Even If You’ve Heard It All Before (Reminders for Writers)

file0001008451882Today, I’m over at The Muffin, writing about the best way to stack the deck in your writing favor with “Give ‘Em What They Want.”

To be honest, I didn’t say anything earth-shatteringly new. But the Muffin blog and WOW-Women on Writing attract writers new to the business every day, so for them, the information could be earth-shatteringly new.

On the other hand, even old-timers like me can fall into that two-headed trap: complacency and arrogance. Yeah, yeah, yeah, we think, I know what to do. Or, yeah, yeah, yeah, we figure, those rules are for other just-starting-out writers. So every once in a while I need a reminder not to get too big for my writing britches.

Not saying that you do, too. I’m sure you’re the Mary Poppins of the writing world, practically perfect in every way. But just in case you aren’t…

(And P.S. you might want to read Renee’s comment on the post; it’s good stuff, too. Please come back tomorrow for Scott Keen’s post–the one I referenced at The Muffin. He’ll be giving us the 4-1-1 on WiDo Publishing and his new book!)

Tooting My Horn Tuesday: Knowonder (It’s a Book!)

hermans-horrible-day-cover-5.5-x-8.5 A while back, I shared with you about a new market for children’s writers called knowonder. And then I shared that I had a story published at knowonder called “The Chocolate Cake Bait.” You’d think that would be enough, but you’d be wrong. Because now, my story’s been included in one of the knowonder story collections: Herman’s Horrible Day.

I love what’s going on over at knowonder. And I love lists. So let’s put the two together!

1. I love that the editorial team is so responsive to their market. When they realized that parents weren’t as likely to read the stories from electronic devices, they developed a paper format. They’ve published four volumes of story collections now (but they have Kindle versions as well for those parents who really like electronic format and cost).

2. I love their Story-a-day initiative. When the Junior Halls were Wee Halls, we enjoyed a lot of reading. Each child had his or her reading preferences. Oldest Junior Hall was my “read-aloud stories” kid. He had quite the imagination, and honestly, he could listen to me read for hours. I think he’d still sit down for a good listen if I offered a read. (Is that weird for a twenty-something?) Juniorette Hall would rather read for herself, thank you very much. And Juniorest Hall found a story he liked and wanted it read over and over and over and…you get the picture. The point is, each of these kids read every day. (Sometimes the same story, but still.) And they reaped the benefits of daily reading. I love that knowonder is all about providing stories every day, with enough different stories to reach every reader in the home.

3. I love that they pay their writers –and that they offer promotional support as well. Yes, they’re a business model, and they want to succeed financially. But I appreciate the passion behind why they want to succeed. They want kids to read. And that’s why I write stories.

Know wonder I love ’em so much!

P.S. Speaking of writing stories, before you write the first word of your next story, you may want to read my post over at The Muffin. Then get to work. Knowonder needs lots of stories (and articles, too)!