First-Time Authors

First-Time Authors

64 children's writers' first published pieces––with authors' and editors' commentaries.

First-Time Authors presents 64 children's magazine stories and articles that were first published pieces, often with the original artwork included. The authors share their story behind the story; how they got the idea, developed, polished, and revised it to meet an editor's needs and then achieved that all-important first sale.

To see how the process worked from the other side of the desk, we asked the editors who accepted these selections to explain what attracted them to the submissions . . . how they worked on the manuscripts . . . and why the stories and articles were ultimately successful.

The 64 first published pieces include 26 stories and 38 articles that appeared in 40 different magazines, for youngest listeners and readers, intermediate readers, and preteens and teens.


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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."