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.

8 Tips for Your Writer Website Must-haves for your author platform
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5 Tips for Your Amazon Author Page Making a Great First Impression
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A Self-Publishing Primer Yes, you really can do it yourself. by Rita Reali
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Dave Chesson - The Kindlepreneur An Interview with a Self-Publishing Expert
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It's hard to develop a story when you can't get started. Though there are many ways into story creation, one that isn't considered as often is the title. Titles are often tacked on at the end of the...
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A Self-Publishing Primer by Rita Reali You’ve done your outline, carefully completed extensive research, and fleshed out your protagonist, antagonist, and assorted minor characters. You’ve...
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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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How to Break into Freelance Writing by Chaunie Brusie Not too long ago, I was burning with jealousy whenever I would come across a writer’s byline. “Why her?” I would think, “how did she...
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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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The Competition Some book publishers are now specifically asking writers to look at competing books when sending in manuscript submissions, partial submissions, queries, or book proposals. And...
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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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Five Tips for Success Tips for earning a steady income from a working writer
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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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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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What to Expect When You're Expecting to Go to a Writing Conference Part 2 What Not to Do and What Not to Wear
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ISBNs Explained What's an ISBN and Why You Need One
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Explaining the Advance Debunking Common Myths about Advances from Publishers
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Creating Characters for Children's Magazines How to build big characters in tight spaces
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For many writers today, the one word certain to strike fear in their hearts is "platform." You must have platform. Platform is the key to success. Without platform, no one will want your work. But...
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By Jan Fields 1. You can't sell a book unless you have platform, contacts, or a bestseller already. On the surface, this lie can be comforting because it means that failing to sell isn't our...
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