guest author Brian Gehrlein! In his own signature style, he's sharing the nitty-gritty on how he wrote his debut picture book. You're sure to be inspired to write your own future best-seller today! PLUS...Brian is generously offering a manuscript critique as a prize for someone who completes a draft today! Details at the end of this post. Brian’s debut picture book, THE BOOK OF RULES, illustrated by Tom K

#FirstDraftFriday with James McGowan!

Woohoo, you made it to another #FirstDraftFriday! It's been hectic lately with school starting, summer ending, and so much happening in the world...but this is a chance to slow down a bit and CREATE! To get you inspired to do so, we have guest author James McGowan here to talk about how he wrote his debut picture book! And for one lucky winner, James is generously offering a picture book manuscript critique! You don't want to miss your chance at that!! Details on how to enter

#FirstDraftFriday - Make Today a New Draft Day!

Another #FirstDraftFriday...another chance to write your new favorite manuscript! Guest author Tracy C. Gold is here to inspire you with the tale of how her second book came to be! Then, it's your turn to draft a brand-spanking new picture book! You've got this! BONUS! Tracy is generously offering a manuscript critique as a prize for someone who completes a draft today! Details at the end of this post. Tracy is the author of EVERYONE’S SLEEPY BUT THE BABY, as well as the just

Summer's First #FirstDraftFriday

It's summer!!! A wonderful time to kick back, relax, and...WRITE! OK, so maybe the writing sometimes takes a backseat to fun in the sun. All the more reason to seize the day (that would be today) and knock out a new draft before the summer shenanigans shift into high gear. #FirstDraftFriday is here with guest author Adria Karlsson to help you do just that! BONUS! Adria is generously offering a manuscript critique as a prize for someone who completes a draft today! Details at

The #FirstDraftFriday Fun Continues...

It's been awesome to see so many people take part in #FirstDraftFriday thus far in 2021 and to host six wonderful guest authors who shared their insights and gave away critiques! Let's keep it going! Join us on the first Friday of each month to get a picture book first draft written and maybe win a prize! I'm excited to share the line up of guest authors for the second half of the year. I was thrilled when each of these wonderful creators said yes to being featured! I hope t

June #FirstDraftFriday is here!

June's off to a wild start with #PitMad yesterday and #PBPitch later this month. It can be hard to focus on writing with such distractions, but they say in this business to always be working on something new. So #FirstDraftFriday is here with guest author Annemarie Riley Guertin to help you do just that! BONUS! Annemarie is generously offering a manuscript critique as a prize for someone who completes a draft today! Details at the end of this post. Annemarie is the author of

May Your #FirstDraftFriday Be Productive & Fun!

Happy Friday! We're already a week into this month, so let's not waste any time getting into May's #FirstDraftFriday with guest author Phaea Crede! Phaea is generously offering a manuscript critique as a prize for someone who completes a draft today! Details at the end of this post. Phaea Crede’s debut picture book, JET THE CAT (IS NOT A CAT), illustrated by Terry Runyan, is out this month from Barefoot Books! To order your copy, visit: http://www.phaeacrede.com/books.html No

Spring into Spring with April's #FirstDraftFriday

It's Friday! Even better, it's #FirstDraftFriday and guest author Valerie Bolling is here to help us nurture those story idea seeds and make them bloom into drafts! Valerie is generously offering a manuscript critique as a prize for someone who completes a draft today! Details at the end of this post. LET'S DANCE, Valerie's debut picture book, pairs her rhythmic text with vibrant illustrations by Maine Diaz. It showcases children of diverse backgrounds enjoying dances from ar

#FirstDraftFriday - New Month, New Draft

Welcome to #FirstDraftFriday, the March edition! Guest author Ana Siqueira is here to inspire us, and then the rest is up to you. You've got until 8 pm ET to draft a new picture book and get in on the critique giveaway. Ana is going above and beyond on the giveaway, offering both a critique and a 20-minute follow up Zoom call. So get ready to draft because you don't want to miss your chance at that! Ana's debut picture book, BELLA’S RECIPE FOR SUCCESS, illustrated by Geraldin

Join the #FirstDraftFriday fun!

#FirstDraftFriday is off to a great start in 2021, so let's keep the fun rolling...Join us on the first Friday of each month to get a picture book first draft written and maybe win a prize! An awesome line up of guest authors is waiting to share their tips and tricks on how to turn that fabulous idea into a fabulous first draft...or at least a full first draft! It doesn't have to be fabulous (that's what revision is for); it just has to be done. So mark your calendar to check

#FirstDraftFriday - Start February “Write”

Today’s the first Friday of February...time to start the month “write” with a new picture book draft! Read on to see how our guest author, Norene Paulson, turns ideas into published stories! Then open a Word doc or bust out a notebook and get drafting. Norene is generously offering a manuscript critique as a prize for someone who completes a draft today! Details at the end of this post. Norene’s second picture book entitled WHAT’S SILLY HAIR DAY WITH NO HAIR? will be released

February #FirstDraftFriday is a Go!

Are you swimming in ideas from StoryStorm? Looking to dive into Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge? Ready to make a splash writing a new manuscript? If you answered yes to any of these (or even if not but you want a little push!), join us on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, for #FirstDraftFriday. Norene Paulson will be our guest author and offering a critique for one lucky winner! Check out my blog on Feb. 5 for inspiration from Norene, and then get to work writing a new pictu

#FirstDraftFriday with Margaret Aitken is here!

It’s 1/1/2021, and that means it’s time to start the year “write.” Thank you for joining #FirstDraftFriday. I hope you get a new picture book draft written today and enjoy learning from our guest author, Margaret Aitken! Margaret is generously offering a manuscript critique as a prize for someone who completes a draft...how’s that for motivation? Details at the end of this post! Margaret’s debut picture book entitled OLD FRIENDS is coming out Spring 2022 from Feiwel and Frien

#FirstDraftFriday is Coming! 1/1/2021

What better way to start your new year than with a new picture book draft? And what better reward for doing so than a chance at a free critique with up-and-coming author Margaret Aitken? Just think: You could be one-twelfth done with your 12x12 challenge before the second day of the year!! You could have an old story idea fully fleshed out before starting 2021’s Storystorm! All you need to do is commit to writing a new PB draft anytime between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on New Year’s