Writing for Children's Magazines -
This includes a list of links to children's magazine websites and to their submission guidelines, if those are
Educational Markets for Children's Writers -
For those of you interested in writing books for the children's educational market, I've compiled a
list of markets with links to publisher websites and to online submission
guidelines. If you'd like to be on my mailing list to receive notice of updates to this list please
email me with "Education Market Updates" in the subject line.
Tips for Writing for the Education Market -
If you're fairly new to writing for the education market, this page provides help.
Writers, you might find this article, "Keeping Those Babies Sent Out,"
It describes the color-coded method I use for keeping track of my magazine submissions.
Do you wonder about the differences in children's genres? This guest article,
"Understanding Children's Book Genres," by Laura Backes can clear up the
If you often unhappily compare yourself to other writers you might want to read my article,
"The Big Acceptance!"
Do you want to improve your ability to write dialogue? Carolyn Howard-Johnson's guest article,
"Seven Easy Ways to Keep Dialogue Sharp," gives some helpful tips.
"Becoming a Puzzle
Master" gives lots of information about writing and marketing puzzles. It's the transcript of
the questions/answers from an online workshop I did.
If you create crossword puzzles and want to know how to format them in a Word document, I give you the steps
in "Formatting a Crossword Puzzle in Word."
Wanting to format a word search puzzle in a Word document? Check out how in my article:
"Formatting a Word Search Puzzle in Word."
The Frugal Editor by Carolyn Howard-Johnson
Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children's
Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career
by Nancy I. Sanders
If you want to have a career as a children's writer, this book is an excellent resource. The successful author of
more than 75 published books, Sanders knows the "tricks of the trade" and generously shares them here--everything
from time management and setting goals to critique groups and targeting publishers. She has keen insights into
the need for career-oriented writers to focus on what she calls the Triple Crown of Success--the multiple goals of
writing for personal fulfillment, writing to get published, and writing to earn income, and she has oodles of
concrete suggestions for accomplishing all three. Her strategies of searching for potential book contracts and
piggybacking on already successful book series are explained in detail. She even has separate tips for newbies and
for experienced authors. In addition to all the practical advice, Sanders' book is filled with inspiration and
encouragement, so that the reader really does come away with the feeling--Yes! I Can!
Helpful Sites for Children's Writers
The Institute of Children's
Literature--oodles of information and archived articles; you can also sign up for a helpful, free
Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators--
a professional international organization for writers and illustrators of children's literature
Verla Kay's Website--lots of helpful resources and a terrific
children's writers forum
Write4Kids/CBI Clubhouse--free resources and
email newsletter; an abundance of additional information for a small member fee
The Purple Crayon--plenty of articles, tips, and info
about writing for children
JacketFlap--a wonderful market resource! Detailed information on just about every children's book publisher
Ellen Jackson--lots of articles for writers, interviews of
children's writers, teaching resources, list of children's editors and their preferences
Nancy I. Sanders' Blog--regular posting of outstanding, helpful information for writers
Cynthia Leitich Smith--a wealth of information including
articles, interviews, bibliographies, and an extensive list of children's author and illustrator websites
Susan Taylor Brown--lots of resources for teachers and writers,
database for teaching guides for children's books, children's author match game
National Writing for Children Center--great
resource for writers and also the sponsor for the online radio program, Book Bites for Kids
Resources for Children's Writers--Rachelle Burk's amazing list of links
to over 25 categories of helpful resources
Websites of Some of My Writing Friends
Janeen Adil--wonderful non-fiction writer! Nature-related topics are among her favorites.
Vijaya Bodach--fabulous science and math writer. Author of more than 25 books and 50 magazine pieces.
Mirka Breen--in my writing group; author of
The Voice of Thunder, an excellent middle grade historical novel!
Tina Cho--talented writer of 20 easy readers; member of my online critique group.
Mary Rand Hess--author of The Day I Met the Nuts and Editor of Story Pie Press.
Diane Hower--a wonderful author/illustrator and member of my online critique group.
Ellen Jackson--award winning author of both fiction
and non-fiction. Cinder Edna and Earth Mother are two favorites among her many outstanding books.
Nancy I. Sanders--top-notch author of more than 75 books!
Ben Woodard--fun, creative writer and member of my local critique group.