Wanting to write a children's book is a fun dream. But it doesn't have to stay one.
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The KidLit Lab is your one stop shop to get your dream of writing a children's picture book out of your head and on to the page—and I'm going to walk with you every step of the way.
The KidLit Lab Manuscript Masterclass
Ready to pursue your dream?
At some point in the kidlit journey, we all realize that writing for children is a whole lot harder than it looks. Maybe you...
Here you are
going to state the challenges and frustrations
Know you have a solid idea, but don't know where to begin.
How do you format it? How many words should it be? How should it start? Should you rhyme? Repeat? How do you write a powerful ending?
Have a manuscript but you want to improve it so it's ready for publication. Writing isn't like math, you don't just do 2+2=4 and know you have the right answer. How do you know what will have a child reading your book again and again?
Have many ideas but don't know which one to pursue. How do you know which one the market needs? Which ones are editors looking for? What would be most helpful to the readers you want to reach?
Know you're sitting on a goldmine of a manuscript but don't know what to do next. How do you find an illustrator? What are your publishing options besides going to the local Kinkos?
II'm a bestselling, award-winning children's picture book author, and I want to help you. Plus, as the Co-founder and Executive Director of Risen Motherhood, I see hundreds of the best children's books each year and I evaluate them to decide what to recommend to the hundreds of thousands of moms in the RM community, and what goes back on the shelf. I love books, and I might just love seeing books come to life even more.
've written three children's books: the bestselling, Any Time, Any Place, Any Prayer, which was the winner of the Christianity Today's Children and Youth Book of the Year, and a finalist for the ECPA's Children's Book of the Year, the bestselling, Like Me: A Story About Disability and Discovering God's Image In Every Person, and A World Wonder, forthcoming in March 2024."
I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember. In fact, in first grade, I won my first writing award after I entered my story, "Mackenzie's Dog Goldie" in an AT&T writing contest. I still have the certificate and ribbon. (I'm thinking about putting them up on my office wall.) Since that day, I dreamed of being a children's picture book author, but I never actually thought it would happen. But by God's grace, I got where I am today. Now, I get emails and dm's every week from people just like you who are looking for advice and help at various stages of their author journey, but typically their questions require more than what a quick email or dm can accomplish. So, I built this masterclass to answer all the most common questions people have (and the ones they haven't thought of yet). Think of this like my brain in a bottle, the Manuscript Masterclass takes all my best tips and brings them straight to you.
"With each new module drop, I raced to soak up her expertise! The content was formatted into doable steps and weekly goals so that it didn’t seem overwhelming; I’ve truly never had so much fun with writing!"
Your one-stop shop for writing that children's book you've always dreamed of.
THERE'S NOTHING LIKE SEEING YOUR IDEA BECOME REALITY, HERE'S HOW WE'RE GOING TO DO IT.
Note: Due to time constraints, I am unable to offer feedback or editing on your specific manuscript / story ideas.
*Note: As mentioned, this e-course is for writing and honing in on an incredible children's book manuscript, therefore we will not be covering publishing in-depth. But because I am asked this question so often, I wanted to include an interview with a publisher to understand what a path to traditional publishing looks like. We will discuss this further (and other paths to publishing) in the module.
and that's not all...
The course is informative and encouraging. Laura is knowledgable, fun, and honest while also providing great interviews with fellow KidLit colleagues."
"I enjoyed every minute spent working through the masterclass!"
"This course was so helpful to provide the beginnings of a framework for me to approach my writing."
"Laura strikes just the right balance between giving instruction, being informative and providing inspiration."
"Laura is like a big sister who's been there before, warmly guiding you through every module."
"Makes your manuscripts 100% better!"
You shouldn't have to feel lost as you write your children's book.
While I won't pretend the actual process of writing a children's book is easy (It isn't! And it's not for everyone!) you don't have to flounder. The KidLit Manuscript Masterclass is designed to give you confidence in writing a good, true, and beautiful story that will have kids coming back to your book again and again.
let me, help you, help you
"Your downloadable resources were wonderful—worth the cost of the course alone! I will refer back your teaching in this course for years to come."
We're all incredible writers in our heads. Let me help you be incredible on the page.
I want you to be 100% confident when you invest in The KidLit Manuscript. That’s why I'm offering you a 7-day money back guarantee! If you're feeling like The KidLit Manuscript Masterclass isn't helping you in your children's book writing journey, you're free to cancel, no questions asked.
The KidLit Lab will run for five weeks. You can expect the content to take about 30 min - 1 hour to get through each week, plus, my hope is that you'll also take time to implement what you're learning on the fly. In addition, there will be a 1 hour live group coaching call each week. BUT I don't want time to be a barrier so you can absoutely go at-your-own-pace. You'll have access to the course long after the five weeks are over, so you can take your time (and still hop on the group calls or watch the replays!), re-listen to the material, and implement as it works for your life.
Frequently Asked Questions
Lifetime access! Once you purchase, you can go back and watch it as much as you'd like for the lifetime of the course. You'll also get access to any future new content for free, if it's added.
Unfortunately, while I would love to, I'm just not able to do this due to time constraints. But I will offer third-party resources for you if that's something you desire.
This cohort is designed for group coaching and at this time. If you'd like to meet with me 1:1 you can do that here. You will definitely have time to ask me your questions and I'll be highly available to you throughout the course!
The masterclass will start on October 23, 2023 and run for five consecutive weeks. The cart opens to purchase your spot on October 16, 2023 and will be open one week.
I currently don't have any plans re-open enrollment in this masterclass any time soon. I plan to devote the most attention to this first round of enrollees that will ever be offered. If it does come back in the future, I also plan to raise the price, so this is the best time to get in on the deal.
Technically, yes! But because I want you to learn as much as possible, I'm only going to be granting access to one to two modules at a time. I'll be dripping out content each week so that we can work together, discussing what you're learning during the five weekly live group coaching calls. My hope is this will allow you to practice what you're learning along with each module, then be able to ask me specific questions related to that week's content during our live calls.
No problem! I'm offering a a 7-day money back guarantee! I want you to be 100% confident when you invest in The KidLit Lab. If you enroll and realize it's not for you, I'll refund it.
Nope! It's all included.
Both! There will be all sorts of information and tips for anyone who wants to write for children, no matter their genre.
Nope! You can think of this a bit like “faith-based." While I think what sets this course apart is the fact that we're coming at the topic from a Christian angle, it's not heavy-handed and anyone can learn from it.
It was such a gift to be able to talk through the content with Laura, who is absolutely lovely and has so many compelling thoughts. I have come away inspired and would totally recommend this course.