Writing for Children

10 Ways to Make Your Picture Book Story Unputdownable

Aug 31st, 2016 | By
tips for writing a picture book

Today’s post comes from Jill Esbaum in celebration of the recent publication of her picture book If a T. Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party. The post includes a fun gift for kids (just click on the link you’ll find below). Tips for Writing a Picture Book from Jill Esbaum



Why Are Editors Rejecting My Manuscript?

Aug 5th, 2016 | By
why editors reject manuscripts

Why Editors Reject Manuscripts by Melissa Abramovitz Recently an aspiring children’s author hired me to critique and edit a short story that children’s magazine editors kept rejecting. Since some of the mistakes this writer made are very common, I decided to share how I helped her correct them. These errors



Tradebook Tips for Teachers from Author Sarah Hill

Jul 13th, 2016 | By
Tradebook tips for teachers

Tradebook Tips for Teachers Today we’re hosting Day 3 of a 5-day virtual tour for Sarah Hill’s new children’s book, Fearne Fairy and the Chocolate Caterpillar. This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center. In today’s post, Sarah gives some tradebook tips for



Writing Contests: How To Distinguish Scams From Legitimate Competitions

Jul 2nd, 2016 | By
writing contests or scams

Aspiring and established writers often wonder about whether or not to enter any of the hundreds of writing contests advertised online and in writer’s magazines and market guides. Many offer substantial cash prizes and other awards, and many are legitimate and possibly career-enhancing. But many others are, unfortunately, scams or



5 Unbreakable Rules for Children’s Writers

Jun 6th, 2016 | By
unbreakable rules for children's writers

There are lots and lots of rules out there in books, blogs, articles, workshops, and other sources of information for all types of writers. You have undoubtedly seen or heard rules like “show don’t tell,” “write what you know,” and “avoid using adjectives.” You have probably also realized that these



Writing a Mystery for a Children’s Magazine

May 26th, 2016 | By
writing a mystery for a children's magazine

When writing a mystery for children in general, there are basic ingredients your story should have: Problem A mystery usually starts with a problem that involves a crime or mysterious unknown. Somebody is needed to solve the problem and get all the questions answered. Think whodunit! Characters • Detective or



Controlling Your Writing Destiny

May 5th, 2016 | By
controlling your writing destiny

Last week I attended a SCBWI regional writer’s conference and found the keynote speaker’s tips on becoming a “writing warrior” to be intriguing and useful. Basically, this best-selling author (Bruce Hale, author of Clark the Shark and many other books) challenged aspiring writers to take control of their writing destiny



The First Page of Your Picture Book

May 1st, 2016 | By
the first page of your picture book

A picture book is all about your Main Character (MC) and the problem he or she is trying to solve. As in all manuscripts, the first page of your picture book plays an important role. Note that this is not the first page of your manuscript. This is the text



Finding a Good Freelance Editor or Critiquer

Apr 5th, 2016 | By
finding a good freelance editor

Many people hire a freelance editor to help with revising and polishing their manuscripts, especially if they are just starting out as a writer or are encountering difficulties with selling a particular manuscript. Some folks who are in local or online critique groups get this type of feedback from their



Writing for Children: Maximize Your Natural Skills

Mar 15th, 2016 | By
writing for children

The first movie I ever saw with Anne Hathaway was Princess Diaries. Delightfully awkward and adorably klutzy, I thought she did an amazing acting job. When I watched her in other performances, however, I realized that a lot of it wasn’t acting at all. The movie maximized Anne’s natural personality



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