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9 secrets from a successful children's writer
The author of the popular Zack Files and Maximum Boy series for children--and much more--takes you for a spin through his unusual writing career before distilling some things you need to know about writing for kids.
Crafting character and plot to make a fantastic story
A rising star in children's fantasy fiction describes how to enrich your stories by using plot to truly engage and test your character.
Gary Paulsen's love affair with writing
A wandering, adventure-filled life that fuels his fiction is one part of Gary Paulsen's great success as a writer for young people. A fierce work ethic is another.
Vacations, with their free hours and fresh destinations, are actually a good time to keep your writer's hat on, and the author shows you why.
Are you toying with--or confused by--self-publishing? An expert in the field offers a glossary that walks you through the options.
Like ball players, even veteran freelancers can get in a slump--the phone stops ringing, the rejections pile up. Here are some tips on finding your swing again.
Our monthly potpourri of literary notes--now under a new name--also includes Dear Writer, conference and contest info, and more.
When preparation meets opportunity
Little did the writer know his trip home to his high school reunion would lead to his first book.
Finding a routine that works
Our new column for the beginning writer, beginning with advice on developing a writing schedule.
Measuring the value of POD
If you're thinking about the print-on-demand option, here are some things you should know.
Deciding on diction
In real life, you give yourself away by the words you use--and the same is true of the characters and narrators in your writing.
Poet to poet
Characters in poetry
Some advice on what can be a crucial element in a poem: bringing rounded characters to life.
Tap the business market
Writing for businesses and corporations can really boost a freelancer's bottom line. Here's an introduction to this fertile market.
A review of The ABC's of Writing for Children, compiled by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, and Outwitting Writer's Block by Jenna Glatzer. Plus help for carpal tunnel syndrome.
The best new markets for your kid lit
A roundup of some trends and changes in the children's book market, including a couple new juvenile imprints, some personnel moves and HarperCollins' contest for middle-grade novels.
How I write
Nevada Barr combines edgy protagonists, natural settings and sinister forces in her popular Anna Pigeon series.
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