Writing for Children

Getting to Know Your Characters by Melissa Abramovitz

Jun 5th, 2015 | By

My new children’s picture book/early chapter book, Helping Herbie Hedgehog, was released several months ago, and since then Herbie Hedgehog and I have participated in numerous interviews and other promotional venues. One of my favorite features appeared on author Kai Strand’s blog in a feature called Building Character. In this

A Writer’s Life by Melissa Abramovitz

May 2nd, 2015 | By

Lots of people ask me what a typical workday is like for a full-time writer. So I thought I would share not just one day, but an overview of the past month. Keep in mind that a “typical” day varies a great deal for me since I do several different

Ready or Not! Where’s Your Resume? by Nancy I. Sanders

Apr 19th, 2015 | By

If you’re attending a conference, one tool you should prepare is a resume. For a writer, a resume is part of a standard manuscript proposal. However, not all resumes look the same. My older son has been a social worker and also a career placement counselor. He helped clients locate

A Fiction Nightmare by Melissa Abramovitz

Apr 8th, 2015 | By

Last week I ran across a 2013 Huffington Post article that disturbed me greatly. It was written by the Mexican-American author and poet Gary Soto, whose children’s novel Marisol was published in 2005 by American Girl in their series of books about preteen girls. The book, which was about a

Tips for Getting Published by Nancy I. Sanders

Mar 21st, 2015 | By

Getting published is all about setting goals. Longterm goals keep you progressing toward a successful career as a writer. Shortterm goals keep you motivated day by day to continue with the craft. Over my career I’ve had both types of goals and these have each helped me get published on

Gellin’ Time by Melissa Abramovitz

Mar 3rd, 2015 | By

Many people who wish to become published authors make the mistake of submitting their manuscripts before they are truly ready for submission. In fact, lots of editors I interviewed when I was writing my book for writers, A Treasure Trove of Opportunity: How to Write and Sell Articles for Children’s

Primary Sources According to Sandman (written by Sandman, cat and writing buddy of Nancy I. Sanders)

Feb 22nd, 2015 | By

Everyone wants primary sources in their nonfiction and even references for facts in their fiction these days. What’s a cat gonna do? I tried hiding in a bag and never dealing with it, but then I got too hungry for tunafish tacos so I had to come out. So I

Ice-Skating, Music, and Writing by Melissa Abramovitz

Feb 9th, 2015 | By

I love to watch figure skating, and as I watched the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last week it dawned on me that figure skating, playing a musical instrument, and any endeavor that involves both technique and artistry have a lot in common with writing. The best skaters, musicians, and writers

Adding Quality to Your Content by Nancy I. Sanders

Jan 23rd, 2015 | By
Nancy I Sanders

It’s easy to publish your children’s book these days. You can self-publish a chapter book or middle grade novel for free on Create Space. And now you can self-publish a picture book e-book with Kindle Kids’ Book Creator. All you need is content, right? Technically, yes. Lots

Where’s The Big Idea? by Melissa Abramovitz

Jan 7th, 2015 | By

You’ve decided that 2015 is the year when you will finally devote the time and brainpower needed to get your freelance writing business off the ground. You’re committed to a consistent schedule for honing your writing skills, doing market research, and writing, revising, and submitting queries, stories, magazine articles, and/or

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