Join us April 17th for a children’s book writing conference!

Always wanted to write a children’s book but not sure where to start? We’ll take you all the way from daydreams and doodles to dust jackets and distributors in this one-day virtual kidlit conference . . . and it’s a pajama party! Register now, and let Pink Umbrella walk you through the publishing basics:

Drafting with Marnae Kelley

  • Brainstorming
  • Refining ideas
  • Knowing your audience
  • Navigating the writing process
  • Avoiding common first draft problems 
  • Getting feedback

Marnae Kelley loves coaching new authors. While studying creative writing and literature in her English B.A. program at Brigham Young University-Idaho, Marnae developed a passion for the writing process that she brings to her work as both a writer and an editor. Other than reading a good book, she enjoys traveling, overanalyzing movies, and beating Nintendo games with her husband.

Editing with Merry Gordon

  • Why you need an editor
  • Levels of editing:
    • Developmental editing
    • Line editing
    • Copy editing
    • Proofreading
  • How to choose an editor
  • What you’ll typically pay for services

Merry Gordon is silently correcting your grammar. A freelance editor and writer, Merry also has over two decades of experience teaching English at the high school and college level. Merry is a book geek, a Netflix binger, and a connoisseur of all things chocolate. She is the author of Shutterbug, a children’s book about Golden Age Hollywood.

The Illustration Process with Myra Romano

  • The benefits of working with a professional illustrator
  • How to find an illustrator
  • How to contact an illustrator
  • What to expect from your illustrator
  • How to set realistic timelines and deadlines
  • How to communicate with your illustrator
  • How to give feedback to your illustrator on character attributes and target audience
  • How to understand a thumbnail layout of the page spreads
  • How to approve concepts and page layouts
  • How to create a half-sized book dummy

Myra Romano is happiest when surrounded by books, listening to old records, and playing board games with her family. She loves to illustrate children’s books and paint happy artwork for children’s toys and products. To see more of her work or to contact her visit or

Publishing with Adrienne Quintana

  • Assembling your creative team
  • Understanding file format requirements
  • Determining publishing goals
  • Setting a realistic timeline
  • Choosing a publishing platform
  • Deciding on distribution options

Adrienne Quintana is always orchestrating something.  Founder of the hybrid publishing company Pink Umbrella Books, Adrienne loves connecting writers, editors, and illustrators to form cohesive creative teams. When she isn’t working on a publishing project, Adrienne enjoys playing the violin, hiking, and surfing. She is the author of Eruption, Reclamation, High Sierra, and several children’s picture books.

Click here to register on FaceBook. See you there!

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