Saturday, June 20, 2009

Wanna Stay up to Date on Writing Trends?

There's no way for a writer to stay up to date on writing trends, publishing needs, and the changing climate in children's publishing if that writer does nothing but sit at a computer pounding the keys. That can give you carpal tunnel and keep you in the pitch-black dark about what's going on in publishing. Carpal tunnel and no flash light is a terrible combination.

Attending critique groups and an occasional conference (expensive!) reading the current market guides and stacks of children's books and magazines is necessary---but you'll need to do more to stay up to date with this changing market.

One of the best ways I know to stay in the loop is to read The Children's Writer, a newsletter of writing and publishing trends. It's a MUST for me. This fabulous publication will tell you what editors want and don't want. You'll get tips on writing style in every area of children's literature. If you want a real challenge, try entering one of their writing contests. It's always fun to read the winning pieces. Who knows---one of those could be yours!

The Children's Writer did NOT ask me to write this. I'm just their number ONE fan. I'm thinking about getting a baseball cap with C.W on the front. Hmmm...on second thought, a book bag would be more my style. Anyway, go to their website. They're offering a FREE trial issue!


Clementine said...

Thank you for reminding me to renew my subscription. It IS, great.

Janet said...

I just got my copy a few days ago!