My Summer Book: The Beasts of Clawstone Castle

by Tim Burdick on 05 July, 2019

Why I chose Eva Ibbotson's book


by Tim Burdick on 30 June, 2019

This graphic novel has

Eva Who?

by Tim Burdick on 28 May, 2019

“Eva Ibbotson.”


“Yeah, I had the same reaction. When I heard her name for the first time.”

What I’ve learned:

Illustrate this!

by Tim Burdick on 10 February, 2019

The Greatest Fear: Your publisher has sent the new artwork for your book. The first glimpse is the hardest. You don't know what to expect. You are nervous. Did they capture the essence of your characters?

International Reader #5

by Tim Burdick on 27 December, 2018

Italy is Pizza, Pisa, Da Vinci, snowy mountains, gellato, hot beaches, strong coffee, tasty wine, beautiful views of picture postcard valleys, and a celebration on the football pitch waiting to happen.

But, what about their children?

International Reader #4

by Tim Burdick on 01 December, 2018

Serbia is

Halloween Greetings!

by Tim Burdick on 31 October, 2018

Hope your nighttime reading sends chills down your spine.

Passion vs. Polish

by Tim Burdick on 30 September, 2018

I wrote out a draft of a new picture book. I was was quite happy because I don't nail an idea in the initial draft. I waited a day or two and then I re-read it. Instantly, the story's flaws jumped off the page at me. So, I re-wrote a new version which addressed all these issues. In the end, I felt I had written a better story.

Summer Book Review

by Tim Burdick on 28 August, 2018

J.C Hine's Goblin Quest series plays with traditional fantasy character roles.  The story's main character/anti-hero is Ig, a goblin who is bullied by his fellow goblins.  While on patrol, he is captured and dragged along on a quest to retrieve an ancient artefact. It is no surprise that he is even despised by the group: two princes, a dwark and an elf. 

As they journey through the dark tunnels deep beneath the earth, nasty surprises await them around every corner.

 Enjoy this enticing read.


My Favourite Book Cover

by Tim Burdick on 14 August, 2018

This subtle blue background and shading give off the feeling of a dark nighttime world.
A scared girl is climbing stairs. Gears and Cogs surround her. Why is she there? What will happen to her? These questions make me want to tear open the book.

My Favourite Children's Book

by Tim Burdick on 07 August, 2018

A classic book which never gets old. No matter how many times I read it. 

My Summer Reading Choices

by Tim Burdick on 31 May, 2018

What should I read next?

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate Dicamillo

A Prince without A Kingdom by Timothée de Fombelle

The Boggart by Susan Cooper

The Misifits by James Howe

Goblin Quest by Jim C. Hines

The Secret of Platform 13 by Eva Ibbotson

What's a chapter book?

by Tim Burdick on 24 March, 2018

Recently, an editor suggested one of my stories could make a good chapter book and recommended Kate Dicamillo's books as a good model.

I have never written in this genre so I read Dicamillo’s Mercy Watson.

This is what I learned:

Hi Tim.

by Tim Burdick on 04 February, 2018

Hi Tim.
My favorite book is Rapunzel, because she has long golden hair and also there was a witch and at the end Rapunzel married the prince.

Once Upon a Ukrainian

by Tim Burdick on 31 October, 2017

International Reader #3

Sandwiched between Old Europe and Russia, Ukraine has its own version of Pinocchio to tell.
The Golden Key or The Buratino Stories from O. M. Tolstoy.

International Reader #2

by Tim Burdick on 02 October, 2017

American kids love their books for story time or on their own.
Here is a list of readers and their favourites.

International Reader #1

by Tim Burdick on 09 August, 2017

Parents and children from around the world share their favorite books.

Hope you find a new title, a new author and, of course, amazing stories to read day or night, at the beach or in bed. Enjoy and keep reading.


New Summer Poems

by Tim Burdick on 18 June, 2017

Here are new words to stimulate your imagination.

Making MORE mistakes

by Tim Burdick on 07 May, 2017

You can read your story umpteen gajillion times and still you will find mistakes: A missing period. A questionable article. A line of stitled dialogue.

As I have been working with an editor, I realized, there is always something to improve in a story.

Making mistakes.

by Tim Burdick on 28 February, 2017

Making mistakes.

Before I submit my writing, I check for grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Then, I print a copy and check spacing, character font and size. After I finish, I give the story to my editor friend and she checks it.

I don’t want to make amateur mistakes and risk my chances with an agent or publisher.

But, last week, the worst happened.

T3I Expert

by Tim Burdick on 12 February, 2017

Robert likes the three investigators, a detective series about three boys who solve crimes and talk to Alfred Hitchcock.

My Birthday Quote

by Tim Burdick on 27 January, 2017


You can't stop reading a good book.

Interpreting Agent Rejection

by Tim Burdick on 31 December, 2016

In the August 2013, the Write Life blog published an article about the proper number of agents to query. In this article, Chuck Sambuchino advises only 6 -8 agents. If you are rejected, it means the writer’s query needs revising. After submitting to your next group, if you are rejected, you need to revise your manuscript.

The Best Gift Ever

by Tim Burdick on 16 December, 2016

This Christmas, give a a book to a child.

Possible Book ideas:


by Tim Burdick on 30 November, 2016

is terrible. Real or imaginary, it doesn’t matter. It makes us hide under the covers at night. It stops us from leaving our apartment. A monster will grab us. Something bad will definitely happen. For new writers, they have lots of monster fears. Working with new editors is one of them. Will they be gentle with their criticism? Will they be harsh? Will they get it?

No Turkey Dressing

by Tim Burdick on 25 November, 2016

Dressed up animals don’t sound fun, but Sandra Boynton’s Blue Hat, Green Hat is a wonderfully silly story for kids.

A Creepy Doll and Kid Fears

by Tim Burdick on 31 October, 2016

Doll Bones by Holly Black is a story about three friends, Zach, Alice, and Poppy, who create a role playing game together with action figures and paper cut outs. Their heroes embark on fantastic adventures of pirates and monsters. When Zach’s dad destroys his action figures, the young boy can’t bring himself to tell his friends. So, he lies and quits playing with his friends. Later, Poppy tells him about a dream. A ghost resides in the Red Queen doll and gives her an ultimatum: bury the doll or face the consequences! This is how their ghost quest begins.

A good scare for Midnight

by Tim Burdick on 30 October, 2016

Reading a scary book is a must at Halloween. Dahl and Bradbury were my favorites as a kid. But, recently, I’ve discovered other authors like Patrick Ness and Stephen Cosgrove.

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