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.

What I learned

by Tim Burdick on 30 September, 2016

This summer, I worked with an editor to improve my query. The first paragraph is called a hook, which draws the interest of your reader-an agent or publisher. Below are my first and final drafts of my hook. See if you can notice any differences.

Thanks for the Bug!

by Tim Burdick on 19 September, 2016

Dear Kate,
Thank you for Paul Jennings' The Reading Bug. I love it as a parent and a children’s book writer.

Not Disney's Pan

by Tim Burdick on 23 August, 2016

Brom's The Child Thief is a scary and disturbing reinvention of J.M. Barrie's tale.
Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Lost Boys, and Neverland still exist, but with new twists and surprises await between the pages.

Summer Reading Picks for YA

by Tim Burdick on 25 June, 2016

Only one more month of summer, so many books, so little time. Enjoy.

Great Reads for Kids!

by Tim Burdick on 25 June, 2016

All the places you will go, when you open a book!

My Future Five

by Tim Burdick on 21 June, 2016

These books are my next exciting reads and the reasons why I chose them.

Summer Reading Recommendations

by Tim Burdick on 18 June, 2016

No matter where you are: on a beach, under a shady tree, near the sea or surrounded by the forest, I hope reading these books unlock your imagination and you disappear into a story for a few hours on a summer day. Enjoy.

The Creeps' book review

by Tim Burdick on 05 May, 2016

The town of Biddlecombe is strange, and not in a funny ha-ha kind of way. It’s been the center of the apocalypse. It’s home of an architect who designed loads of the town's ugly buildings, including the abandoned department store Wreckit & Sons. And it’s home to its teen savior Samuel Johnson, scientists working secretly on a superconductor, a few dwarves, and two demons. But, now someone is renovating the department store for a grand opening. Things are about to change, not in a funny ha-ha kind of way.

My closing line

by Tim Burdick on 27 April, 2016

Everyday I wrote a page or two in my journal to clear my head or get the creative juices flowing. My closing line used to be ‘don’t give up.’ But, when I read it, it sounds too negative, too desperate. My situation is anything, but dire.

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