ABOUT CJ PENKO

  • Hi there! I’m CJ and I’m currently seeking representation from a literary agent for my picture book manuscripts. 
    Please visit my website if you’d like to know more about me and my work: CJPENKO.com or follow me on Twitter: @cjpenko
    What kind of stories do I write?
    I do have a wide range of manuscripts, but I tend to write a lot of dialogue-only stories with really strong, funny characters. Big personalities are a big thing with me. I want kids to remember my characters after hearing my story just once, and I want adults to have no other choice but to get loud and goofy when reading them aloud. In short, I want everybody to get EXPRESSIVE and ENGAGED! (Average Word count: 500
    Intended age range: 3-8 years)
    More about me:
    Active member of SCBWI-Ohio North
    Active member of Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge
    Regularly attends writing events/conferences
    Participates in critique groups