Authors’ & Illustrators’ Resources

[this list was compiled February, 2007  with the help of CWLL BC members. This list is also a work in progress.]


publisher information

-publisher search resource

Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) list of publishers
-a list of links to Canadian publishers.

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre Get Published! Kit
-contains advice on submitting manuscripts and portfolios, a list of Canadian publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts, and more
-price is listed on the CCBC website

Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia website
-plenty of good information and resources to do with getting published

writing advice

CWILL BC Manuscript Consultants list
-a list of CWILL BC authors who offer manuscript consulting services (all genres).

Highlights Foundation
-lists of articles from the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua by writers, editors and others involved in the children’s writing business.

Hope Vestergaard
-articles about writing for children, getting published etc etc… and etc… , by Hope Vestergaard
-Articles on writing non fiction for kids by author and CWILL BC member Fiona Bayrock’s website. (CWILL BC profile)

The Purple Crayon
-industry information and articles

writing advice – picture books

Notes on Writing a Picture Book
-by Marisa Montes

Picture Books – Plan, Polish, and Publish: One Writer’s Method
by Dori Chaconas

writing advice – poetry

Icing the Cake: Writing Stories in Rhythm and Rhyme
-articles about writing in rhyme by Dori Chaconas

Poetry Lessons
-by Lill Pluta

-an company offering self-publishing and print-on-demand services.

The Editors’ Assocation of Canada has a searchable database of editors.
This is a direct link to the Editors’ Assocation of Canada BC job hotline for new writers looking for editors.
SCBWI West Editorial Workshop Series where you can get your Query Letter, Synopsis, Picture Book or Y/A Manuscript evaluated and edited by professional editors.

Colin Thomas
– substantive editing from an experienced editor and award-winning
children’s writer. “My job is to help you to unlock the full potential of
your story.”

Kallie George
-will review board books, picture books, early chapter books and novels. Fees determined per project.
(CWILL BC profile)


Writing for Kids and Teens, Marion Crook, Self-Counsel Press
-a great ‘how to write and get published’ resource

Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market
-an excellent industry reference book with articles and listings of publishers and their submission requirements.

Picture Writing by Anastasia Suen, Writer’s Digest Books

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books (2nd Ed), by Harold Underdown


CWILL BC Society 
-Children’s Writers and Illustrators of British Columbia Society – an association of published British Columbian authors and illustrators

CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators, and Performers)
-based in Toronto
-join as Friend (associate member) or Member. Click on ‘Links and Resources’ and ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ for more information.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
-an American professional organization similar to CANSCAIP based in Los Angeles with a membership of over 19,000. Full membership benefits extend to unpublished writers. They now have an active Western Canada branch based here in Vancouver.

Vancouver Children’s Literature Roundtable
-a well-organized and fun organization with a membership of approximately 450 people who love children’s books. Typical members including teacher librarians, publishers, authors and illustrators. Join for $20 annually. Receive discounts to speaker breakfasts, the Serendipity conference and other events. There are chapters across Canada.

Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)
-a national not-for-profit organization and registered charity founded to promote, support and encourage the reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian books for children and teens.
-join and receive their magazine, plus support materials for authors, including Canadian publisher info.


SCBWI (Society of Book Writers and Illustrators) conferences:
Western Washington chapter of SCBWI  annual conference for all skill levels, with presentations, panels, workshops, and critiques by editors, agents, and published authors.
Where: Seattle
When: each April
SCBWI Canada Conferences
SCBWI International Conferences

Surrey International Writing Conference
Where: Surrey, BC

Vancouver Children’s Literary Roundtable events
Annual events, open to the public, featuring various representatives of the literary profession from writers to illustrators to editorial directors.
Where: Vancouver, BC
Fall: Author/Illustrator fall breakfast
Spring: Author/Illustrator Breakfast
Spring: Serendipity

The Vancouver International Writers & Readers Festival
Where: Vancouver, BC
When: mid October

The Word on the Street
 – National Book & Magazine Festival
Where: Lethbridge, Saskatoon, Kitchener, Toronto, Halifax
When: oSeptember

Word Vancouver – Western Canada’s celebration of literacy and reading
Where: Vancouver, BC
When: September


Many CWILL BC members do speaking engagements and workshops at schools and libraries and the CWILL BC website offers a comprehensive list of the authors and illustrators who offer these services. Check out the entire speaker’s list here. Or use the search function to find the right speaker for your class.