Essential Qualities of a Good Leader in Business Today


August 9, 2020 at 9:23 pm





Singapore’s leading monthlies, interviews yogi, mystic and visionary, Sadhguru, on the essential qualities of a good leader in today’s world of rapid change and shifting fortunes. Sadhguru explores the 3 I’s which ensure great leadership, and looks at the greater global role that economic leaders will play in the coming years.

Q: What would you say are the essential qualities of a good leader?


A leader is someone who has insight into the situation in which he exists; he sees what others are not able to see. If one is able to pay enough attention, there is nothing in the universe that is not open to you. But not everybody has the same level of attention to details. He must be a symbol of integrity and must be able to inspire the best in those around him. Being an inspiration need not necessarily mean that a leader has to be very charismatic or flamboyant. Many inspire others simply out of their absolute commitment to what they do, for example, Mahatma Gandhi, who managed to move millions of people simply because of an extraordinary sense of commitment. So, it’s the three Is: Insight, Integrity and Inspiration. Maybe that means he needs a third eye!

Leadership & Economic Sustainability

Q: Specifically, it is business leadership that forms a large part of your work. Why is this area so important at this time?


A few hundred years ago, religious leadership was the most dominant leadership on the planet. As machinery came, it was military leadership. In the last hundred years, democratically elected leadership became the dominant force. In 15 to 20 years, it will be economic leadership. But till now, business leaders have only thought of profit. Their roles are becoming so big that it’s no more about running businesses; they are actually making nations and creating a world. So, my work has been to constantly remind them that it’s time they move from personal ambitions to a larger vision. More inclusive economics needs to happen.

When I was at the World Economic Forum in Davos, I kept hearing people refer to Asia as an “emerging market” and I said it’s time to stop referring to Asia as that because the continent is made up of people. If you see them as a market place, you will see how to exploit it. But if you see and experience them as people, you will see how to develop their entire situation and a market will develop out of that.

Q: A lot of big businesses are putting more into their corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts these days. Can this be enough or is this just step one?

Sadhguru: I’m infamous for continuously talking against CSR, because in my mind the business itself should be socially responsible and not just that two percent of earnings that gets channeled to CSR. If you run businesses in a more inclusive manner, you don’t need this CSR fund that you keep aside. Your quarterly balance sheet may be a little lower, but at the rate you will be able to grow, that can be increased. Business is about expansion, not only accumulating profits. And that is what will make the business very strong and on a stronger base.

Good Leaders & Great Leaders: The Difference

Q: Say I’m a corporate leader who wants to do good, what advice would you give me?

Sadhguru: The first time I was at the World Economic Forum, some people were almost resentful that I, a mystic, was at a business meeting. One of them was a CEO of a major computer hardware company. I asked him what he does. He said: “We produce computers.” So, I told him, whether you produce a computer, safety pin, spacecraft or a car, essentially the basic business you are in is human wellbeing and that is my business too. What a corporate leader needs to understand is that regardless of the nature of his business, essentially it is useful to the people on the planet. With that consciousness, that business is all he needs to do and it can be done in a way that is beneficial to a huge number of people. It’s like that African saying: “When a lion feeds, every creature gets to eat.” A businessperson need not start a school or orphanage. I’m not saying they should not. What I’m saying is that, that is not the important thing. So, my question to you is this: Are you doing something for your satisfaction or are you seeking a solution to the problems of the world? CSR seems more for personal satisfaction.

Managing Yourself

Q: How does one know when they have reached that point in their lives when they have attained and achieved enough?

Sadhguru: They’ll clearly know it because when they reach it, they’ll be dead! In human life, there is no such thing as attaining enough or achieving enough. Maybe with possessions, you can say: “Okay, I have a nice home and this is enough for me.” But life is an endless possibility. The only question is, are you being driven by something or are you driving your life? Desires drive people: desire to possess, desire to achieve, desire to be recognized. If today you desire a new smartphone, tomorrow you’ll want something else. If I give you the whole planet and make you the queen, will you be fulfilled? No, you’ll want the moon and the stars. That is why turning inwards is very important. You’ll do things more consciously. Right now, the world is functioning compulsively and that’s our problem.

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Chapter 3: Offering Shelter or Adopting?


September 29, 2019 at 6:33 am





Once he saw her reaction, Sheng Xiao put a hand on his knee and looked at her interestedly, “My wound is torn open because of you! Shouldn’t you help me?”

Mu Qiqi could see the blood soaking his pants and quickly said, “I’ll bandage it.”

She got down to her knees. The light of the moon shone upon them alongside the yellow bed light.

In the darkness, Sheng Xiao’s lips curled into a smile, his sharp eyes presenting him as if he was the most perfect of vampires. Watching as she lowered her head, he asked, “The young mistress of the Mu family, now an escort?”

Mu Qiqi could not answer. She gulped, feeling something scalding in her throat.

Sheng Xiao reached for her neck directly then. “I can help you,” he told her, “Since Huang Yao could afford to feed another mouth. But if you come with me, you would have to forget who you were—I would never help some ungrateful thing.”

Mu Qiqi feared his eyes for they were sharp, confident and hawkish. But she had to face it.”

“Why… Why would you help me?”

Sheng Xiao grinned devilishly as he inched closer, almost reaching the tip of her nose. “Because it’s fun.”

In the next moment, however, he let her go. “Bandage it well,” he said. “If it tears again, I’ll eat you up.”

Mo Qiqi could not understand Sheng Xiao at all, nor did she had the bravery to do so. All she knew that she was too scared, even if she was on the receiving end of another person’s sympathy.

But he did tell her to follow him…

Could she do that?

Moments later, after Mu Qiqi had finished bandaging him and tidied his clothing, Sheng Xiao asked her suddenly, “Does it look good down there?”

Mu Qiqi thought that he was talking about him taking his pants off back in the clinic. She blushed.

“I… I didn’t do that on purpose,” she mumbled vaguely, “it was an emergency, you needed help…”

“I’m talking about the floor. Are you going to keep looking down there?”

Mu Qiqi was speechless.

He laughed at her reaction, and rose to his feet to sit on the room’s couch instead. “If you continue being so adorable, I might really eat you up, you know?”

Mu Qiqi stood up as well. Her wariness was reduced a little as she watched him.

As he measured her, Sheng Xiao suddenly felt sleepy and so simply pulled off the sheets over the bed. “Sleep, there’s still things for tomorrow…”

Without instructions where she should sleep and with only one bed in the entire room, Mu Qiqi could only rest on the couch—but she did not believe she could fall asleep.

What right did she have to follow the man?

Everyone in Jianchuan knew that the Mu family and the Sheng family shared a blood feud. And yet, she was now saved by the son of a sworn enemy.

Moreover, what could Sheng Xiao have in store for her?

After a night of troubled thoughts, Mu Qiqi was jolted awake by someone washing up in the bathroom. She promptly sat up on the couch, only to find Sheng Xiao’s assistant standing in a corner.

“It’s time to leave, Miss Mu,” he told her.

“Where are we going?” She asked, puzzled.

“Naturally, somewhere you should be…”

Sheng Xiao was twenty-six and the eighth child of the Sheng family. He was called the Crown Prince by others because his father currently manages Huang Yao, but everyone would say that he was a bad apple, not just personality-wise—rumor has it that he treated everyone hostilely and often did things on a whim.

Especially sinister things.

Nonetheless, no one across the entire Sheng family could restrain him, and was therefore left at large.

Mu Qiqi recalled all that inside Sheng Xiao’s car—which naturally was not the wrecked sports car.

“Where… where are we going?”

“You’ll know when we get there.”

Jing Yun, Sheng Xiao’s assistant had tended to him since a young age and was like a brother to him.

Naturally, he would never dare to overstep his boundaries.

On the other hand, Mu Qiqi was fidgeting and afraid to ask Sheng Xiao who sat beside the driver until… they reached somewhere familiar.

It was actually her aunt’s house!

Mu Qiqi did not know what Sheng Xiao was doing and simply alighted when he did.

Her aunt dove toward her in tears once she saw her. “My child, my poor child… It’s my fault… I can’t wait to kill that scumbag uncle of yours!”

Mu Qiqi’s uncle was utterly confused when he saw her.

Wasn’t she supposed to be sold off to some big boss? Could it be that she was returned because they weren’t happy with her?

That wasn’t right.

He naturally recognized Sheng Xiao who was leaning on the white sedan.

What was the Crown Prince of the Sheng family doing here?

Nonetheless, knowing that he could not afford to provoke such a person, he welcomed Sheng Xiao with a smile. “Thank you, Young Master Sheng, for bringing our Qiqi back to us…”

“Bringing her back? Not quite…” Sheng Xiao shook his head at Mu Qiqi’s uncle. “I just want to tell you that you can’t afford to provoke her from now on.”

“That’s very funny, Young Master Sheng. But that’s the daughter of your blood enemy we’re talking about…”

“And didn’t the Mu family disown her?” With those words, Sheng Xiao turned towards Mu Qiqi. “This scumbag sold you off yesterday. How’d you think you should repay him? Hmm?”

In that split second, Mu Qiqi understood why Sheng Xiao had brought her here.

Still, she had not learned to be ruthless being young as she is!

“Anything goes?” She asked carefully.

“Except murder.” Sheng Xiao shrugged. “Think carefully. If you spare him and he sells you off again, I’m not going to save you.”

Mu Qiqi’s uncle felt his legs go soft when he heard those words. “Young Master Sheng,” he quickly said, “Spare me, I wasn’t thinking straight, I didn’t know that you and Qiqi… have that kind of relationship… I’ll return the money, just spare me… I’m on my knees!”

In the end, peasants never raised their heads against nobility—but being a smart one, Mu Qiqi’s uncle knew that she would not lift a finger against him since she was just an eighteen-year-old girl.

He was wrong.

Remembering her humiliation yesterday and disgusted by her uncle, Mu Qiqi simply could not keep it inside. Hence, mustering her courage, she told Sheng Xiao, ‘I want him gone from Jianchuan. I don’t want to see him ever again.”

Sheng Xiao smiled. “And here I thought there would be amputation involved… but at least you spoke out. Mu Qiqi, from today onwards you’re my partner-in-crime! You’re a little evil now… I like it.”

With that, he gestured for her to get in the car again while instructing Jing Yun, “Make that scumbag disappear. Bring Mu Qiqi’s aunt along too, it’ll be easier to take care of her that way.”

“Understood, Young Master. You should return to Jianchuan now.” Jing Yun reminded him.

Sheng Xiao was delayed considerably because of Mu Qiqi. Both Master and Madam were asking for him, only for him to offer shelter to the daughter of a sworn enemy.

“By the way, vacate the house in the Jianchuan suburbs for them to live in.”

Wasn’t that a little more than offering shelter, and quite simply adopting?



Book Giveaway: I Am Here Now by Barbara Bottner



July 28, 2020 at 12:04 am


Kathy Temean


Barbara Bottner

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Novel in Verse



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Young Adult Novel


Fifty Shades of GreyAlternative



Milirtary release 2019


:I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair-it justwon’t behave, and damn Katherine Kavanagh for being ill and subjecting me tothis ordeal. I should be studying for my final exams, which are next week, yethere I am trying to brush my hair into submission. I must not sleep with itwet. I must not sleep with it wet. Reciting this mantra several times, Iattempt, once more, to bring it under control with the brush.

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I scowl with frustration at myself in the mirror. Damn my hair-it justwon’t behave, and damn Katherine Kavanagh for being ill and subjecting me tothis ordeal. I should be studying for my final exams, which are next week, yethere I am trying to brush my hair into submission. I must not sleep with itwet. I must not sleep with it wet. Reciting this mantra several times, Iattempt, once more, to bring it under control with the brush. I roll my eyes inexasperation and gaze at the pale, brown-haired girl with blue eyes too big forher face staring back at me, and give up. My only option is to restrain mywayward hair in a ponytail and hope that I look semi presentable.Kate is my roommate, and she has chosen today of all days to succumb tothe flu.Therefore, she cannot attend the interview she’d arranged to do, withsome mega-industri-alist tycoon I’ve never heard of, for the student newspaper.So I have been volunteered. I have final exams to cram for, one essay tofinish, and I’m supposed to be working this afternoon, but no-today I have todrive a hundred and sixty-five miles to downtown Seattle in order to meet theenigmatic CEO of Grey Enterprises Holdings Inc. As an exceptional entrepreneurand major benefactor of our University, his time is extraordinarilyprecious-much more precious than mine-but he has granted Kate an interview. Areal coup, she tells me. Damn her extra-curricular activities.Kate is huddled on the couch in the living room.”Ana, I’m sorry. It took me nine months to get this interview. It willtake another six to reschedule, and we’ll both have graduated by then. As theeditor, I can’t blow this off. Please,” Kate begs me in her rasping, sorethroat voice. How does she do itEven ill she looks gamine and gorgeous,strawberry blonde hair in place and green eyes bright, although now red-rimmedand runny. I ignore my pang of unwelcome sympathy.”Of course I’ll go Kate. You should get back to bed. Would you like someNyquil or Tylenol?””Nyquil, please. Here are the questions and my mini-disc recorder. Justpress record here. Make notes, I’ll transcribe it all.””I know nothing about him,” I murmur, trying and failing to suppress myrising panic.”The questions will see you through. Go. It’s a long drive. I don’t wantyou to be late.””Okay, I’m going. Get back to bed. I made you some soup to heat uplater.” I stare at her fondly. Only for you, Kate, would I do this.”I will. Good luck. And thanks Ana-as usual, you’re my lifesaver.”Gathering my satchel, I smile wryly at her, then head out the door to thecar. I cannot believe I have let Kate talk me into this. But then Kate can talkanyone into anything.She’ll make an exceptional journalist. She’s articulate, strong,persuasive, argumentative, beautiful-and she’s my dearest, dearest friend.The roads are clear as I set off from Vancouver, WA toward Portland andthe I-5. It’s early, and I don’t have to be in Seattle until two thisafternoon. Fortunately, Kate’s lent me her sporty Mercedes CLK. I’m not sureWanda, my old VW Beetle, would make the journey in time. Oh, the Merc is a fundrive, and the miles slip away as I floor the pedal to the metal.My destination is the headquarters of Mr. Grey’s global enterprise. It’sa huge twenty-story office building, all curved glass and steel, an architect’sutilitarian fantasy, with Grey House written discreetly in steel over the glassfront doors. It’s a quarter to two when I arrive, greatly relieved that I’m notlate as I walk into the enormous-and frankly intimidating-glass, steel, andwhite sandstone lobby.Behind the solid sandstone desk, a very attractive, groomed, blonde youngwoman smiles pleasantly at me. She’s wearing the sharpest charcoal suit jacketand white shirt I have ever seen. She looks immaculate.”I’m here to see Mr. Grey. Anastasia Steele for Katherine Kavanagh.””Excuse me one moment, Miss Steele.” She arches her eyebrow slightly as Istand self-consciously before her. I am beginning to wish I’d borrowed one ofKate’s formal blazers rather than wear my navy blue jacket. I have made aneffort and worn my one and only skirt, my sensible brown knee-length boots anda blue sweater. For me, this is smart. I tuck one of the escaped tendrils of myhair behind my ear as I pretend she doesn’t intimidate me.”Miss Kavanagh is expected. Please sign in here, Miss Steele. You’ll wantthe last elevator on the right, press for the twentieth floor.” She smileskindly at me, amused no doubt, as I sign in.She hands me a security pass that has VISITOR very firmly stamped on thefront. I can’t help my smirk. Surely it’s obvious that I’m just visiting. Idon’t fit in here at all.Nothing changes, I inwardly sigh. Thanking her, I walk over to the bankof elevators past the two security men who are both far more smartly dressedthan I am in their well-cut black suits.The elevator whisks me with terminal velocity to the twentieth floor. Thedoors slide open, and I’m in another large lobby-again all glass, steel, andwhite sandstone. I’m confronted by another desk of sandstone and another youngblonde woman dressed impeccably in black and white who rises to greet me.”Miss Steele, could you wait here, please?” She points to a seated areaof white leather chairs.Behind the leather chairs is a spacious glass-walled meeting room with anequally spacious dark wood table and at least twenty matching chairs around it.Beyond that, there is a floor-to-ceiling window with a view of the Seattleskyline that looks out through the city toward the Sound. It’s a stunningvista, and I’m momentarily paralyzed by the view. Wow.I sit down, fish the questions from my satchel, and go through them,inwardly curs-ing Kate for not providing me with a brief biography. I knownothing about this man I’m about to interview. He could be ninety or he couldbe thirty. The uncertainty is galling, and my nerves resurface, making mefidget. I’ve never been comfortable with one-on-one interviews, preferring theanonymity of a group discussion where I can sit inconspicuously at the back ofthe room. To be honest, I prefer my own company, reading a classic Britishnovel, curled up in a chair in the campus library. Not sitting twitchingnervously in a colos-sal glass and stone edifice.

: The things you recognise when you’re easily cold



 January 21, 2021 at 8:00 am




Cold,Recognisable, Winter



It’s winter, meaning that the temperature drops to a point where it may cause snow to fall or ice to form. Most people hate winter, but I myself love it. Then there’s also the kind of people who do love winter, but tremble easily thanks to the cold. And if you’re one of those people, this article will be nothing but recognition for you! So, let’s get started before you freeze!

1. You’re always near the heater

It doesn’t matter where you are: once there’s a heater in sight, you rush to hug the warmth. You’re also the one who always warms their hands before joining any classes or who warms their feet before getting to work. I get it, the heater is your best friend in the winter. Just make sure you keep an eye on your bill.

2. Multiple layers of clothing

It doesn’t matter wherever you are or wherever you go, you always make sure to wear multiple layers of clothing before heading out. But, that’s also an issue for you: no matter how many layers you wear, you always end up feeling cold anyway. You can’t do much about it, only accept.

3. It’s always warm in your home

Friends, family, anyone who visits your home says they feel like they’re joining a sauna. If anyone wants tropical temperatures during the winter, they best visit you. And if they complain about it being too hot, they can leave. No way you’ll turn the heat down. You can finally walk around normally without freezing. You put yourself first and that’s what counts.

4. Your favourite film is Frozen

Why? Well, that seems very logical, doesn’t it? There’s no one else like Elsa (even Anna) who’ll understand your pain when you’re cold

5. Showering with hot water

In summer, you might enjoy a cold shower, but definitely not in the winter. Not even in fall. The warmer the water, the more you’ll enjoy your relaxation time in the shower.

6. Hot chocolate and a blanket

No matter what you’re doing, girls night or a night to yourself: people will always find you hiding under a blanket. And of course, with a cup of hot chocolate in your cold hands. You literally do anything to stay warm.

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Legend of Fei 电视剧版有匪 Episode 41 Recap

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Legend of Fei 电视剧版有匪 Episode 41 Recap

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Love Script 她和他的恋爱剧本 Episode 14 Recap

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How to Find Your Story by Mira Reisberg



December 14, 2020 at 12:04 am


Kathy Temean

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Hello, Creatives! Want to focus elsewhere for a little–how about exploring the way to find and craft your kidlit stories? Humans are wired for narrative. We see evidence of this in cave paintings–even before we had written words, we wanted to tell stories.

However, storytelling doesn’t always come naturally to everyone (and luckily these days we have much more to talk about than the thrill of the hunt). Here are some thoughts we had about finding inspiration and motivation to get the proverbial ball rolling on finding and telling your story. Bear in mind also, that these suggestions aren’t in order. Maybe you’ll find some are more helpful than others. Just take what works for you and use it when it works, ditch the rest and get to storytelling!

* Believe You Have A Story To Tell

Maybe part of your story is that you think your ideas are unoriginal or mundane. In psychology it’s called a “limiting belief” – that feeling that you’re not good enough to deserve attention. So just get that idea out of the way. Don’t judge your stories. Give your memories and ideas a chance to live a little before you label them insignificant.

* Create a List or Story Map To Generate New Story Ideas and Details

Be ready to capture stories or scenes. Carry a small notebook. Take notes in an app on your phone. Capture story inspiration in photographs, video, or with a voice recorder. This way, the raw material for your stories will be ready, available, and within reach when you are.

* Tap Your Time Machine

All it takes is a song, a smell, the sound of someone’s voice, a photograph, and we’re transported back to another time and place. Dig through a drawer, a box, or a photo  album. Listen to an old playlist. Flip through some old lesson plans, a yearbook, or older social media posts. Or… chat with old friends and see what long forgotten stories come up naturally.

* Find Your Stories in the Everyday and in the Turning Points

Look for stories in the turning points of life appropriate for your reading audience, first experiences, or big, life-changing moments: birth, death, divorce, starting school, first job, moving, getting a pet. Depending on your age range, these firsts can be incredibly momentous. These common experiences resonate because they allow your audience to think they’re not alone, which is sometimes huge for kids. We call these universal themes. Another way to think about it is that sometimes an extraordinary experience makes life interesting. Other times, it’s an extraordinary reaction to an ordinary experience.

* Don’t Be Afraid of Difficult Stories

By the same token, you may be wanting to tackle slightly darker material that revolve around social justice issues. Push past the discomfort of difficult conversations, especially those around race, implicit bias, and equity, not only for the benefit of our kids but for our own benefit as well. Is it a story of survival and overcoming obstacles or a sad story? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. These stories can be messy and difficult to tell. Stay positive and solutions focused. Remember, the journey your audience takes should be completely different from your original experience. It should be masterfully crafted to be uplifting. Here’s a great saying: “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story (unless it’s nonfiction of course).

* Write For (Get to Know) Your Readers

This one may come into play before you get your idea or after you start writing. Try to get a firm grasp of your audience’s age and comprehension ability and keep them in mind when you write. A first boyfriend or girlfriend might be appropriate for YA or even middle school readers, but not younger ones.

* Know Your Why/Make Your Message Matter

Once you’ve accepted that you really do have a story to tell (the “what”), it’s time to figure out the “why.”

We tell stories to connect through our shared experiences, beliefs, and purpose. Readers appreciate facts and logic — even wit; but we feel story, especially as kids. Carefully select stories that illustrate an intentional and deliberate point. A story is meant to illustrate your point and bring it to life. But it should also make sense to your audience if you want your story to have an impact, to influence behavior, and to inspire action. If your stories are either misplaced or all over the place, your subtle but important message will be lost.

* Avoid Common Storytelling Traps

Any stories that follow plot by rote will feel dry and dull to a kid. Stay away from “and this happened, and then this happened.” Recognize that your story is not always confined by conventional rules of space and time, although with picture books a linear timeline is generally best. Organize your story so it makes the most sense to your audience.

* Re-create Incidents as “Scenes.”

Any writing manual or writing teacher will tell you, “Show. Don’t just tell.” Unless you’ve taken a creative writing class, you’ve probably never learned how to “show.” You may be used to summarizing experiences, maybe writing such things as a client report or book critique. That’s telling. When you show, you re-create incidents in such a way that readers feel like they’re experiencing them with you. So thinking back to that college play you auditioned for, let’s show your readers what it was like with actions doing the talking rather than words.

* Include Plenty of Details So You Show Rather Than Tell Your Story

The benefit of writing kids’ books is that they have visual elements, so you’re not relying on words alone to set your scenes or establish your characters, or demonstrate action. Help your readers visualize that experience. Where were you? Describe the setting with a few details or illustration notes if it’s important to understanding the story. Were there any sounds in the background? Music playing? Identify it. What were you and he/she wearing? Just a few details.  What was said? Briefly re-create the conversation as you recall it. What were you thinking and feeling? Excitement? Tension? Fear? How did your body react to those feelings? Perspiration? Dry mouth? Stuttering? See how you can incorporate these details into your story.

Think about these essentials of writing a plot-driven fiction book:

Begin with a memorable flawed character on a quest or with a goal or problem to solve, attain, or overcome. Make it really hard for them so that we invest in their journey and keep reading. Create suspenseful page turns to keep your reader hooked. Finally they solve their problem and something meaningful has changed for them before wrapping up with a wonderful ending that leaves the reader satisfied or laughing.

These are all the things we teach you how to do in our nearly sold-out Craft & Business of Writing Children’s Picture Books

starting January 11th! From complete beginners to seasoned writers and illustrators, this course has something for everyone. Find out why our students say this course is “like attending twenty conferences or a prestigious MFA program in one course.”

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If you want to:

  • * Write a fresh children’s picture book story from start to finish or jump in with one of our suggestions
  • * Polish an existing children’s book manuscript for publication
  • * Revise your work to make it easy for an editor to say yes
  • * Radically improve your chances of publication or getting an agent
  • * Write a story that you can later illustrate to increase your chances for publication
  • * Create a targeted cover letter ready to send to your ideal editor or agent
  • * Participate in weekly critiques and our super interactive private Facebook group
  • * Join a critique group
  • * Submit to an exclusive panel of editors and agents who are looking to acquire from this course

…then this course is for you!

Dr. Mira Reisberg, AKA the Picture Book Whisperer, is the founder of the Children’s Book Academy, a fabulous international, online children’s book writing and illustrating school that she created in 2012 after leaving academia. Mira is also an acquiring editor and art director at Clearfork/Spork. Her students have published over 550 books so far. She is incredibly excited to be co-teaching The Craft and Business of Writing Picture Books course with acquiring BookEnds assoc. agent James McGowan and acquiring Penguin/Random House/Dial asst. Editor Rosie Ahmed. To find out more click here:

Talk tomorrow,


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