Tone and voice are sometimes confused, the terms even interchanged. While voice is who we are, tone in writing is an attitude toward our subjects and audience. Choosing the right tone for your book can mean the difference between a sale and a rejection.
Many people want to be writers. But few people put the time in to write professional level manuscripts. So, what can you do to stand out from the crowd in a positive way? Can you get your work noticed in the slush pile?
No two writers are created alike. Some of us are masters of planning and organization. Others among us live by improvisation and spontaneity. And still others work somewhere in the middle. You probably heard of writers being described as “plotters” or “pantsters” (as in “seat of their pants”). And perhaps you’ve even […]
From theater critic to debut picture book author may seem a bit of a stretch, but Nancy Churnin hit one out of the park with her biography of a celebrated athlete whose passion and persistence kept him going in the face of resistance and rejection.
Every writer faces rejection. It how we respond to rejection that makes all the difference.
In this uplifting piece, veteran author Jane Choate describes how she’s used rejection as a positive tool to help build her career.
Attending book fairs and publishing conferences can provide unique opportunities for children’s book authors and illustrators to learn about their industry, the marketplace, and to network with publishers, freelancers, and others on whom they depend for successful careers.
by R.F. Kristy The intelligence and allure of cats has always enchanted me. Writing the Inca Cat Series arose out of the blue. I had never dreamed of self-publishing stories for children. My specialty, due to my work with the United Nations, concentrated on reports of a technical nature — a world much removed from […]
Writing for Children and Young Adults aims to take aspiring authors through the creation of a manuscript, pitching it to publishers and then marketing it to the world.
If your destiny is to write, you usually find a way to do it, even though you might take a couple of detours down life’s Yellow Brick Road along the way. Debut middle grade author Will Taylor (Maggie and Abby’s Neverending Pillow Fort, Harper Collins, 2018) is a sterling example of following one’s muse. Will’s enthusiasm and passion for his craft and life is infectious.
As writers, we can often feel frustrated, and even overwhelmed, by our perceived smallness.
We look at bestselling authors and marvel at their success, but also beat ourselves up for not having the reach and impact that they do. We wonder whether our efforts truly matter, and whether the world really needs our contributions.
If we can give you one gift to begin 2017, it would be to erase that sort of thinking from your mind.
Have you ever considered combining your love of nature with writing? Many writers never consider writing nonfiction for young readers, yet there are many places to publish science-related articles for kids. It can be a great way to break into print.
We spend so much of our time focusing on what we do, that we rarely take the time to ask why we’re doing it. And yet, that simple step can make a massive difference in the quality of the art we create.
This short video is a dramatic testimony to how understanding your “why” can transform the quality, depth and emotional connection of everything you write.
School visits are one of the best things about being a children’s writers. Meeting young fans, being treated like a star (which you are, of course!) and yes, making some extra income are jsut some of the benefits of bringing your work into schools.