April 6, 2011
Guardian Angel Kids, Health, Kid's Lit Market, Spring
“Spring is beginning to awaken and what better time to get your body moving and grooving then through the April 2011 issue of Guardian Angel Kids Ezine. Healthy living and eating is always important to one’s well being for both mind and body so come along and spring on over to Guardian Angel Kids and find out what is in store for you this month http://www.guardian-angel-kids.com.”
Thanks to the editor at Guardian Angel Kids for that swell introduction! Because, honestly, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Health may have been the theme for the April issue, but it was Spring that inspired my story “Finding Ideas.”
There’s just something about new blooms and warming weather that makes a body want to shed overcoats and scarves and head outdoors. That’s what the little boy in my story does when he can’t figure out what to write about for a Health project. Once outside, he finds plenty of ideas.
Check out the list of upcoming themes and maybe you’ll find an idea for a story while you’re taking a walk, riding a bike, or even mowing the lawn. Or maybe like me, you’ll sit at your desk, look out the window, and think something up.
(Hey, I was still inspired by Spring!)
P.S. Can you tell this dogwood tree has both pink and white blooms? I know Spring has sprung when I ride down the road near my house and see my favorite tree in bloom!
August 13, 2009
Kid's Lit Market, YA Market
I just finished reading the ICL newsletter (always packed with interesting info!) and came across a new market listing at Rebel Books LLP. But what caught my eye was not the children’s fiction anthology that they plan to publish next spring.
Oh, no. I zeroed in on the YA anthology that Rebel Books will be publishing in early 2010. Here’s why:
The first publication by Rebel Books LLP will be an anthology of stories with a supernatural theme aimed at young adults. We are looking for submissions for this anthology covering all manner or supernatural creatures, including vampires, witches, shape-shifters – so let your imagination run wild.
That’s what I’m talking about! I’ve got just the story to send. Or will have, after I make a few little edits. And if you’ve got a YA story that’s fit for the first Rebel Book anthology, you might want to start your polishing. Submissions are due by November 30th! Or start working on a story for the children’s anthology.
Find out more information at the Rebel Book website.
Meanwhile, I’ll be trying to figure out how to use the quote thingie in a post.
July 30, 2009
Decatur Book Festival, ENCOUNTER, Kid's Lit Market
What I like most about writing for kids is the way I look at the world. There are so many stories around me, I wonder why I didn’t notice before!
Take for instance when I met Sydney Lewis at the Decatur Book Festival last year. She was selling Vernacular, a publication full of stories and poems written by high school students in the Atlanta area. I might not have been too impressed by that had Sydney not told me about the Wren’s Nest connection.
The Wren’s Nest is the home of Joel Chandler Harris, author of the B’rer Rabbit stories, to name just a few of his writings. I’d taken my kids to the Wren’s Nest; it’s a museum, not a publishing company. So now, she’s piqued my interest.
Turns out the Wren’s Nest has a special program that reaches out to high school kids who might want to submit to this yearly publication. But that’s just the tip of the program. Because a staff of high school kids is involved in every step of the production of this yearly magazine.
How cool is that, I thought. That’s a terrific teen story if I ever heard one. Luckily, Encounter felt the same way. So, my interview with Sydney is in the fall issue. You might want to look into Encounter if you have an interesting story for teens. You can email and ask for guidelines and an editorial calendar. Or just send your idea, like I did.
And keep an eye out. You never know when you’ll run across a great story! (P.S. Thanks, Sydney!)
May 22, 2009
Blogs, Books, Kid's Lit Market
My, oh my. I love books! And I especially love winning books! So, when I saw that I’d won a copy of Crocodaddy by the gifted (and funny-face-making) Kim Norman, I was pretty much beside myself. Want to know how I won?
Here’s the scoop: I popped into Sally Apokedak’s blog All About Children’s Books. Where she just happened to be giving away Crocodaddy. All I had to do was leave a comment with my own version of a Crocodaddy poem. Actually, I wrote three poems, because that’s the way I roll. Not that it gave me a better chance to win. I’m just lucky at winning books. (Some day I’m going to figure out how to transfer that luck to selling books…but that’s an entirely different post.)
Sally reviews lots of books and participates in blog tours and such, and stopping by to see what she’s schmoozin’ about is a great way to get the scoop on what’s hot in the children’s world of literature. And you might meet a witty author, or win a great book.
And now, because a good market is hard to find, I’m throwing in the call out for Learning Through History. If you’ve got an idea for a thrilling article Ireland-related, circa 19th century, you have till June 15th to send your pitch. Remember that LTH is for readers aged 12 – 17 years.
As promised…a blog, a book, and a market. Oh, my. I’ve outdone myself!
January 30, 2009
City Kidz, Kid's Lit Market
City Kidz Magazine keeps popping up on my kid’s market radar, so I’m taking that as a sign that I should do something. Like submit, maybe?
This market is brand-spanking new, so I hope they succeed. I like the concept of a family and parenting magazine that focuses on education. And I particularly like that they welcome new writers. Check out their website here. You’ll find that City Kidz is asking for queries. Oh, and they’re a professional paying market. I really like that!