Featured Expert: Emma Walton Hamilton

Emma Walton Hamilton is a best-selling author, educator, editor, and writing coach. Emma has co-authored over twenty children’s books with her mother, Julie Andrews, seven of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list, including the #1 best-selling series The Very Fairy Princess. Emma’s own book for parents and caregivers, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 best-seller on Amazon in the literacy category and has won several awards including a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and silver medals from the Living Now and IPPY Book Awards. Emma is a faculty member and directs both the Southampton Children’s Literature Fellows program and the Young Artists and Writers Project.

As the Editorial Director for The Julie Andrews Collection publishing program, Emma is dedicated to quality books for young readers that broaden their imaginations. Also, she’s the creator of the Just Write Children’s Books home-study courses which focus on writing picture books, chapter books, middle grade and young adult novels. Along with these courses, Emma provides many resources such as Editor-in-a-Box, a revision kit for picture books and novels, and The Ultimate Guide to Picture Book Submissions, co-created with Julie Hedlund who is a children’s author and the 12×12 Picture Book Challenge host.

Emma is a talented public speaker. She has been invited to speak at many arts and literacy conferences at schools, universities and other organizations. She is a Grammy Award-winning voice-over artist for children’s audio books, radio, television, and industrial spots, and has co-written lyrics for several well-known songs.

Prior to being published and dedicating her life to the literary arts, Emma worked as an actress in theater, film, and, television and even became a theatrical director and a producer! Emma co-founded the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, New York — with Sybil Christopher and Stephen Hamilton — where she served as Co-Artistic Director and Director of Education and Programming for Young Audiences. She is a member of the Author’s Guild, The Dramatists’ Guild, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the International Reading Association, SAG, AEA, AFTRA and ASCAP.

Emma’s book The Very Fairy Princess will be developed into an animated TV series — scheduled to air next year — brought to you by Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana Enterprises. The show will be developed by Emma and Julie Andrews and produced at Nelvana Studio in Toronto, Canada.

The series follows the adventures of Geraldine, a young girl who knows deep down that she is a fairy princess, no matter who doubts her. She dresses in royal attire, practices flying, and knows that being a princess is not all about the tiaras, dresses or service, but its what’s inside a princess’ heart that matters most of all.

Visit Emma Walton Hamilton’s site to explore offerings for readers and writers: http://emmawaltonhamilton.com/

Watch Emma’s video on tips for children’s book writers.

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Kid Lit TV Commenter Beth Stilborn

Excellent points! I’m glad you reminded us all to keep writing during that Limbo-like time when we’re waiting to hear about a submission. That is so important. Thanks, Emma!

P.S. Everyone, I *HIGHLY* recommend Emma’s courses, Editor-in-a-Box, and her editing services. She is an amazing teacher and editor.

Kid Lit TV Commenter J Gribble

Emma is a gifted, generous teacher and a treasure in the kidlit community. So happy to have Emma as our FIRST featured expert!


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