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Working with a Small Publishers

October 17th Webinar: Working with a Small Publisher with Angela Isaacs
Join us as we chat with Illinois author and Kidlit Nation volunteer, Angela Isaacs. Angela just published her second board book with a small press and will be telling you all about it.
AUDIENCE: Writers and Illustrators

DATE AND TIME: October 17th at 7pm CST


After getting an M.A. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Illinois, Angela began working as a freelance educational writer and editor. Angela’s freelance work has included educational materials from kindergarten to college. She has worked with textbook publishers, curriculum companies, and with academic researchers.

Along the way, Angela began writing children’s books. Her first board book, GOODNIGHT JESUS, entered its second printing within weeks of publication. Her second board book, I PRAY TODAY, was published in September 2018. She also has a forthcoming picture book series, THE LITTLE ELEPHANTS’ BIG ADVENTURES, that was written in conjunction with early childhood researchers at Purdue University. The LITTLE ELEPHANTS’ bring together Angela’s academic training, educational writing background, and children’s writing experience to bring educational best-practices into engaging picture books for kids.

Angela blogs at www.angelamisaacs.com

You can also find her on Twitter at @aisaacswrites and on Instagram at @aisaacswrites

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A Chat with Publisher Joy Triche

Joy Triche webinar November 14
Join us as we chat with Joy Triche, who founded Tiger Stripe Publishing.
AUDIENCE: Writers and Illustrators

DATE AND TIME: November 14th at 7pm CST

Joy Triche headshot


Having spent my life as a book lover, I was disheartened by the lack of diversity among children’s titles available when looking for books for my three children. I founded Tiger Stripe Publishing to help fill the void.  

While being a mom has provided me with insight as to what makes a high-quality children’s book, my career in educational publishing has bolstered that. As part of my 18-year career in publishing, I had the honor of serving as a managing editor at National Geographic School Publishing for nearly a decade. I have also been an instructional designer and developmental editor for educational publishing houses and associations in Phoenix, Atlanta, and Chicago.

Past Webinars

A Chat with Author Barbara Binns

Webinar announcement: A chat with author Barbara Binns
Join us as we chat with Illinois author and diversity community member, Barbara Binns, and celebrate her debut middle grade novel, “Courage” (Harper Collins).
AUDIENCE: Writers and Illustrators

DATE AND TIME: September 19th at 7pm CST


Barbara Binns is an award-winning African American author of contemporary, multicultural children’s novels and short stories. She is the eldest of five children and grew up on Chicago’s south side. Like many of her characters, she was forced to assume adult roles at a young age. Now she hopes to inspire both readers and fellow authors of color.

She finds writing the perfect follow-up to her life as an adoptive parent and cancer survivor. Barbara has connections in both the writing and librarian communities and is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and BCALA (Black Caucus of the ALA). She has spoken at numerous venues, including the American Library Association national conference and the National Conference of African American Librarians. In October 2018 she will speak at the Illinois Library Association conference.

Her debut middle grade novel, Courage, was published by Harper Children’s in July, 2018. In addition, she has published several young adult novels under the name B A Binns.

She blogs about YA and multicultural issues on http://babinns.com/barbarabinnsblog, She also guest blogs once a month at the Romancing the Genres blog –http://romancingthegenres.blogspot.com/

Novel cover: Courage by Barbara Binns

Inside Lee and Low Books with Jalissa Corrie

Webinar: Inside lee and Low books with Jalissa Corrie August 15 at 6pm cst
Join us as we chat with Jalissa Corrie, marketing associate of Lee and Low Books, about their imprints and types of books they publish. Also, find out more about Lee and Low’s New Voices and New Vision Award for authors and illustrators of color.
AUDIENCE: Writers and Illustrators

DATE AND TIME: August 15th at 6pm CST

Photo of Jalissa Corrie


Jalissa Corrie is a Marketing Associate at Lee & Low Books, the largest multicultural children’s book publisher in the United States. She previously interned at Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and before that, worked at different companies within the apparel and home furnishings industry. When she isn’t working, you can find her at bookish events across New York City.

Opportunities in the Magazine Market with Jestine Ware

Webinar: Opportunities in the magazine market with Jestine Ware
Join us as we chat with editor Jestine Ware about writing for the magazine market.
AUDIENCE: Writers and Illustrators

DATE AND TIME: June 6th at 7pm central

Jestine Ware Headshot


Jestine is a lifelong creative writer with a BA in Creative Writing and an MA in Rhetoric and Composition. She started out as a freelance editor and grant writer, worked in academic writing centers, taught both creative writing and composition classes, and has written for 8 of Cricket Media’s 11 magazines. Now, as editor of Spider magazine, she helps authors craft children’s media to introduce her readers to a blend of classic and contemporary literature, to new cultures and ideas, and to children just like them. With childlike delight, she and her talented design team strive to publish the slimiest, wackiest, and most enchanting stories, poems, activities, and comics they possibly can.

Website: https://www.jestineware.com/

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/jestineware

Editing with Lisa L. Owens

Editing webinar with Lisa L. Owens
Join us as we chat with editor Lisa L. Owens about editing as it relates to pre-published authors preparing to query. For indie authors, she will explain how to find and work with an editor.
AUDIENCE: Writers and Illustrators

DATE AND TIME: May 10 at 7pm central

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Lisa L. Owens has worked in children’s publishing for 25 years. She is the editor of hundreds of books and the author of 100 (and counting) children’s titles. Her most recent book is Attack on Pearl Harbor (Lerner, 2018). Lisa enjoys sharing tales from the trenches and can’t wait to talk with KidLit Nation about the various ways children’s authors work with editorial professionals. Find her online at llowens.comowenseditorialink.com, and @LisaLOwens.

Diversity in Kidlit with Tanusri Prasanna

Webinar: Diversity in Kidlit with Tanusri Prasanna
Join us as we chat with Agent Tanusri Prasanna of Foundry Literary + Media about diversity in children’s literature and what she’s looking to acquire.
AUDIENCE: Writers and Illustrators

DATE AND TIME: February 28, 12 pm CST

Being a Work for Hire Author with Rachel Ruiz

Webinar: being a work for hire author with Rachel Ruiz

Rachel Ruiz will discuss the ins and outs of being a Work For Hire author including her personal experience.


DATE AND TIME: March 28, 7 pm CST

Rachel Ruiz - Author

Rachel Ruiz is the author of several children’s books. She was inspired to write her first picture book, When Penny met POTUS, after working for Barack Obama on his re-election campaign in 2012.   When Rachel isn’t writing books, she writes and produces TV shows and documentaries. She lives in her hometown of Chicago with her husband and their daughter.

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