Don’t over-pluck your picture book

If you write picture books, you know it’s a lot easier to tell your story in more words than probably anyone wants to publish. It used to be that 1,000-1,200 words was the limit. Now, it’s more like 700. Or even shorter! But that does not mean you cut all but the first 700 words…

Autographed Books available from Robin Koontz

Autographed books available from author/illustrator Robin Koontz – great gifts! (author copies – limited quantities) Friends ask about getting my books and I encourage them to order from their local bookstores – my titles are more for the educational market so you won’t find them on the retail shelves. But, if you want personalized copies,…

The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book for Kids, Part I

In 1998 I wrote and illustrated a book called The Complete Backyard Nature Activity Book for Kids. There was a subtitle, too, equally as long. Originally it was called Going Wild! but the editor thought that title could be misleading. Editors are smart about these things; that’s one reason I love them. McGraw Hill’s Learning…