www. The Purple Crayon


Harold Underdown’s: The Purple Crayon

Today’s www. Wednesday, I’m highlighting Harold Underdown’s website: The Purple Crayon.

This website has been around for a while and is chock full of information.

How long? you may ask.
It was the first informative website I ran across when I started writing in 2000.  <insert nodding head here> A long time ago.

It’s grown a lot over the years. Of course, the writing world has too. The changes I’ve seen are incredible.

What information can you find there?

  • Who’s Moving Where? – Great inside moving knowledge of the industry. Agents and editors tend to change. Harold helps keep you up to date.
  • Articles – It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or an expert. He is always updating material that you can find useful
  • Editorial Services – Did you know that Harold is a former editor as several well-known publishing houses? He offers critique services and workshops.
  • Information on his book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books”.

So click on over to Harold Underdown’s: The Purple Crayon and be ready to have some extra time on your hands.


Harold UnderdownI have been a children’s book editor for over 20 years. For the first half of that, I worked in-house at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge. More recently I have been working independently–working with authors and publishers, speaking at conferences, and giving workshops. I also run The Purple Crayon, an informational website, at http://www.underdown.org/, and am a contributing editor to Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books grew out of my experiences as an editor. I have posted information and sample chapters on my website at my Idiot’s Guide page.
(used from: Harold Underdown’s Goodreads bio)


Let me know what you think of today’s   www. Wednesday.
Do you know of another resourceful website? I would love to highlight here on my blog.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!

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