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Faculty Spotlight: Crash Course

In our workshop for “serious beginners,” Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course, we promise to answer ALL your questions. We’d like to introduce you to our faculty–the ones with the answers:

Harold UnderdownMeet Core Faculty Harold Underdown:

  • An independent children’s book editor who works with authors and publishers.
  • Previously worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing.
  • The author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing.
  • Founded and runs The Purple Crayon, a respected website with information about the children’s publishing world.
  • Speaks and gives workshops at national and regional writing conferences.
  • Has been with the Crash Course since the beginning!
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books    Purple Crayon website

Writing & revising tips from Harold:


Leah HendersonMeet Core Faculty Leah Henderson:

  • School Library Journal called her debut novel, One Shadow on the Wall,”a satisfying story that will captivate dedicated readers.”
  • She received her MFA at Spalding University.
  • Loves to travel and has been to over 40 countries!
One Shadow on the Wall    Leah Henderson's website

More about Leah:


Meet the Special Guests:

About Lindsay Barrett George:
  • Has written and illustrated around 20 picture books.
  • Formerly worked as a designer at a children’s book publisher.
  • Her book Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse was chosen for the Pennsylvania One Book: Every Young Child program.
About Bobbie Combs:
Bobbie Combs
  • Is a children’s book marketing consultant for authors, publishers and organizations.
  • Formerly managed children’s bookstores and was the children’s sales/marketing director for a book distributor.
About David Richardson:
David Richardson
  • Is the book buyer and accounts manager for The Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore.
  • Teaches children’s literature at a Cincinnati college.
About Hannah Bersee:
Hannah Bersee
  • Is the editorial assistant for Highlights and High Five magazines.
  • Her favorite part of working at Highlights is answering letters from readers each week.
With these mentors on your side, it’s bound to be a productive weekend!

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Posted on: February 1, 2018