Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week's show notes. If you want to learn about how to get into children's publishing, Listen!
Active and Passive Voice
Voice can be a tough thing to define and a tougher thing to master, but when I ran across this article about active voice and passive voice from my old friend Mary Rosenblum I knew I had to share it with my listeners. See how you can improve your active voice with these tips and take your work to the next level and beyond.
Interview with Talia Benamy
Talia Benamy is an associate editor at Philomel Books (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers), where she focuses on everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels. She has worked on books by Chelsea Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Temple Grandin, Jane Yolen, Abigail Harrison, Lisa Graff, Ruta Sepetys, Dev Petty, Sarah Brannen, and Terry Border. She sees books as having the amazing power to shape kids’ worldviews, and looks for manuscripts that have the potential to do just that.
Things That Make Editors Cringe
Nobody wants to make an editor (or anyone) cringe when they read your manuscript. Inspired by a post from Jamie K. Schmidt, we’re covering 10 things that make editors cringe with tips to avoid them.
Everybody knows to use spellcheck or Grammarly when going over their writing. However, the following mistakes aren’t generally caught by these two programs. And if you want to stop an editor’s eyes from rolling to the back of her head, you should check your writing for the errors we're talking about tod
Interview with Agent Adria Goetz
Adria Goetz is a Literary Manager with Martin Literary & Media Management. She represents picture books, middle grade, young adult, Lifestyle books, quirky gift books, as well as everything under the Christian umbrella.
WE TALK ABOUT:
What’s the secret to getting an agent?
What is a nightmare client and what is a perfect client?
How should a writer “shop” for an agent to impress?
What is the most common mistake new writers make in a query letter?
Submissions: How Polished Do They Need to Be?
It’s the beginning of a new year. A time that we as writers like to set goals for our writing success and dream about what our writing career will look like next year at this time. Maybe one of your goals this year is to submit your work to agents or editors. In this episode, we’re going to talk about what you should worry about most in your submissions and when it’s okay to press the send button.
NaNoWriMo Success: You're This Close
We're wrapping up our five part series on NaNoWriMo with special guest Jamie K. Schmidt. Even if you're not writing a novel this month, we think you'll learn some tips and techniques to help you finish your novel on your timeline. We're so close to the finish line. Let's make these final days a success!
We talk about:
- How to handle writing and the holidays
- Saving a chunk of time to devote to catching up
- Secrets to writing a lot
- What to do when you have unplanned time
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This topic was well presented by Katie, very useful & complete. Thank you!!
Practical advice for those who want to write for children!
I love that Katie’s podcast is specifically for writing for children. I listen to a LOT of writing podcasts, but this is one of the only ones that is specifically targeted towards children’s authors. In addition to the shorter episodes with practical advice, I’m so thankful previews of the author interviews are offered for free on the podcast. So encouraging!
Listening to Katie‘s podcast I feel encouraged and realistic about my writing journey...and so excited to pursue my dream of becoming a published author. She feels like a personal, honest friend who has been through ups and downs and wants to share the lessons she’s learned. She is a wealth of knowledge and she inspires me to persevere with all of her practical advice. So thankful!