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If you want to be a children's book author - this is the right place to start!

Ever felt the pain of writer’s block or the frustration of elusive progress? Are you juggling the details of story-crafting while yearning for constructive feedback?

Do You Wonder...

  • Will my children’s book ever come to life?
  • How can I overcome writer’s block and self-doubt?
  • Where can I find professional, constructive feedback?
  • How do I navigate the intricacies of building characters and plot and world?

I’ve watched writers struggle with getting their story on paper, with finding their path to publication – and I know just how that feels.

Welcome to DIY Den - the place to learn all about writing your best children's book!

Yes, I want to start today...

...on my way to becoming a children's book author!

Are you...

...self-motivated to learn how to write a children's book at your own pace?

  • If you don't need:

    a community or Zoom meetings or bonuses, but you do want the lessons and exercises...

  • If you don't want:

    ...to wait any longer to learn how to write a children's book...

  • But you do want and need...

    ...access to an extensive set of courses and exercises...then DIY Den is for you!

Course curriculum

    1. Lesson 1: Welcome!

    2. Lesson 2: Why This Book?

    3. Lesson 3: What's Your Point?

    4. Lesson 4: Audience & Genre

    5. Lesson 5: Subject Matter & Premise

    6. Lesson 6: Whose Story Is This?

    7. Lesson 7: Manuscript Formatting

    8. Lesson 8: Tools

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction

    2. Lesson 2: Inspiration

    3. Lesson 3: Picture Book Content

    4. Lesson 4: Picture Book Structure

    5. Lesson 5: Picture Book: To Market

    1. Lesson 1: Middle Grade Content

    2. Lesson 2: Middle Grade Structure

    3. Lesson 3: Middle Grade: To Market

    1. Lesson 1: Young Adult Content

    2. Lesson 2: Young Adult Structure

    3. Lesson 3: Young Adult: To Market

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction

    2. Lesson 2: Protagonist

    3. Lesson 3: Antagonist

    4. Lesson 4: Secondary Characters

    5. Lesson 5: Archetypes

    6. Lesson 6: Agency

    7. Lesson 7: Arc of Change

    8. Lesson 8: Goal, Motivation, Conflict

    9. Lesson 9: Backstory Wound

    10. Lesson 10: Emotion

    11. Lesson 11: Voice & Tone

    12. Lesson 12: Point of View

    1. Lesson 1: Introduction

    2. Lesson 2: Plot Paradigms

    3. Lesson 3: Beats & Turning Points

    4. Lesson 4: Scene & Summary

    5. Lesson 5: Cause & Effect

    6. Lesson 6: Stakes, Deadlines, & Ticking Clocks

    7. Lesson 7: Plot Layers & Subplots

    8. Lesson 8: Openings & Endings

About this course: over 50 hours of content to absorb at your own pace. Exercises included.

  • $1,150.00
  • 50 lessons
  • 12.5 hours of video content

Check out the modules...

...all available inside the DIY Den!

  • Perfect Picture Books: Uncover the secrets of creating picture-perfect books for the youngest readers, exploring the unique challenges and joys of this literary form.

  • Mastering Middle Grade: Delve into the nuances of writing for the middle-grade audience, capturing the essence of this crucial developmental stage with your storytelling.

  • Young Adult Appeal: Understand the intricacies of writing for young adults, striking a balance between relatability and complexity to captivate this dynamic audience.

  • Creating Characters: Dive deep into the art of character development, crafting engaging protagonists and intriguing antagonists that resonate with your readers, whether you write picture books or novels.

  • Plan to Plot: Learn the essential techniques of plotting, turning your ideas into a well-structured and captivating storyline.

  • Worlds in Words: Worldbuilding: Explore the art of building immersive and enchanting worlds within your stories, adding depth and authenticity to your narratives.

  • Revise Right: Hone your revision skills, learning effective techniques to polish and refine your manuscript until it gleams with literary brilliance.

  • Sell Your Stuff: Querying, Publishing, Marketing: Navigate the business side of writing, from crafting compelling queries to understanding the publishing landscape and implementing effective marketing strategies to get your work noticed.

Here's what students say about my teaching and courses:

“Janet changed the way I feel about my writing, giving me a whole new level of confidence, enjoyment, and hope for my work in progress. I can’t say enough good things about her encouragement, caring, and writing expertise which translated into much better writing in my story.” —Susan, published author of middle grade novel ELEPHANT TOUCH”


“Janet whipped me into shape with constructive criticism and a ton of encouragement! She can analyze a piece of writing and, with her considerable experience, recommend exactly what to do to make it engaging and marketable.”


“Janet gave me structure when there was none. Janet helped me identify my audience when I didn't realize I even needed one. And every step of the way, Janet, with her wealth of knowledge, gave me tool after tool to help me treat every road block as a speed bump on my way to finishing my first draft. ”


Who Am I?

Meet Janet Fox, Author and Teacher

Janet Fox

Author, teacher, & book coach

Janet Fox is an award-winning author with a deep passion for the magic of storytelling. Her writing journey began at age 8 with a poem published in the town newspaper, setting the stage for a career dedicated to writing captivating tales for young readers. As a writer, Janet strives to create books that can help grow young hearts and minds. Her 12 award-winning books span the spectrum of picture books through young adult, in a broad variety of genres. As a mentor and book coach with 25 years in publishing, her mission is to guide writers through the twists and turns of their creative odyssey, turning struggles into triumphs. Janet has helped scores of writers to achieve their dream of writing, revising, and, yes, publishing their children’s books.

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I understand the struggles, the nagging doubts, and the yearning to bring your stories to life. In just six months, you could be holding a manuscript that reflects not just your words but the essence of your creativity. The DIY Den isn’t just a series of courses—it’s a haven where your writing dreams unfold. The transformative adventure awaits—let’s make it together.

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