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So You Want to Be a Picture Book Author

With Tara Lazar

November 6, 2011
Sages Pages, Madison, NJ

Author Tara Lazar explained "Everything I wish I had known"
in The Writers Circle's 2011-12 Speaker Series

"There's a difference between being a picture book writer and a picture book author," said Tara Lazar as she began her workshop, So You Want to Be a Picture Book Author? on Sunday afternoon, November 6, at Sages Pages in Madison, NJ.

Tara Lazar teaching to an attentive crowd

Tara Lazar, picture book author of The Monstore (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster 2013) and I Thought This Was a Bear Book (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster 2014), explained to a packed audience that the road to publication requires perseverance, current knowledge of the industry, and a great idea that no one else can write in the same way you can.

TWC Founder/Director Judith Lindbergh praised Ms. Lazar's success and market-savvy, "It's remarkable that Tara's second children's book has been picked up even before her first has come out. She really knows what it takes to create a publishable manuscript in this very competitive market."

Ms. Lazar explained the in's and out's of the children's book business, and shared some terrific tricks she wished she'd known when she started crafting stories that would sell from just 500 well-chosen words.

Ms. Lazar's workshop was the second in The Writers Circle's 2011-2012 Speaker Series, bringing authors, poets, cartoonists, Broadway actresses and other creative professionals to talk about their craft in workshops in Madison, Maplewood, West Orange and South Orange, NJ.

Tara Lazar walks about writing for children at The Writers Circle's 2011-12 Speaker Series.

One workshop participant shared her impression in Ms. Lazar's presentation: "She even answered questions I did not know I had!"

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What Participants Had to Say

“Tara is very knowledgeable.”

“Excellent! Full of information and extremely motivating.”

“She even answered questions I did not know I had!

Resources from Tara's Talk

Society of Children’s Book Writers
and Illustrators - SCBWI

Tara on Facebook

Tara's Blog

Tara on Twitter