Let’s be honest, writing can be sometimes frustrating at its best, and daunting at its worst. I have sat staring at a computer screen with
Author: Paul Czajak
Let’s Get Serious about Laughing
Lots of people tell me I’m funny. Okay, some people tell me I’m funny. Fine, my mom tells me I’m funny. Either way, putting comedy
When to Say NO
Here is a riddle for you. What is harder than obtaining a publishing contract in the children’s book world? Saying no to said contract. I
Me? A Mentor for Writing with the Stars?
Ever since my first SCBWI conference I have touted the importance of attending these functions to every writer who asks me how to get published.
Monster Needs an Interview!
In honor of the release of Monster Needs to Go to School, the sixth book in the Monster&Me series published by Mighty Media Press, I wanted
From Picture Books to Young Adult: A Transition into Madness!
Okay I might be exaggerating a tiny bit with the title of this blog, but it is an intimidating transition nonetheless. I am a picture
The Good, the Bad, and the Celebrity Picture Book
An Open Letter to Celebrity Children’s Book Writers My wife did something shocking that rocked the foundation of our marriage. A betrayal so heinous I
Being Creative on Demand
What happens when you, the type of writer who writes solely from inspiration, is asked by your publisher to write about a topic you never
NESCBWI 2015 Conference: And My Fantasy Acceptance Speech
I just returned from the 2015 NESCBWI conference a couple of weeks ago and like always, it was fantastic! How many times do you get to
Kids Need Monstrous Words!
Procrastination, negotiation, dramatically, in-lieu; these are words that you probably would not expect to appear in a picture book. Which, in my opinion, is unfortunate.
The Slush Pile on the Shelf
By Paul Czajak Slush pile. Two words writers hate. So much so that I use it like a swear, “What the Slush pile!!” But it is
The Deep Breath Before the Plunge
Right now I sit in my house and it is silent. A silence that some have described as the deep breath before the plunge. Well,