About Pam

Hey, fellow pb writers!

I've been writing for children for over 15 years. In that time, I've learned a lot about not only writing for children of all ages, but also how to attract an agent's attention, wow children with fun school visit presentations, and even dabble in the e-publishing experience.

I have five nationally published picture books with more on the way. My picture books have made it into Scholastic Book Fairs, Scholastic Book Clubs, and have won awards. I like to not only write for the trade market but also write for the school and library market as well.

Although I have worked with many editors over the years, I still do suffer rejection and can commiserate with any fellow author trying to make it in this very volatile biz. If you can't handle someone rejecting your work, you should check out some other easy profession--like an air traffic controller or neurosurgeon or prosecuting attorney. Really!

My books include Princess Peepers, Princess Peepers Picks a Pet, Multiplying Menace, Multiplying Menace Divides and my newest title, Brianna Bright Ballerina Knight, will make its debut in 2018. It will be illustrated by Nickelodeon visual artist Liana Hee. I also have written a few easy readers and e-books. My work can be seen in magazines such as Highlights for Children and many others. I do at least 20 school visits per year and this option allows me to stay home and write most days.

If you want to learn more about me and my books, check out my website! www.pamcalvert.com

Happy Writing!


Unknown said...

Hi Pam, I am in the process of writing and illustrating my first picture book and plan to utilize your critique service when I’m a bit further along. I have a friend who has done quite well self publishing his books and marketing on social media (although he is not a picture book author). I would love your take on self publishing. Thanks!!!

Pam Calvert said...

I think there’s a place for self publishing and I’m wholeheartedly for it. The thing self published people are up against is quality and marketing. Usually, they are not professionals, meaning they don’t really understand how to write well for their audience and they make beginner mistakes in connecting with their audience for the story. Next, they don’t have the marketing muscle to reach thousands of readers.

So...how can you make your self published book a success? What’s the answer? I believe you must learn everything you can on writing that genre. If it’s the best it can be, you should put lots of money into the production—illustration should be top quality. Most self published illustrations are very well below regular publishing standards. If you invest in that, you can go a long way with a picture book. Having a professional critique your book will help in making that story relate to readers.

If you use my services, just let me know your goals. I’m willing to work with writers who want to be traditionally published as well as those who’d like the freedom to self publish.