Writing for Children Blog

A weekly look at the craft of writing from full time freelance writer and former ICL Instructor Jan Fields. To have these articles, hot markets accepting submissions, and cool writer resources delivered directly to your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter HERE.

The Courage to Go Your Own Way Following your own road map
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Taking Stock Failure is proof of effort.
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Pacing Write a Gripping Novel
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Basic Story Elements A Rebroadcast on Character, Setting, and Theme
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Picture Books: Sound Off Writing stories that are meant to be read aloud
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Picture Books: First Lines Are you making a good first impression?
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Lists for Writers Handy lists writers should keep
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An Interview with Hannah Holt On industry research and being a debut picture book author
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The Unique Challenge of Picture Books Tips on shared storytelling
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Novel Writing FAQ Let's answer a few unusual questions
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Break Free from Pretending It's Time to Be Yourself
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A Writer's Book of Lists Keeping Track of What's Important
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How to Write Dialogue Tips for Creating Quality Dialogue
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Off the Beaten Path A World of Opportunity Awaits
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Dave Chesson - The Kindlepreneur An Interview with a Self-Publishing Expert
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Reconnecting with a Work in Progress Time to Revisit Old Friends
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Leaving the Nest Spread your wings with a new kind of writing
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Don't Crash on the Rock of Talent Is your ego getting in the way?
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Where Should Your Money Go? Part 2
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Show Up to Learn Getting the most from your conference experience
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Where Should Your Money Go? Part 1
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Reading: Osmosis Education One of the best writing teachers is at your fingertips.
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Revision: Your First Step to Fantastic Writing Nope, you're not done yet.
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Behind the Curtain Discovering the tricks of the writing trade
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Revise Your View of Revision Creating a Revision Plan
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Revision: Revising by the Bones A New Way to Use an Old Tool
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Writer Reason vs. Story Reason Which one will win?
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How Good is Your Title? Revising Until It's GREAT!
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Revising Your Picture Book for Clear Structure What's holding your story together?
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Interview with Deborah Heiligman Talking Revision with the Bestselling Author
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Distance: The Key to Revision Time is your friend.
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How to Write an Interview Turning Your Interview into a Article
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Nonfiction: Let's Talk More About Sources Evaluation is the key
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How to Conduct an Interview Tips for interviewing your nonfiction subjects
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4 Ways a Fiction Writer Can Learn to Love Nonfiction All You Have to Do is Fall in Love
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Nonfiction Articles You Can Write Part 2 More of What Magazines are Looking For
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Active Nonfiction It's Time to Do Something
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The Importance of Nonfiction Shaping the Future
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Nonfiction Guest Expert Christine Taylor-Butler An Interview with the Prolific Author
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Listener Q & A Your questions answered!
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Developing Characters What are their extremes?
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A Rose By Any Other Name Four Tips for Naming Your Characters
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How to Win a Contest 4 Tips to Take You to the Winners' Circle
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Character Development Every Character is a Casserole.
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How to Build a Good Mystery Part 2 Decide the Turning Point
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How to Build a Good Mystery Part 1 Ask the Right Question
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Ready for a Contest Win? Tighten up the weakest link.
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What is Story Form? Understanding the Basics of Story Structure
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For many writers, especially newer writers, revision is mainly a step for fixing typing errors, spelling errors and grammar mistakes. Some may have a checklist of things to look for such as overuse...
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Get Children to Read Your Book Engage your reader beyond the first paragraph
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One of the most important questions to consider when developing a story is "what is going to be at stake for my main character?" By this, we mean, “What is the cost of quitting?”  A worthwhile...
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Good stories have lots of moving parts, and it can be challenging to get all the parts to come together in a way that works. Many writers understand that a good plot requires giving your main...
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Many times, the compelling urge to write, to create, to make something that reflects our skills and creativity, brings us to the blank page (or blank computer screen) with the intention of writing a...
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Hello, Editor? Here's a Submission. How to Submit to an Editor
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When it comes to writing and submissions, there is such a thing as too soon. In fact, the number one mistake writers make in the area of submitting their work is moving too fast and sending too...
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How to Choose Your Educational Writing Sample The Secrets to Samples
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Query letters, cover letters, pitches, and proposals all have one very important thing in common. They all require an author be able to describe the story in few words. This is sometimes called a...
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Making Your Submissions Plan Start Before You Finish Writing
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Your first contact with a publisher or agent does a lot of things. It presents the project you've created (or wish to create) in a clear, concise, lively manner. That's hard enough, right? But it...
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Top 3 Submission Tips An Interview with Julie Hedlund
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If you ask almost any writer what parts of the process they like least, submissions will pop up somewhere in the list. We worry about whether we're doing it right. We struggle to find all the...
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When You Have No Ideas What to do when the ideas won't come
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For most people considering children's writing for a career (or even for a hobby), the type of writing that comes to mind is fiction. For many of us, the picture books we loved most were fiction. The...
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Idea Theft Will Someone Steal Your Idea?
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"How is a raven like a writing desk?" When Lewis Carroll first wrote the riddle about the raven and the writing desk, he didn't have an answer. It was simply a riddle to stump a little girl, ...
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Idea Mining Where do ideas come from?
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Over the holidays, as I was putting out the holiday decorations, my daughter and I took time to talk about some the ornaments and other well-loved decorations. Some decorations brought back memories...
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One of the most crippling things a writer can do in the early stage of any book is worry about whether your story (or something like it) has been done before. First, pretty much all stories have been...
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For many people new to writing for children, all children's books are picture books. If you ask them what they are working on, they'll say, "a children's book" as if that is all the explanation...
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The new year will be upon us soon, and it's a good time to make plans to increase our chances of publication success in 2018. Now, it helps to know what you would consider success. So think about...
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Coming up with a title for your work in progress can be easy or really hard. Sometimes the title comes to you early, and you just always know what you want to call that story or book. Sometimes...
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Be Kind When You Rewind A Kind Assessment of Your Year
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Writer's Hibernation Are You Feeling a Writer's Hibernation?
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Writing exercises can be fun. They can also help you exercise your writing muscles and break through a block you might be having. So it's always good to know where to find them for those times you're...
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How to Know Where You Can Get Published, Part 2 An Interview with Market Guide Editor-in-Chief Marni McNiff
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Copyright, because it is an area of law, can be scary for writers, and many new writers worry about their work being stolen; they want to know what to do to protect their work. So questions about...
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Most people who get involved in writing have some level of hope that it will produce money. As an instructor with the Institute, I had many students who told me they hoped to reach a writing level...
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You Have No Option What to Do When You're Too Busy to Write
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One of the questions writers tend to be asked a lot is "where do you get your ideas?" Of course, two other questions are "can you read something for me?" and "can you pass this on to your...
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How to Know Where You Can Get Published, Part 1 An Interview with Market Guide Editor-in-Chief Marni McNiff
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Writing samples are those bits of writing that we send to educational publishers (and a few trade publishers) who are looking to staff specific projects with good writers. In these situations, the...
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Authentic Kid Voice Creating Quality Dialogue
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For many of us, this is an incredibly busy time. The holidays are beginning to peek over the horizon and nibble at our time (and if you want more info on how to deal with that in terms of your...
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Look in Your Junk Drawer Rethink, Restore, Revise
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Five Things to Worry About Details You Should Sweat About
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A while ago on the Institute's Facebook page, someone was asking about dialogue, which made me think again about this important writing tool. Readers love dialogue because it makes a scene and a...
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Let's Solve That Crafting a Satisfying Solution
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The Secrets to Samples Many of us who write for educational publishers are very familiar with samples. These are the bits of writing publishers use to judge whether you're a writer who can do the...
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Get Engaged (No Ring Required!)
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Writing can be a lonely art form. Unlike performance artists, you don't have audience reaction to rev you up. And sometimes family and friends aren't incredibly supportive, especially during the...
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Dangerous Writing Tools Knowing What to Use and When
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Picturing Picture Book Summit FREE Mini Summit
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People often tell me how lucky I am to make a profession from something I enjoy deeply. And I am thrilled that this has been possible for me. I love being a writer. Except when I don't. No profession...
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As writers we can easily get caught up in the mode of looking for anyone who will accept us. This is especially true early on in our writing careers, but all publishers are not created equal. After...
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I was recently at the Highlights Foundation and had the opportunity to read the guest book journal in my cabin. A couple of the guests talked about a large spider they cohabitated with. I never saw...
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Show Some Respect Why Submissions Guidelines Matter
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Long ago, when I first realized that my fiction would sell worlds better if I had any idea how to go about telling a good story, I started reading about plot. Plot seemed like a rather mysterious...
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Last Minute Dialogue Checklist The Key to Sparkling Conversation
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When I began submitting to editors, no one used email. Okay, I'm sort of old and no one actually had email. Submissions were sent through the postal mail, so they were typed. Tip articles talked...
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Catch 'Em with the Query Avoid the #1 Mistake Writers Make
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Recently I was watching a video where an artist was talking about "trade secrets" in art. He was recounting the times when he was just beginning in art and people would refuse to tell him what...
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Some writers love revision. In fact, for many, the rough draft is something to be rushed through to get to the real "fun," the revision. I'm not one of those writers. I do a lot of revising, ...
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7 Steps for Taking Your Work to the Next Level From So-So to So Good!
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For most writers, there are few things more reviled than writing a synopsis of a book manuscript or short story. What do you put in? What do you leave out? Why is writing a synopsis so...
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8 Steps to Perfect Dialogue Format Best Practices for Writing Conversations
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I know folks who lament about not having time to write. They'd do it if they just had time. If they could quit work. If they didn't have so much care-giving they needed to do. If they didn't have...
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8 Tips to Help You Get to Know Your Character Questions Every Writer Should Ask
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Whenever you have a large group of people with a dream and a desperation to fulfill it, you're also going to see people quick to take advantage of that. Helpful writers (many of whom began their...
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Sounds Good to Me Fun with Sound
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Writers often look at trademarked products or song lyrics or bits of poetry and ask, "Can I put this in my book?" The answer to that question can be complicated and rests in two fairly different...
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Within Reason People write stories for all kinds of reasons. Some do it to pass on experiences in their own life and family. Some do it to impart life lessons to help a new generation. Some do it...
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Sometimes, Ya Gotta Rhyme Three Essentials You Need to Sell a Rhyming Picture Book
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7 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Short Story Characters, Problems, and Changes, oh my!
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As a professional writer, I spend a lot of time thinking about sources. Whether I'm writing fiction or nonfiction, sources are important, because nothing feels worse than having a reader point out a...
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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Go to a Writing Conference Part 1 Making the Most of Your Conference Time
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I picked Kelly Milner Halls' quote about her excitement at finding new weird topics to write about, because I think it's key to nonfiction writing. It's key to fiction writing. It’s key to...
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Although writing is an art and a passion for me, I also really have to be paid, because writing is my full-time job. I've done some short bits for friends with little to no pay, but the writing I do...
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Explaining the Advance Debunking Common Myths about Advances from Publishers
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Planning a story or book can seem very counterintuitive to some writers who prefer a very organic process of simply sitting down and facing a blank page (or empty screen). There are very...
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At this point in my writing career, I have never won any prestigious awards, but I do make a living from my writing so I feel pretty successful. Success means something different to each of us, of...
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In any story, a character must do something. A character who just bobs along on the current of everyone else's actions and decisions isn’t worthy of being in your story, and definitely isn’t worthy...
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Layered Writing Identifying the Dual Nature of Your Story
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Recently I've been reviving an old love for drawing and sculpting. I'm never going to make a living at it, but I enjoy it. Connected to this hobby, I've also been looking at YouTube videos about...
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What's Your Point of View A First, Second, and Third Person Primer
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Do You Know the Answers to These Submissions Questions? 8 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Submit
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One of the most valuable things writers can do in our society is tell the truth. But the truth requires facts and facts require research. We have all kinds of valuable research options both online...
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How Submissions Work Formatting, Submitting, Rejection...Oh My!
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Cleopatra had Cooties What Do Kids Care About?
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There are some mistakes editors see so often that they've become sore spots, things they simply think writers ought to take the time to overcome. Every single one of them is something I've done at...
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Interview Your Characters Ask Your Characters How the Story is Going
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Serving Up Tempting Titles Giving Your Title Some Oomph!
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Q&A Hall of Fame Answers to Questions You May Have Missed
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From Inspiration to Publication Lessons Learned
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From Inspiration to Publication Kimberley answers more of your questions!
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How to Get Your Nonfiction Rejected Tips for Submitting Nonfiction Editors Can Use
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There is one thing I often notice when I'm reading query letters or cover letters with an eye toward improving them: when writers don't know how to submit to an editor it's often because they don't...
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Don't Promote Prose Bloat Part 2: Is it EVER Okay to Use an Adverb?
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Don't Promote Prose Bloat Part 1: How Evil Are Adverbs?
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Nonfiction Does Not Mean Nonfun Writing the true, untold, totally cool stories kids want to read
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Where Did You Get That Information? Finding Good Sources for Your Nonfiction Writing
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Creating Characters for Children's Magazines How to build big characters in tight spaces
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Three Keys to Nonfiction Writing Nonfiction for Children
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By Mara Kim Amazon review, Verified Purchase

"This is another great read from [ICL]... When I saw this particular one, I grabbed it immediately ... This book is a great addition to a writer's (whether published or not) shelf ... I highly recommend their writing courses. You receive feedback on your work from published authors. You will be encouraged but also pushed to make your story from good to great."