Posts Tagged ‘ Melissa Abramovitz ’

Melissa Abramovitz in the Spotlight

Mar 17th, 2017 | By
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Working Writer’s Club member and columnist Melissa Abramovitz recently had a poem, a nonfiction book, and a nonfiction magazine article published. Her poem “Nighttime Magic” appeared in the Fall 2016 issue of the literary magazine Stinkwaves. Her educational nonfiction book for teenagers, Hate Crimes In America, was published by ABDO



Learning from Rejections by Melissa Abramovitz

Mar 13th, 2017 | By

Learning from Rejections Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, for children or adults, rejection is a universal fact of life for writers. Even for experienced writers. Many people seem surprised when I tell them that I still receive many, many rejections after being a freelance writer and author for nearly



How to Write Better Nonfiction – New Audio

Feb 22nd, 2017 | By
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If you want to sell nonfiction books or magazine articles, your manuscript has to be better than other submissions the editor receives. Yes, editors have a greater need for nonfiction than for fiction, and your chances of selling nonfiction are therefore greater than your chances of selling fiction are. But



Leveled Reading in Writing for Children

Feb 7th, 2017 | By
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An important and unique aspect of writing for children is that authors need to be aware of and consistently apply established rules for making manuscripts age-appropriate. However, at the same time, it’s important to remember that the rules and leveling tools that are available are of limited value in helping



One Writer’s New Years Resolutions

Jan 20th, 2017 | By
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It’s hard to believe that another year just flew by… it seems that the older I get, the faster they fly! As always, on New Year’s Day, I, like many other people, think about those time-honored New Year’s resolutions. Last year, I made only two major resolutions – to find



The Benefits of Rhyme

Dec 10th, 2016 | By
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Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house… Twinkle twinkle, little star… Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep… Most of us can recite at least the first stanza of each of these well-known poems/rhymes, even if we have not heard or spoken the words for many years.



A Poem, Thanksgiving, and Writing for Children

Nov 16th, 2016 | By
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November, of course, brings Americans to think about the Thanksgiving holiday and its meaning beyond elaborate turkey dinners (or for those of us who do not eat meat, elaborate tofu-turkey dinners). A poem I wrote that was recently published in the literary magazine Stinkwaves Magazine is not directly related to



Writers – Fill Your Own Shoes

Oct 18th, 2016 | By
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I recently read several independent blog posts by editors and literary agents about book submissions they have received in which the cover letter included claims that the author envisioned him or herself as the next J.K. Rowling, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, or other best-selling author. The problem with these submissions,



Keeping Personal Bias Out of Educational Nonfiction

Sep 9th, 2016 | By
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Avoiding Personal Bias in Educational Nonfiction by Melissa Abramovitz Most of my work involves writing educational nonfiction books and magazine articles for children and teenagers, and over the years I’ve learned that one of the most difficult aspects of this type of writing is keeping my personal opinions out of



Why Are Editors Rejecting My Manuscript?

Aug 5th, 2016 | By
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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



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