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Getting Started with CBI


Welcome, CBI Insider !



Who We Are:

Children’s Book Insider is a family business based in Fort Collins, Colorado.  We began in May, 1990 and have helped thousands of people start and build successful careers writing for children.  The folks behind CBI are the husband and wife team of Jon Bard and Laura Backes.
Laura is one of the world’s best known children’s writing teachers, and has been published by Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Random House and countless other outlets.  Jon is the former owner of a New York PR firm and is well known for his articles, posts and videos on the art of promotion for writers.



Jon and Laura are joined by an amazing cast of contributors including multi-million selling authors, award-winning writers and marketing legends.

What We Believe:


  • The world’s children need and deserve wonderful books that educate, entertain and inspire.
  • Anyone dreaming of writing for children should have the finest tools and guidance to achieve their goal, regardless of experience, financial resources or location.


Here’s How to Add Us to Your eMail Whitelist So You Get Your Newsletters:

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Here’s Your Official CBI Badge!


Right click and choose “Save Image As” to download.  You’re invited to display it proudly on your blog, website and your social media accounts. (We’d be honored if you linked it to our public site,

Here’s What Your New Membership Gets You:


Your personal tour of the CBI Clubhouse…..



  • Access to each month’s issue of Children’s Book Insider, the Newsletter for Children’s Writers.  The new issue is waiting for you here.   We’ll also send you an HTML version direct to your inbox.



  • Access to the CBI Knowledge Base — the world’s largest children’s writing library!  Browse or search here.



5 Articles To Get You Started Right Away



6 Articles to Get You Inspired, Motivated and Ready to Take on the World!


Watch Our Kidlit Socials, Featuring Top Authors, Editors, Agents & More:


Of course, there’s a lot more, so have fun hunting, exploring and discovering. 


Questions, problems, suggestions?  We’re all ears! 

Contact us here