Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 1, 2009

Special Announcement for Picture Book Writers


Simone Kaplan has worked as a children’s book editor at major publishing houses like HarperCollins and Henry Holt & Co.  For over twenty years she has…
Helped authors understand the strengths and weaknesses of their
Showed authors how to make their manuscripts publishable
Helped authors develop their manuscripts
Showed authors how to refine their writing
Had in-depth conversations with authors to help them uncover the heart of the story they’re trying to tell

If you want to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your manuscript, if you want to know how to make it more marketable, if you want to become a better writer, you might want to talk with Simon.  She is offering to talk with you about your picture book free for 15 minutes.

Make an appointment before September 15th to receive
a complimentary consultation.

I would be interested in hearing back from any of you who talk with Simon. I plan to talk with her to see what she has to say, too.


  1. I am very interested in this session. Please let me know further details.

    Thank you,
    Cindy Parisi


    • Cindy,

      All you have to do it click the link and fill out the information. Simone will give you a call. I would be ready with a blurb to explain your book. Also Simone is coming out to our Picture Book Intensive on November 15th in Princeton, NJ if you decide to sign up for that.



  2. I would love to meet Simone and see what she thinks of my writing. I’m not sure where she will be, I live by Flemington and Somerville. If there are any spots still available please let me know.
    Kathy Kosinski


    • Kathy,

      You can click on the link and set up a telephone conversation with Simone. And/or you can sign up for the November 15th Picture Book Intensive and have a chance to sit with Simone in Princeton, NJ.



  3. When and where is Simone offering to consult on Picture books? I am very interested and live in Ridgewood, NJ. I have authored 10 short picture books but have not had success with literary agents or publishers. Any advice is very appreciated! Thank you for your time,


    • Deidre,

      You can just click on the link and set up a telephone call with her. If you would like to meet her in person, then you can sign up for the NJSCBWI Picture Book Intensive on November 15th in Princeton, NJ. Simone is joining us and will be meeting with people there.



  4. I am very eager to take the workshop. I am over a year making revisions as a first time writer to a couple of books I wrote I would love some feedback as to the whole process. It is rather overwhelming not knowing what to change and what direction to move forward in.
    Geraldine Cotter


    • Geraldine,

      Are you signed up to come on November 15th? I haven’t seen the list, yet. It will be great to meet you if you are joining us. It should be a good day.



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