Bestselling children's book author, editor and educator Emma Walton Hamilton has announced the launch of the Children's Book Hub (www.childrensbookhub.com), a membership-based "virtual salon" providing information, resources and support for aspiring and established children's book authors.
For a monthly fee of $19.95, Hub members receive access to regular teleseminars featuring expert interviews with authors, editors, agents and other notable members of the children's book industry, as well as question-and-answer calls addressing specific member concerns and recordings after each event. In addition, the site offers monthly newsletters, a members' forum community of support, information about industry trends and resources, and numerous resource materials such as lists of publishers that accept unsolicited manuscripts, editing checklists, manuscript submission information, as well as writing tools and marketing information and ideas.
"In addition to writing, I have been teaching, providing editorial services and blogging on topics of interest to children's book authors for a number of years," says Walton Hamilton. "It's enormously gratifying to help others fulfill their dreams of touching the minds and hearts of the next generation. The Hub is the next logical step in that process."
Emma Walton Hamilton has co-authored more than 20 children's books with her mother and writing partner, actress Julie Andrews, six of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list, including The Very Fairy Princess (#1 NYT Bestseller), Julie Andrews' Collection Of Poems, Songs And Lullabies, the Dumpy The Dump Truck series, Simeon's Gift, The Great American Mousical and THANKS TO YOU – Wisdom From Mother And Child (#1 NYT Bestseller). Her book, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon.com in the literacy category.
A faculty member at 's MFA in writing and literature program, Walton Hamilton serves as director of the MFA's annual Southampton Children's Literature Conference and executive director of YAWP (the Young American Writers Project), an inter-disciplinary writing program for middle and high school students on Long Island. She is also editorial director for The Julie Andrews Collection publishing program (HarperCollins Publishers and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), dedicated to quality books for young readers that nurture the imagination and celebrate a sense of wonder.