I've always been a dabbler in the arts. But even after pursuing visual arts, writing, acting, music, and creating an arts-integrated school—I questioned whether the arts could be my life. That's why I dedicated years to understanding the creative process through reading, studying, learning from other creatives in the arts worlds, and training through the Creativity Coaching Association.
I believe my success as a creativity coach comes from working through my own struggles. I'm convinced there isn't a thought, belief, or misconception you may have that I wouldn't understand. Helping others become who they want to be has been my vision for myself throughout most of my life. My teaching, speaking engagements, and a good share of my informal conversations are often inspired by wanting to help people overcome obstacles they encounter—obstacles we too often put in place ourselves!
I partner with people to help them get started, get unstuck, and get going on their creative dreams. Everyone deserves to experience more joy and meaning in their lives. Whether you're looking for individual coaching, group coaching, a speaker for your event or webinar, or another creative idea, let's TALK!
Why KidLit? Because kids' books inform, inspire, and encourage lifelong learning and empathy. KidLit creators support kids and teachers, the people I've always supported.
I'm kid LIT:
Not sure what's holding you back? Maybe you wonder how or where to start, how to get unstuck, what to do next, or why something you want so much isn't happening. I can help you get past that. Who do you want to be?
If insecurity or the chaos of creativity makes you wonder if you're cut out for this, but you can't shake the desire, then you're a perfect candidate for coaching. How do I know? I've been there. The first time I sent something in, it was rejected, so I didn't submit anything again for about 15 years. I've spent decades learning all I could about the creative process in order to help others find more joy and meaning in their lives.
Children's books open worlds and save lives. We need many varied voices and perspectives to reach all children. That's why I teach, encourage, and support the creators of children's books. If this has been your dream, let me help you. It not you, who? If not now, when?
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I booked a coaching session with Deb Lund, hoping she might be able to help me break through a creative block. Not only did I come away from the session with a plethora of ideas for dealing with the fierce "inner critic" that has plagued me for years, but I now feel empowered to show more compassion for myself in all areas of my life. Thank you, Deb, for gifting me with the attitude adjustment I so desperately needed.
Helen Landalf, author
Wow! Whoda thunkit! Thanks, Deb Lund, for the wonderful inspiration… As soon as our conversation began I knew I could be myself and not hide behind a wall of self-protectiveness. I felt like we've known one another all our lives… Anyone looking for coaching… NEEDS to look her up!
Rene Aube, author
Writing in rhyme is not easy. There’s more to it than ending with rhyming words. Writing about how to rhyme is never as effective as having someone work with you on a rhyming manuscript. You need more than nudges and accountability—even more than helping you get out of your own way, all of which my creativity coaching can do. But rhyming takes so much more, as you’ve probably figured out since you’re reading this, and if you’re ready to dig in and work with a definite advantage, let's talk!
"But I heard you say you didn't want any rhyming manuscripts!" That's what I said to the editor who ended up publishing my first dinobooks.
"We all say that because all we get is bad rhyme!"
Ohhhh... Let's change that, shall we?
Why would I do this instead of using the time to work on my own projects? Because kids’ books are important, and it’s hard for me to see the rhythm and rhyme not quite there, as is often the case in many books I read. Books encourage empathy, connect families, and help kids see themselves with new understanding. They change lives, and it’s annoying and unfortunate to find rhyming errors that could have been easily fixed. This is a way I can make a difference for the little kids who experience them, and the much bigger “kids” who create them. Besides, the editors who know the difference between the best and "just okay" rhyming manuscripts don't always have or take the time to work with you to get it just right. If you're getting more No's than Go's, let's talk.
I'm here when you're ready. Ready now? You have two Rhyme Time options—the quick and easy "On the Spot" review, or the more comprehensive "Picture Book Package."
ON-THE-SPOT RHYME TIME
A read-through with comments on what I see in the manuscript, on-the-spot, including an evaluation of the rhythm, rhyme, word choice, and more over Zoom or phone. I read your manuscript aloud (you have your own copy for taking notes) and discuss it on the spot. This can take 30-45 minutes, including time for questions, and you'll have plenty of material and ideas for revision. It's a blast—and effective!
RHYMING PICTURE BOOK PACKAGE
For a more comprehensive look at your writing in rhyme, we'll start with a complementary phone consultation to see if we agree we're a good fit for working together. Once that's established, we'll set up a plan, which generally follows this format:
You may sign up below or schedule a time to talk about these options.
A read-through of your manuscript with comments on rhyme, rhythm, word choice and more
Seven steps (because 7 is a magical number) to improving your rhyming picture book manuscript