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This is a portion of another email newsletter that I get.

  from Ginny Wiehardt

Getting Your Writing Published

 — The Business of Writing

For creative people, the business end of things is often the most difficult. This site provides essential information on getting published, finding an agent or editor, hunting out sources of funding, and dealing with copyright/plagiarism issues.
Should You Self Publish?
With the publishing industry ailing, more writers wonder if they should self publish than ever before. Proponents of self publishing claim that this is now a more respectable option because 1) print-on-demand (POD) books can be superior to books…
Funding for Writers
When you’re trying to complete a big project, funding can make all the difference. Here you’ll find the basics on the major funding opportunities available for writers.
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Funding for Writers
When you’re trying to complete a big project, funding can make all the difference. Here you’ll find the basics on the major funding opportunities available for writers.
How to Find Agents — Share Your Advice on Agents
Are you in the process of researching agents? Share the tips that are working for you.
How to Find Legit Literary Agents
Ready to research agents, but don’t know where to start? These basic tips will help you begin your search.
All About Book Trailers
Videos aren’t just for musicians anymore: writers have them, too. The technology doesn’t have to be fancy if you have a good concept. In fact, simple is better if you’re doing it yourself.
Don’t sit passively back, waiting on an overworked publicist to get those review copies out. There’s no reason you can’t contact reviewers, bloggers, and journal editors yourself. Here’s how.
Publish Your Short Stories
The idea of trying to publish your work can be daunting, but it’s not hard to make submitting stories part of a writing routine.
How to Find a Literary Agent
Though the process of finding a literary agent can be one of the hardest steps in getting a book published, it’s also one of the most important. A good agent will help edit your book, get it into the hands of receptive editors, and make sure that you get the best possible deal. So how do you go about this all-important (and time consuming) process? The steps below will get you started.
Writing Contest Tips
Most writing contests involve at least two tiers of judging. Preliminary judges whittle down the stack of applications into a manageable group, usually twenty to fifty applications, for the main judges, who then read the applications carefully. The good news is that most entries eliminate themselves in the preliminary phase, either by failing to follow the rules or by careless writing: only a sma…
Short Story Contests by Month
Stay on top of deadlines with these monthly lists of short story contests, fellowships, and residencies.
Literary Journals and Magazines
The first step in getting published is researching the market. Start with these lists of literary journals and magazines, grouped by journal size and age group.
Book Promotion for Creative Writers
In the age of the Internet, writers are much more involved in marketing their books than ever before. Find the methods of self-promotion that fit you best.
Cover Letter Advice
Submitting your work for publication is not that different from applying for a job. You want to put your best, most professional foot forward, starting with your cover letter. Though striking the right tone for this crucial document takes some thought, once you have a template, you can simply adjust it for each Cover Letter Example
Middle-grade novelist Berniece L. contributed this example of a cover letter she sent for her first novel.
Writing Scams
How do you evaluate whether or not a writing contest is a writing scam? You can start with the criteria we try to follow when deciding whether or not to add a contest to our calendar. While you may want to be even more selective, these questions will provide a baseline.
Literary Agent FAQs
A good literary agent will help edit your book, get it into the hands of receptive editors, and make sure that you get the best possible deal. How do you go about finding the right agent? Find answers to common questions here.
Query Letter Dos and Don’ts
Your query letter is your one-page chance to win over a literary agent. How can you be sure you’re getting it right? This list of dos and don’ts will help you strike the right tone.
Publishing Company Profiles
When you’re ready to get your novel published, you’ll probably start at the top, with companies like Random House, Penguin, and Simon & Schuster. It’s helpful to know a little bit about the business, even if you plan to have an agent.
Publications for Teen Writers
A number of magazines and journals are seeking work from teens and young adults. Use this list to begin investigating the possibilities.
Small and Independent Presses
If you think the small press world might be right for you — or if you’re just curious about some of the better presses out there — these profiles will provide you with background information.
Publishing Advice from Jeanette Perez
Jeanette Perez offers publishing advice culled from her time in the editorial department of HarperCollins Publishers.
Writers’ Conferences Advice
An editorial director at Random House Children’s Books offers advice on how to present your ideas in a professional way during high-pressure writers’ conferences pitch sessions.
2008 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
A review of the 2008 Novel and Short Story Writer’s Market, an indispensable tool for any fiction writer wishing to see his or her work in print.
Literary Journals and Magazines
Are you ready for bigger literary magazines, or just wanting to start at the top? Here are ten of the top journals in the U.S.
Are You Ready to Publish?
Before beginning the publication process, it’s important to know whether or not you’re ready. These five questions will help evaluate whether or not it’s the right time to enter this stage of your writing life.
Short Story Editing Checklist
Before you show your story to anyone, make sure that you’ve caught at least the obvious spelling and grammar mistakes using this comprehensive editing checklist.
Spotting Scams
There are plenty of people out there willing to take advantage of writers’ desire to get published. Unless you’re independently wealthy, the time you spend working to make money is time away from your art, so you should be careful with your money. But how do you know if a contest is legit? Here are a few things to consider before writing out a check.
Profile of International PEN
International PEN, a worldwide association of writers, promotes friendship and cooperation among writers worldwide.
Texas Book Festival
A profile of the Texas Book Festival, held each October in Austin, Texas, to raise money for Texas libraries.
The Rewards of the Publication Process
In spite of the rejection and the work involved, the process of getting published can be rewarding in and of itself. After all, the people who run journals and magazines aren’t that different from you and me…

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  from Elizabeth Kennedy
In just a few weeks, school will start. In the meantime, here are some recommended books for summer reading and a picture book about starting school. If you’ve been successful in encouraging your children to read during the summer, please share your tips.

Top Picks - Bedtime Board Books  from your  Children’s Books  Guide

 “No, No, NO!!” If that’s the response you get when it’s time for bed, bedtime board books may be just what you need to encourage your sleepyhead to go to bed. One of the nice things about board books is that they are designed for heavy use. You don’t have to worry about your child inadvertently ripping the pages. After an adult has read to them, many small children like to “read” books to themselves until they go to sleep. Board books, with their sturdy cardboard pages, are perfect for this.
 1) Time for Bed
The words of Australian writer Mem Fox are complemented by the charming watercolors of artist Jane Dyer. The text has a pleasant, rhythmic style. On every double page, there is a sentence in rhyme about a little animal being told it’s time for bed, along with a lovely watercolor of the baby animal and its mother. The animals include a little mouse, goose, calf, lamb, bird, bee, puppy, foal, and a deer. The last page shows a child in bed for the night.

2) A Child’s Good Night Book
This gentle story by Margaret Wise Brown was illustrated by Jean Charlotte. The hardcover, picture book version of this book was designated a Caldecott Honor Book for 1944. The colored pencil illustrations, with their muted palette, are very appealing. Like “Time for Bed” this book focuses on animals as it illustrates that living creatures everywhere need sleep, but it also emphasizes that the day’s activities cease at night as cars and trucks go into the garage and sailboats stop sailing.

3) Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon, written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, has become a classic. The story features a little rabbit in his crowded bedroom at bedtime. The first half of the book describes, very simply, all of the things in the rabbit’s bedroom. Next, the little rabbit slowly prepares for bed by saying goodnight one by one to each occupant and thing in his room. The text features repetition and rhyming phrases, both of which are appealing and calming to young children



PegFinley_pic I am so blessed. Raising two boys gives me opportunities that I might otherwise miss. I can go to the zoo, even the petting zoo and no one will question it. I can swing as high as I want on the swing. I can make a trip to the park.  I can sit on the floor and play with the toys that the astronauts played with in space. All I have to do is say that the boys wanted to do it. It’s great for research and it serves as a good activity for my nephews.

I’m working on a picture book. The rough draft is finished. Now, for the first of many revision to perfect the book.

My two pb critique groups have been keeping me busy. They challenge and inspire me.  I’m working on a nonfiction piece for the third one.

I took the boys to a Birthday Party at the local library. Afterward they found books to read. I even picked up the last Harry Potter book. Should be a nice break from writing during the weekend when I have no kids.


I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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July 2009

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My Favorites:

I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

I love the cool colors of blues and purples.Those colors are peaceful for me.

I love The Velveteen Rabbit. Even as an adult, I still feel the urge to cry when he becomes real. I know, silly, but a good book can make me laugh and cry as it takes me on a magical journey.

Authors and Illustrators:

Authors, Author/Illustrator, Illustrators that I know and/or Like.


C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult


Bonnie Adamson *

Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold


Natalie Babbit

Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

Linda Crotta Brennan *

Jan Brett

Janie Bynum *

Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

Nancy Carlson

Beverly Cleary

Kevin Scott Collier

Sharon Creech

Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

Kate DiCamillo

Kathleen Duey *

Dotti Enderle

Jan Fields *

Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

Ellen Jackson *

Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

Leo Lionni

Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

Robert Munsch

Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

Patricia Polacco

Peggy Rathmann

Bethany Roberts

David Shannon

Aaron Shepard

Donna J. Shepherd *

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jerry Spinelli

Diane Stanley

Chris Van Allsburg

Rick Walton *

Lisa Wheeler

Mo Willems

Karma Wilson *

Audrey Woods

Jane Yolen *

Favorite Websites:

Favorite Blogs:

• ShelfTalker: A Children’s Bookseller’s Blog
• Alice’s CWIM Blog
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Cynsations
• Nathan Bransford – Literary Agent
• Editorial Anonymous
• Miss Snark’s First Victim
• Writing for children and teens

Favorite Quotes.

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