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Pacing Picture Books: Visual Tools

Pacing Picture Books: Verbal Tools, Part 1

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Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market Article

"Pacing Picture Books: The 20 Ultimate

Editing Tools for Your Work," p. 35

  • Jodell Sadler


    Jodell earned her MFA in Children's Writing from Hamline University. She is the author of Picture Book Lunch: 20 Tools for Pacing and Writing Picture Books to Wow, and has produced five Writer's Digest University Tutorials on Children's Writing. Her published articles include Picture Book Pacing: Verbal and Visual Tools for Writers, and Picture Book Pacing: The ultimate 20 editing tools for your work, in the Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, 2011 and 2013, respectively.


    Jodell is interested in YA, MG (especially funny) , fiction and nonfiction, book proposals, and picture books. She will also coach writers wanting to self publish.  She simply loves a well-paced story that moves her between joy and tears.


    She lives in the Rockton area with her husband, four kids, four cats, bearded dragon, parakeet, and new pup, Rosie.


    For more about Jodell, visit:




Writing Articles

Censorship : an unnecessary evil 

Portrait of  the Reader as a Young Child



"Ruth Page, Once Upon a Dancer"

Cine Award

"Love Hurts" — ABC AfterSchool drama

National Emmy Nomination

"Rhythm and Jam" music show

  • Loretta Caravette


    Loretta earned her MFA in Children's Writing from Hamline University. She was a television producer for twenty years, receiving an Emmy for "Ruth Page, Once Upon a Dancer," Cine Award for ABC AfterSchool drama "Love Hurts," and National Emmy nomination for music show, "Rhythm and Jam."


    Loretta specializes in MG fiction and early readers, and will focus on film rights management. Her academic article, Portrait of the Reader as a Young Child, was published in Children & Libraries: the Journal of the Association for Library Services to Children.


    She lives in the Chicago area with her sweetheart, chickens, ducks, honeybees, cat, Goldie, and dog, named Marco.


    For more about Loretta, visit:



Literary Attorney

Sadler-Caravette Children's Literary works exclusively with Literary Attorney, Amy Laughlin, for legal questions.  Please feel free to contact her directly for agreements, contract negotiations, media rights, and literary concerns. She is a joy to work with and someone you can trust for all your literary needs.

  • Amy Laughlin


    Literary Attorney, Amy Laughlin, is a writer and reader of fiction, mother of two boys, runner, hiker and avid traveler. She has been achieving exceptional results for clients since 1992. After graduating with honors from The University of Michigan Law School, Amy joined the San Francisco office of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, where, she counseled corporations and individuals in a wide range of complex commercial matters. After law school, Amy obtained her M.F.A. in Writing Creative Fiction for Children & Young Adults. She is the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators for the region of San Francisco to Monterey, where she facilitates the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, publishers, agents and others who are involved in the creation of literature for young people. For more about Amy, visit http://www.amylaughlinlegal.com.

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