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9 Reasons Why Magazine Writing May Be Perfect For You

If your definition of breaking into publishing includes writing and selling a 300-page novel, or convincing a publisher to invest thousands of dollars in your picture book, you’re overlooking a substantial part of the market – magazine writing.

How to Deal with Critical Feedback on Your Work

As a writer, it’s hard to get far without feedback. But how do pros handle feedback that is less than enthusiastic? Here’s how to do it….

Mining Your Life for Story Ideas

Occasionally, the well for new story ideas runs dry and we must mine for fresh ones. We all know to look in such places as the newspaper, television news, and even advertisements for ideas. But have you thought of researching yourself? You are a mine of experiences, feelings, and knowledge.

5 Tips Every New Writer Should Know

Five tips to help aspiring children’s authors get off to a great start.

Using Children’s Books to Promote Inclusion of Children with Disabilities & Differing Needs

Occupation therapist Karen Dobyns shared this fantastic presentation, with lots to chew for educators, parents, advocates and children’s writers.

What is a Sensitivity Reader and Why Would I Need One?

In today’s diverse publishing environment, getting everything right is vital. Here’s a modern solution – the Sensitivity Reader.

Teacher to Teacher Roundtable

A live discussion with educators who have become published children’s book authors. This is geared toward beginners and aspiring writers, with special emphasis on the best ways to get started as a writer for children and teens.

One Idea, Many Books. How to Plan a Children’s Book Series.

Getting a contract to create a children’s book series can jumpstart any writer’s career. Here’s the best way to get started on that exciting path.

22 Reasons Why Teachers Should Write Children’s Books

Teachers are uniquely qualified to write children’s and young adult books. Here’s why…..

How Middle Grade Author Ellie Sipila Turned a School Assignment into a Series

To say that Elizabeth “Ellie” Sipila is just a “writer” would be like labeling Emeril Lagasse as merely a “cook”. Like a master chef, Sipila wears many hats: debut author, small press publisher, book designer, freelance editor, and more (http://www.movetothewrite.com).   Her debut novel Mark-Napped!, out this month from Pelican Publishing (the first in a […]

Crafting Scenes with Emotional Intensity

Have you ever fallen deeply into a story and emerged changed forever? There are probably moments in the text that stay with you, important scenes sprinkled through your memory. Those are moments infused with emotion. Here’s how you can add emotional intensity to your work.

Document Your Year with a Writing Portfolio

You’re on a journey to writing success. Here’s a nifty method of tracking your progress to keep you inspired, energized and motivated.