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Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week's show notes. If you want to learn about how to get into children's publishing, Listen!

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Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week's show notes. If you want to learn about how to get into children's publishing, Listen!

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155 Ratings
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137
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Love the Insights

By JMBurr - Sep 05 2018
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I love the upbeat, quick tips and ideas from Katie Davis.

Helpful Tips for Writers

By CC Luike - Mar 10 2018
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You don't want to miss Katie's expert tips for writers.

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Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week's show notes. If you want to learn about how to get into children's publishing, Listen!

Interview with Deborah Heiligman | Writing for Children 107

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GUEST EXPERT DEBORAH HEILIGMAN

Deborah Heiligman is the author of 31 books for children and teens. Her most recent book is Vincent And Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. It has received six starred reviews and has won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Nonfiction as well as the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award and a Printz Honor Award at the 2018 ALA Youth Media Awards. Her other recent books include: The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life Of Paul Erdos and Snow Dog, Go Dog. Charles And Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith was a National Book Award Finalist, A Printz Honor, the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction winner, and a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize.

We discuss: - What to do if you receive edits from an editor/agent/critique partner you don’t agree with. - How to eliminate dates or places or details/facts that get in the way of story if you feel like the reader should know that stuff? - Not writing “on the nose.” - AND MORE!

START WRITING YOUR BOOK. Learn how to write publishable manuscripts with your own one-on-one mentor, an experienced professional author. To see if you qualify, go to writingforchildren.com/iamready

Jul 06 2018

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Building Your Story | Writing for Children 135

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BUILDING YOUR STORY

Let’s do something a little different today. February is Building Your Story Month at ICL. So, today I’m going to walk you through one of our writing exercises in our Writing for Children and Teens course. Download the show notes at writingforchildren.com/135 to follow along with the photos.

Sign up for our weekly ICL Newsletter and get leads on hot markets, cool resources, articles on the craft of writing and our free ebook HOW TO WRITE A CHILDREN'S BOOK. Join here!

Feb 09 2019

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Basic Story Elements (Rebroadcast) | Writing for Children 126

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CHARACTERS, SETTING, AND THEME, OH MY!

This week is Thanksgiving in the U.S., so we are bringing you a rebroadcast of a popular episode. Time to take it back to the basics and discuss characters, setting, and theme in children's books.

First month is FREE for the Writers' Block! Go to writingforchildren.com/writersblock use code WBPOD18

Nov 23 2018

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How to Write Dialogue | Writing for Children

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TIPS FOR CREATING QUALITY DIALOGUE

A while ago on the Institute's Facebook page, someone was asking about dialogue, which made me think again about this important writing tool. And if you’re writing to self-publish you really need to know about how to write dialogue. Readers love dialogue because it makes a scene and a character come to life. Dialogue puts us into a specific moment within a story and that's a powerful thing for readers. But many writers struggle with dialogue and with making it feel lively, purposeful, and real. So what should you do first in the pursuit of good dialogue?

Join the Writers' Block! Encouragement, support, and critiques for our members. Go to writingforchildren.com/writersblock to check it out!

Sep 14 2018

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Preparing to Write a First Draft | Writing for Children 136

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GETTING ORGANIZED FOR THE LONG HAUL

You might think the first draft is the first step in your story's life and for some it might be. However, there are steps you can take before you put pen to paper that will help you out on the journey ahead. Today we talk about researching (for nonfiction and fiction!), getting to know your characters through prewriting, and managing your time to get your project over the finish line.

Sign up for our weekly ICL Newsletter and get leads on hot markets, cool resources, articles on the craft of writing and our free ebook HOW TO WRITE A CHILDREN'S BOOK. Join here!

Feb 15 2019

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Journal Your Successes | Writing for Children 131

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TRACK YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

It's easy to start the year positive and full optimism about your goals. It's hard to keep that momentum going as the year moves on. Today we talk about tracking your success throughout the year with actionable steps to keep you motivated all year long.

Get your Success Journal, free, here: instituteforwriters.com/successjournal

Jan 11 2019

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Creating Charaters Inspired by Real Life | Writing for Children 153

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CREATING CHARACTERS INSPIRED BY REAL LIFE

One way to find great characters is to look in the world around you. This seems relatively simple but may actually be harder than it sounds. Why? Because the key to creating vivid characters is writing them objectively and letting the reader draw their own conclusions.

What does it mean to be objective when writing about your characters? In this episode, we work through an ICL exercise to help you see the world, and the characters in it, more objectively.

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Jun 14 2019

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Ingredients for the Perfect Character | Writing for Children 141

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INGREDIENTS FOR THE PERFECT CHARACTER

Character creation can be approached in many different ways, but overall, most great characters come about as a mixture. Like a particularly tasty casserole, a writer grabs a pinch of this and a dash of that during the creation process. So let's look at some of the most common ingredients in our character casserole.

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Mar 22 2019

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Talking Character Development with Eileen Robinson | Writing for Children 099

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CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT

In this episode, Katie interviews Editor and Publisher Eileen Robinson. Editor/Publisher Eileen Robinson loves the power of stories and helping authors revise.  She feels once the draft is done, the revision process is where an author’s skill, inventiveness, and individuality begins to shine through. She has worked in children’s publishing as an editor for over 20 years, in-house and independently at both Scholastic and Harcourt — in educational publishing, school and library, with has trade, magazines, book fairs and clubs. She now owns  f1rstpages.com, partners with Harold Underdown in Kid’s Book Revisions, and publishes book through Move Books Children’s Publishing.

START WRITING YOUR BOOK. Learn how to write publishable manuscripts with your own one-on-one mentor, an experienced professional author. To see if you qualify, go to writingforchildren.com/iamready

May 12 2018

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Revision | Writing for Children 111

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YOUR FIRST STEP TO FANTASTIC WRITING

"Wait ... what do you mean I'm not done?!"

It's a common refrain among new writers as they realize their first draft is only the beginning. In truth, revision is the step that takes your writing from so-so to sold.

So, revision is a necessary part of the writing process, but how do you go about doing it?

Different techniques work better for different stories and different authors. With the help of IFW contributor Rita Reali, we dig into a few examples.

START WRITING YOUR BOOK. Learn how to write publishable manuscripts with your own one-on-one mentor, an experienced professional author. To see if you qualify, go to writingforchildren.com/iamready

Aug 10 2018

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Pacing | Writing for Children 127

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WRITE A GRIPPING NOVEL

You want your book to be referred to like this: “Fast-paced.” “Gripping.” “A page-turner.” “I couldn’t put it down.” Why do some books get these comments, while others are called “slow” or “flat”?

Let's get to the bottom of the pacing dilemma in today's episode.

First month is FREE for the Writers' Block! Go to writingforchildren.com/writersblock use code WBPOD18

Nov 30 2018

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How Good is Your Title? | Writing for Children 108

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HOW GOOD IS YOUR TITLE?

Sometimes I find great fodder to share in the ICL archives. I loved this one, inspired by an article by Veda Boyd Jones. Have you ever played The Landlord’s Game? Come on. I bet you have. You know, the game that was created in the Depression? Oh, wait. That was the original title given to the game…it uses real estate as the theme. Does… Monopoly sound familiar? The Landlord’s Game was renamed Monopoly, and history was made.

Often, working titles can generally be dull and simply name the topic. Before you submit, you need to give them the zap that will make the reader pull a book off a bookstore shelf. And although editors often change the titles of an article, story, or book, as a writer you want the first reader––which could be an editor––to find your title engaging. The best way to learn how to title a piece is to study successful titles.

Join the Writers' Block! Looking for writers who "get" what you're going through? Need a little push to get yourself writing and submitting? Looking for a little feedback on your manuscript? Go to writingforchildren.com/writersblock

Jul 13 2018

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Set Up Your Plot | Writing for Children 149

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GIVE YOUR CHARACTERS SOMETHING TO DO

Summed up to its essential core, a plot is the result of applying pressure to a character to the degree that the character must act in reaction to the pressure. The pressure you apply and the reaction to it will be directly tied to the character you’ve created. An impulsive, brave, active child will take very little pressure to be pushed into an adventure, but an “easy” plot like that is rarely very satisfying for the reader. Let's talk about ways to up the pressure and keep your readers engaged.

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May 17 2019

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Finding Markets for Your Writing | Writing for Children 170

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FINDING MARKETS FOR YOUR WRITING

Businesses and industries consider market research a wise investment. They don’t waste time and money trying to sell air conditioners in Alaska, fur coats in the tropics, or prime beef to vegetarians. Successful writers, too, must learn to be market-wise about their creative products.

You wouldn’t have to do much market research to see that an article on retirement living would be a poor choice for Humpty Dumpty Magazine or Highlights for Children. But other market choices are not that obvious. Suppose you’ve written a great sports story for readers in the 8-12 age bracket. Which of those two magazines would be an appropriate market for it? A professional writer would know instantly. In this episode, we talk about how to find the best markets for your work.

The 2020 Market Guides are now available in the ICL Bookstore. Get up-to-date information on hundreds of publishers and agents.

www.writingforchildren.com/bookstore

Oct 11 2019

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Interview with Carolyn Crimi | Writing for Children 134

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INTERVIEW WITH CAROLYN CRIMI

Carolyn Crimi is the author of numerous picture books, including Boris and Bella, Where's My Mummy?, and Don't Need Friends. Carolyn Crimi received the Prairie State Award in her home state of Illinois for her body of work and her book, There Might Be Lobsters, won the Golden Kite Award in 2018. She was born and raised on Long Island, New York, and now lives in Illinois with her husband and pug.

We talk about:

- developing a manuscript inspired by a real life experiences.

- why you should put your manuscript away for a while.

- easy tips for seeing your manuscript in a new way.

Get your Success Journal, free, here: instituteforwriters.com/successjournal

Feb 01 2019

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Borrowing the Knowledge You Need | Writing for Children 172

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BORROWING THE KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED

Whether you write what you know or delve into subjects that intrigue but are new to you, editors want primary sources. For some subject areas, such as history, this means locating, letters, journals, maps, and other contemporary documents. For science and other academic topics, writers can turn to research studies and professional journals. For almost any topic, expert sources are among the strongest of all. Experts can expand on material located in journals, settle controversies, and give you access to the latest information in their field.

Despite this, many writers avoid contacting experts. Let's get you past that fear today.

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Oct 25 2019

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Leaving the Nest | Writing for Children 114

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Nesting usually involves the spot where you find immediate (or first) success, but there will always be walls around you if you give in to staying in your first nest. You'll grow until you fill up that specific nesting spot and no more, not unless you're willing to peek out of your particular niche and considering dashing into a spot you know nothing whatsoever about. Growth, change, learning, and challenge makes us better writers. Nesting holds us at whatever spot we've grown accustom.

Let's talk about getting out of our nests today and finding success in new writing areas.

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Aug 31 2018

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700,000 Copies and Six Figures Later ... |Writing for Children 082

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FROM SELF-PUBLISHED TO PUBLISHER

In this episode, I interview bestselling, self-published children's book author and publisher Maria Dismondy.

Award-winning author and founder of the publishing company, Cardinal Rule Press, Maria Dismondy inspires and educates others in the book industry. Maria’s background in early education and research enables her to touch lives the world over while touring as a public speaker in schools, community forums and at national conferences.

Maria also developed content for our new Writer's Block membership! Check out how the Writer's Block can help you achieve your goals in the new year. Click here!

What's your question?

Tell us and we'll answer your writing questions on the podcast. Go to this link and leave your question: http://www.writingforchildren.com/speak.

NEW Expanded Critique Service We've just expanded the IFW Critique Service! You can now get a full critique of your manuscript whether it's a picture book, middle grade chapter book, YA, Memoir, Fantasy, or Adult Fiction. It's time to make your story the best it can be before you send it to that perfect agent or publisher. Go to https://www.instituteforwriters.com/critique-service/

Jan 06 2018

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Basic Story Elements | Writing for Children 094

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CHARACTER, SETTING, AND THEME

Today, we’re going to discuss three basic story elements: characters, setting, and theme. Characters, of course, are the lifeblood of fiction, whether they be human or animal. Setting denotes a story’s time and place (sometimes including its weather). There’s the point of the story—its main idea or theme.

Listen to the full episode as we go more in-depth with each of these and how to use each element in the appropriate way for the type of story you are writing.

What's your question?

Tell us and we'll answer your writing questions on the podcast. Go to this link and leave your question: http://www.writingforchildren.com/speak.

IFW Critique Service Don't waste your chance! Before you send your work to a publisher or agent, get professional feedback to make sure your manuscript is the best it can be. Get a full critique of your manuscript whether it's a picture book, middle grade chapter book, YA, Memoir, Fantasy, or Adult Fiction. Go to https://www.instituteforwriters.com/critique-service/

Mar 30 2018

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Listener Q & A | Writing for Children 101

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ANSWERS TO YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS

It's a whole episode of your listener questions! Editor and Publisher Eileen Robinson is back answering your questions and giving it to you straight. We discuss:

  • How many and what kinds of errors are okay in a submitted manuscript?
  • Does punctuation really matter?
  • How long should an ending be?
  • What makes for an interesting/well-developed character?
  • What makes a character unlikable?
  • How do you create an unreliable narrator?
  • How does dialogue shape character?
  • In picture books, how do you shape a character in just 32 pages?

START WRITING YOUR BOOK. Learn how to write publishable manuscripts with your own one-on-one mentor, an experienced professional author. To see if you qualify, go to writingforchildren.com/iamready

May 26 2018

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Browbeaten into Submission | Writing for Children 177

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BROWBEATEN INTO SUBMISSION

Sometimes, the most well-meaning folks can do the greatest harm to an aspiring writer. For a writer, there can be a lot of pressure to get published or prove you can get published. Our friend and frequent blogger, Rita Reali shares some of her story with us today.

Want to come to our amazing Revision Power webinar? Sign up at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower

Nov 30 2019

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Break into Publishing | Writing for Children 176

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BREAK INTO PUBLISHING

Writing is a noble proposition, in and of itself. Published writing is something else entirely. And paid published writing—whoa, Nellie, that’s just glorious! In order to get published, though, you need to put yourself “out there” in the world, and get your writing in front of people who are in charge of accepting items for publication … preferably in places that will pay you for your work. Inspired by an article from Rita Reali, let’s look at different ways to break into publishing today.

Want to come to our amazing Revision Power webinar? Sign up at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower

Nov 22 2019

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6 Steps to Submission Success | Writing for Children 175

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6 STEPS TO SUBMISSION SUCCESS

These days a vast majority of publishers and agents accept submissions online, whether through email or a website form. There are a few holdouts, but these days it sounds strange to hear anyone say they don't take digital submissions. This means we all need to learn how to put our best foot forward in online submissions. Adapted from an article by Jan Fields, here are six steps to submission success.

Want to come to our amazing Revision Power webinar? Sign up at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower

Nov 15 2019

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Assembling Your Submission Package | Writing for Children 174

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ASSEMBLING YOUR SUBMISSION PACKAGE

When it comes to becoming a published writer, queries are quintessential. They represent the bridge from your creative endeavors to becoming a professional. Sure, some submissions require cover letters or website forms, but every writer must conquer the query above all. And the query is a key part of a writer’s platform. This episode will look at queries, cover letters, and the other elements that make up submission packages.

Get the ICL Submission Prep Package FREE:

http://writingforchildren.com/submissionprep

Nov 08 2019

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Interview with Emma Walton Hamilton | Writing for Children 173

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INTERVIEW WITH EMMA WALTON HAMILTON

Emma Walton Hamilton is a best-selling children’s book author, editor, and writing coach.  With her mother, actress/author Julie Andrews, Emma has co-authored over thirty children’s books, nine of which have been on the NY Times Bestseller list, including The Very Fairy Princess series. She is Director of the Children’s Lit Fellows program at Stony Brook University. She served as the Editorial Director for the Julie Andrews Collection imprint at Harper Collins for six years. So, she's seen submissions from both sides of the desk.

We talk about: • What are common mistakes new writers make when submitting? • How do you find the right place to submit to? • Do all writers need an agent? • How do you get an agent? • Do any houses accept unsolicited at this point?

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Nov 01 2019

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Borrowing the Knowledge You Need | Writing for Children 172

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BORROWING THE KNOWLEDGE YOU NEED

Whether you write what you know or delve into subjects that intrigue but are new to you, editors want primary sources. For some subject areas, such as history, this means locating, letters, journals, maps, and other contemporary documents. For science and other academic topics, writers can turn to research studies and professional journals. For almost any topic, expert sources are among the strongest of all. Experts can expand on material located in journals, settle controversies, and give you access to the latest information in their field.

Despite this, many writers avoid contacting experts. Let's get you past that fear today.

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Oct 25 2019

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Pitfalls of Research | Writing for Children 171

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EVALUATING YOUR SOURCES

Today’s episode comes from the IFW book Searching: A Research Guide for Writers, now available in our bookstore. Whether you’re writing fiction or nonfiction, research is an important piece of having an authentic article or manuscript that connects with editors and readers. In this episode, we’re talking about how to evaluate the information you find in your research for credibility and reliability.

Questions to Ask

Never accept a web page at face value; always evaluate the information. Here’s a checklist of basic things to consider:

• Who is the author? What credentials does this person or organization have? 

• What is the purpose of the website or publication? Is it intended to inform, inspire, entertain, or persuade? What is the historical context of the information?

• How comprehensive is the coverage? Is it an overview or does it delve deeply into your topic? 

• Is the source impartial or does it emphasize paid links?

For more questions to ask about your source, listen to the full episode

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Oct 18 2019

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Finding Markets for Your Writing | Writing for Children 170

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FINDING MARKETS FOR YOUR WRITING

Businesses and industries consider market research a wise investment. They don’t waste time and money trying to sell air conditioners in Alaska, fur coats in the tropics, or prime beef to vegetarians. Successful writers, too, must learn to be market-wise about their creative products.

You wouldn’t have to do much market research to see that an article on retirement living would be a poor choice for Humpty Dumpty Magazine or Highlights for Children. But other market choices are not that obvious. Suppose you’ve written a great sports story for readers in the 8-12 age bracket. Which of those two magazines would be an appropriate market for it? A professional writer would know instantly. In this episode, we talk about how to find the best markets for your work.

The 2020 Market Guides are now available in the ICL Bookstore. Get up-to-date information on hundreds of publishers and agents.

www.writingforchildren.com/bookstore

Oct 11 2019

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Interview with Susan Campbell Bartoletti | Writing for Children 169

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 INTERVIEW WITH SUSAN CAMPBELL BARTOLETTI

Susan Campbell Bartoletti is the author of picture books, novels, and nonfiction for children, including the Newbery Honor book Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler's Shadow, the Sibert Medal-winning Black Potatoes, and Dear America: A Coal Miner's Bride. Her work has received dozens of awards and honors, including the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Nonfiction, the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, and the Jane Addams Children's Book Award.

We discuss:

  • Research pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • First steps writers just starting out

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Oct 04 2019

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Reshaping Your Story Part 2 | Writing for Children 168

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RESHAPING YOUR STORY PART 2

Last week, we started talking about how to assess your story’s structure, specifically its beginning. You can find that episode at writingforchildren.com/167. Today, we’re focusing on managing the middle of your story and getting to the tidy, yet satisfying, ending.

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Sep 28 2019

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Reshaping Your Story Part 1 | Writing for Children 167

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RESHAPING YOUR STORY PART 1

You’ve finished a draft (or several drafts) of a story you’re excited about. You set it aside to cool for several days, then reread it. While you’re still pleased with the story, you have to admit it needs more work—not just polishing, but re-engineering for better pace, suspense, and focus. If you’re like most writers, you may also find it’s run considerably over the word length you were aiming for, an important consideration if you’re planning to submit the story to editors. Today we talk about where to begin reshaping your story.

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Sep 20 2019

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Revision: Don't Go It Alone | Writing for Children 166

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DON'T REVISE BY YOURSELF

When you’re about to begin revising a piece of writing, it can seem so daunting you may be tempted to bury the darn thing at the bottom of your sweater drawer, then go hide somewhere (say, at the beach) for a few weeks.

But, you’re listening to this podcast, so you’re in luck! Author and IFW Guest Blogger Rita Reali is also a freelance editor and today we bring you her advice on why you should get fresh eyes on your manuscript once you’re ready to revise.  

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Sep 13 2019

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Interview with Renee LaTulippe | Writing for Children 165

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INTERVIEW WITH RENEE LATULIPPE

Renée M. LaTulippe has poems published in many anthologies including School People (ed. Lee Bennett Hopkins), and National Geographic's The Poetry of US and Book of Nature Poetry (both ed. J. Patrick Lewis) to name a few. Renée developed and teaches the online course The Lyrical Language Lab: Punching Up Prose with Poetry and blogs on children’s poetry at NoWaterRiver.com.

We talk about: • What are common mistakes new writers make? • How do you eliminate too much description but still give readers the flavor of your character and setting? • Should all writers study poetry or just writers writing in rhyme? • Favorite revision tips?

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Sep 06 2019

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Guest Expert Pascale Duguay | Writing for Children 164

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GUEST EXPERT PASCALE DUGUAY

Pascale Duguay is a freelance writer, French/English translator, and high school librarian. Her freelance writing includes articles on books, writing, personal essays, children's short stories, games, activities, and more. We talk about:

  • The biggest differences between writing for magazines and writing for books
  • How much research you need to do before querying a magazine
  • How to take advantage of editorial calendars
  • And more!

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Aug 30 2019

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What to Expect From a Writing Conference Pt 2 | Writing for Children 163

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WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING TO GO TO A WRITING CONFERENCE PART 2

In last week's episode, we talked about how to choose the conference you want to go to. This week, we'll touch on what to expect when you get there, what to wear, what to take, and what not to do.

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Aug 23 2019

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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Go to a Writing Conference Pt 1 | Writing for Children 162

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A WRITING CONFERENCE PART 1

Many people sign up for writing conferences hoping they’ll send a manuscript home with an editor, or even better, be offered a contract right there at the conference. Has that ever happened at a conference? Probably. But you’re much more likely to come home with a cold than a contract. Does this mean writing conferences aren’t worth your time and money? Not at all. It does mean that you need to know what you can expect to gain from a conference so you can prepare for all it has to offer.

Get a FREE peek into Writers' Block here: http://instituteforwriters.com/freewritersblock

Aug 16 2019

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Protecting Your Reputation on Social Media | Writing for Children 161

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PROTECTING YOUR REPUTATION

Whether we like it or not, social media is a part of our current culture. Just like most things in life, social media can have amazing benefits for writers. There are authors whose books were first pitched on Twitter and liked by an editor which led to a book deal. Who knows how many critique groups have formed in writing groups on Facebook. And, of course, let’s not leave out the ability to market your book yourself through your social media channels. The world has opened up for writers in a big way over the last 10-15 years. Today we're going to talk about the downside and how to protect yourself and your reputation.

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Aug 09 2019

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Interview with David Katz | Writing for Children 160

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GUEST EXPERT DAVID KATZ

The producer of the Kauai Writers Conference gives tips for attending conferences and the benefits writers get by involved in face-to-face sessions with authors, agents, and editors.

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Aug 02 2019

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34 Things Your Website Needs Part 2 | Writing for Children 159

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34 THINGS YOU NEED FOR YOUR WEBSITE PART 2

In last week's episode, we talked about the first 17 things you need for your author websites. Part 2 brings us the next 17 things including social media, your about page, SEO, and more! 

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Jul 26 2019

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34 Things Your Website Needs Part 1 | Writing for Children 158

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34 THINGS YOU NEED FOR YOUR WEBSITE PART 1

Author websites are important in 21st century publishing. Consider your website your business card to the world. So, what should be on your website? Listen to the podcast to get started.

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Jul 19 2019

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