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Do you want to learn how to write a children's book? Make money writing for children's magazines? Every Friday the Writing for Children podcast publishes from The Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1969, ICL has taught over 470,205 aspiring writers. Listen to the director of both The Institute for Writers and The Institute of Children's Literature and bestselling children's author Katie Davis host the show as she focuses on the craft of writing for children. She talks about how to wri ...
 
Author Katie Davis hosts Brain Burps About Books as a "fly on the wall" show. It's all about the craft and business of children's publishing, including both traditional and independent book publishing information. CHECK OUT KATIE'S NEW SHOW, WRITING FOR CHILDREN. Go to writingforchildren.com. Interviews with experts cover publishing, creating, promoting, and writing books. Are you an aspiring writer who'd like to know the inside scoop on how others got their books published? Kid's books? Ind ...
 
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WE CELEBRATE WITH OUR MOST POPULAR EPISODES To celebrate our 100th episode, we’ve edited together some of our most popular episodes, all in one easy-to-listen to package: 002-Three Keys to Writing Nonfiction for Children 004-Don't Tell Us a Story 005-Picture-Books-101 032-How Submissions Work START WRITING YOUR BOOK. Learn how to write publisha ...…
 
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 child ...…
 
4 TIPS TO TAKE YOU TO THE WINNERS' CIRCLE If you want to know how to win a writing contest, take it from someone who has judged a lot of writing contests. Here are four things that will almost automatically get you past the first few rounds of judging. They seem like simple things, but it is amazing how many folks don't do them. 1. DON'T ENTER ...…
 
DECIDE THE TURNING POINT A good mystery becomes clear and is solved only when the main character employs a new way of looking at the problem or discovers his own pre-existing weaknesses that have been pushing him in the wrong direction. For most mysteries, solutions come by some kind of change—a change in how we look at the problem, or a change ...…
 
TO BUILD A GOOD MYSTERY JUST ASK THE RIGHT QUESTION This episode is based on a post from Jan Fields, a ICL regular contributor. The experiences I refer to are hers, not mine. At this point, Jan has sold well over two dozen mystery novels for adults and has written and sold mysteries for children, both as short stories and chapter books. In fact ...…
 
INTERVIEW WITH A CONTEST JUDGE In this episode I interview frequent ICL contest judge and longtime instructor Nancy Coffelt. As well as being a multi-published picture book author and illustrator, Nancy is a fine artist and has been showing in galleries across the country since 1984. Her work is included in personal, public and corporate collec ...…
 
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 ...…
 
UNDERSTANDING THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF STORY STRUCTURE Inspired by our course, Writing for Children and Teens, we discuss: • A story beginning establishes a main character and a basic situation. • The middle develops a problem or difficulty and builds to a climax, which is then resolved. • The ending concludes the story’s events. • This structure ...…
 
ENGAGE THE READER BEYOND THE FIRST PARAGRAPH Snagging the attention of a reader so that he or she will sit down with your short story or book can be challenging. We all know that short story illustrations and book covers play a part in grabbing reader attention. This part is often out of the author's hands. The same is true with things like the ...…
 
WHAT ARE THE RULES? If you've tried writing fantasy in any form—picture books, magazine story, chapter book, or novel—you know that a key element of fantasy is that things happen in the story that cannot happen in real life. Thus, you are deciding that your story will violate natural universal laws in some way. Some stories only slip outside th ...…
 
STORY DEVELOPMENT In this episode, I interview author Chris Tebbetts. Chris is the author and co-author of many books for young readers. Titles include the #1 New York Times bestselling MIDDLE SCHOOL series, as well as PUBLIC SCHOOL SUPERHERO, with James Patterson and illustrator Laura Park; the New York Times bestselling STRANDED series with J ...…
 
HOW TO SUBMIT TO AN EDITOR When writers don't know how to submit to an editor it's often because they don't think like editors. Writers think about their reasons for writing something. At the submission point, editors do not care what your reason for writing something was. They don't care that you want to encourage children to obey their parent ...…
 
THE SECRETS TO SAMPLES Many 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 job for them. If you've never handled writing samples, they can be scary. How do you know if the sample you're sending will wow the publisher? What about re ...…
 
WHAT'S YOUR PLAN? There is nothing like the thrill of finishing a story or article or book. You're worked hard on it, you know it's the best you can do, and you're probably still a little in love with it. Now all you have to do is send it out. So you scramble for an agent or market. You discover it's harder than you thought to find a place that ...…
 
TOP 3 SUBMISSION TIPS In this episode, I interview author and 12 x 12 founder Julie Hedlund. Along with Emma Walton Hamilton, Julie co-created the Complete Guide to Picture Book Submissions. With experience on both sides of the submissions desk, they know what makes a query stand out—in any genre. Julie Hedlund is an award-winning picture book ...…
 
WHEN THE IDEAS WON'T COME 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 publisher/ agent?" but let's stick with the question of ideas. Ideas are both the most valuable and the least valuable thing a write ...…
 
WILL SOMEONE STEAL YOUR IDEA? Writers sometimes worry that someone will steal their idea. It's rare. If a publisher sees an idea that suits their publishing line and is executed really well, it's improbable they do anything but buy it. But if they see an idea with amazing potential that isn't realized in the story––well, it is possible to be un ...…
 
WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM? It is a common question that is difficult to answer. Ideas are elusive and their sources hard to pin down. In her guidebook Take Joy: A Writer’s Guide to Loving the Craft, Jane Yolen, prolific author of more than 300 books for children and young adults, reflects, “How much easier it would be if there were some central ...…
 
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 enabl ...…
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR: NOW WHAT? The New Year is galloping toward us at an alarming rate. Are we ready for new challenges and the work to meet them? For many of us, preparing for the New Year means setting goals. Now, goal setting can get us in trouble as we either set unrealistic goals, goals dependent on the behavior of people and factors outside ou ...…
 
A KIND ASSESSMENT OF YOUR YEAR (AKA DO NOT USE YOUR PAST YEAR TO BEAT YOURSELF UP) For many of us, as the end of the year creeps closer, so does the inevitable assessment. • How did I do at meeting my goals? • Where did I fall short? • Why did I fall short? And those are perfectly reasonable questions as long as they’re not used as a stick with ...…
 
ARE YOU FEELING WRITER'S HIBERNATION? It's been my experience that one of two things happen this time of year. Editors work in a white-hot frenzy to clear out all submissions before holiday break (so things you've been waiting to hear back about forever may suddenly pop up with responses) or editors become covered over with all the “stuff" that ...…
 
WHO'S ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS? There's is a lot of research that goes into figuring out which publishers and agents to submit to when your manuscript is ready. In this episode, Katie interviews Marni McNiff, the editor of the ICL Market Guides. The Book Market Guide for Children's Writers and the Magazine Market Guide for Children's Writers comes ...…
 
I'M GRATEFUL FOR WRITING Writing for a living can be scary, frustrating, exhausting, and just plain hard. And things like rejection or lack of support from the people around us can cause us to lose sight of all the wonderful things about writing. So, since Thanksgiving is a great time for meditating on good things: here are some of the things I ...…
 
WHEN WRITING JUST ISN'T AN OPTION It’s the end of the year when it's difficult to find time to write, and nearly impossible to write every day. Sure, some people can manage it. But if you can't, that makes you just like many other writers. The holidays can be stressful, crazy busy, and filled with things that need your attention. So if you can' ...…
 
REWARDS AND CHALLENGES Long ago, researchers were studying how creatures react to reward. They learned that if you put a "reward station" in a rat's cage and have a treat appear every time the rat pushes a button, the rat will push the button a lot at first, then taper off. Eventually, he'll push the button only when he wants a treat and his de ...…
 
WHO'S ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS? There's is a lot of research that goes into figuring out which publishers and agents to submit to when your manuscript is ready. In this episode, Katie interviews Marni McNiff, the editor of the ICL Market Guides. The Book Market Guide for Children's Writers and the Magazine Market Guide for Children's Writers comes ...…
 
CREATING QUALITY VOICES 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 character come to life. Dialogue puts us into a specific moment within a story and that's a powerful thing for readers. But man ...…
 
CLEANING OUT THE JUNK DRAWER Personally, I love revising. I love the process of carving really good prose out of potentially questionable prose. For some, revision is more of a necessary evil, and one you must constantly, consciously focus on or else the old "let's make up a new story instead" nature can take over, and you may end up sending th ...…
 
FIVE THINGS WORTH SWEATING OVER 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 one time or another, so I'm not saying these mistakes are deal breakers or will keep you from ever being published, b ...…
 
THE PATH TO SOLUTION IS RARELY KIND Ultimately, the nature of plot is problem. The main character faces something that must be overcome or completed or defeated or endured, and the efforts that main character makes to do just that causes ripples that change the circumstances … and not always for the better. We take our beloved characters and we ...…
 
HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCESS? At this point in my writing career, I have never won any of the biggest 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 course. If your idea of success involves the words "J.K. Rowling," I probably can't give you many tips. Tha ...…
 
HOW TO WRITE CRAFT ARTICLES MAGAZINES WILL BUY Crafts are one of those things I don't write about, but I have a friend who does, and when she does, she almost always makes a sale. The magazines that use them need a steady stream. The reason crafts are a staple of many children's magazines is because they help to make content interactive. They d ...…
 
NUMBER ONE, ENGAGE! When editors ask for characters that grow and change, they aren’t asking for a story about life’s lessons. They don’t mean they want a lecture on manners disguised as a story. What they want is for the situation in the story to have an impact on the main character that causes growth and change. And they want it to happen dur ...…
 
LEARNING HOW THINGS WORK One of the things that my father-in-law loved about me when we first met was that I had my own power tools. But since my husband is so good at fixing stuff, I've slacked off. As a result, I’ve gotten really rusty and hesitant about using some of the really dangerous things and our garage is a scary reminder every time I ...…
 
HARD TIMES HAPPEN 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 is made up of only happy days. Since I line up deadlines, I then I have to meet them. All of them. Some days, that's hard. Some ...…
 
THE FLIGHT OF THE ARROW Many writing books have tried to explain the nature of plot. Some talk about story arc. Some talk about beginnings, middles, and ends. Some talk about conflicts and character growth. Right now, I’m going to talk about arrows. You shoot them, they travel swiftly to the destination you intend – if you are skilled enough, i ...…
 
Picturing Picture Book Summit My guest today is fellow Picture Book Summit Co-Founder Julie Hedlund. This episode is a rebroadcast from my previous podcast Brain Burps About Books. In this interview, we talk about how Picture Book Summit came to be and what you, as a picture book writer, can learn from an online conference. If you're curious ho ...…
 
WRAPPING UP YOUR STORY Author John Green likes to collect famous last words. The last things we speak can say a lot about us, or they can be vague and anti-climactic. That’s because real life isn’t as tidy as a story. In a story, the last lines usually do say a lot (even if only symbolically) about the story. For the last word on this topic and ...…
 
HOW TO TIME YOUR ENDING In a way, every story is a story of transformation. Circumstances change. Characters experience revelations. Challenges are met and overcome. The longer the work you’re writing, the more transformations are likely to occur. In board books and many picture books, for instance, the transformation is often simply circumstan ...…
 
WHY SUBMISSION GUIDELINES MATTER Many times, editors finally find time to dig into the slush pile or they open their email and check out submissions and get a disappointing surprise. People send poetry for children to publishers who list “no poetry” right in their guidelines. People send fiction for children to publishers who only publish nonfi ...…
 
MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE As you work through your revision and polish up your work, don’t forget dialogue. Few things can do more for your story than good dialogue, so it’s worthwhile to get it right. ___Check that all spoken dialogue is enclosed in quotation marks and that punctuation occurs inside the quotation marks. [Enclosing all pun ...…
 
DON'T KILL THE QUERY Among cover and query letters for children’s fiction, there exists one absolutely killer mistake that is frequently made by new writers. They forget why children read fiction. Most fiction that you write and will sell will not be assigned as homework, so none of the children who read it will be forced to read it. They must ...…
 
CREATING CONFLICT Every story needs conflict. The tension of resolving that conflict is what compels the audience to read all the way to the end of your book. Today we look at 7 tips for creating conflict. 1. Be certain your main character has a worthy, noble goal. No one likes a shallow greedy protagonist. Be sure it’s a realistic goal as well ...…
 
WHAT MAGAZINE EDITORS WANT 1. Magazines are often picky about their nonfiction magazine sources. Although few prohibit using Internet sources, they should never be your only–or even your main sources. And never, ever use Wikipedia as a source. 2. One good thing websites are good for is pointing you toward primary sources that you can contact by ...…
 
LITTLE THINGS CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE Have you hit a roadblock with your writing? You got the story down, but something seems to be missing? Or you just know it can be better, but you don't know where to start? Today we touch on 7 things you can do to bump up your story. 1. Make your story stink! Consider the sensory detail in your work. Stud ...…
 
ARE YOU PROPERLY FORMATTING YOUR DIALOGUE? Formatting dialogue in any manuscript can be perplexing. Follow these 8 guidelines so you don't get tripped up by tricky dialogue. 1. Check that all spoken dialogue is enclosed in quotation marks and that punctuation occurs inside the quotation marks. [Enclosing all punctuation within the quotes is sta ...…
 
DO YOU KNOW YOUR CHARACTER? Consider asking yourself (or your character) these questions. The answers will help you understand your character's motivation and how their mind works. You may not use any of the answers in your actual story, but knowing the answers will help you write a more fully developed character. 1. Interview your character. I ...…
 
FUN WITH SOUND One way to add bounce to your writing is to play with sound. You can choose words that depict sounds like bump, crash, bang, or gong–that’s called onomatopoeia. Which means the word sounds like what it is, or the sound it’s making, like “zip.” Or you can play with sounds within words. That can be more subtle, but still lots of fu ...…
 
GET CRAFTY! Crafts are one of those things that many writers don’t really consider when coming up with a publishable project. But the magazines that use crafts, need a steady stream. The reason crafts are a staple of many children's magazines is because they help to make content interactive. They don’t just offer a story or article, but let the ...…
 
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