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Posted on: September 25, 2009

I love Twitter.com because it has allowed me to meet several writers whose blogs I now read on a regular basis. Tara Lazar is one of those writers.  Not only is she fun to read but she offers some practical tips for new writers.

Check out her blog at:  http://taralazar.wordpress.com/

Here is an excerpt from one of her blog posts.

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About Tara from her Jacketflap Bio.

I’m a wife, mother, and aspiring children’s book author. I’ve been writing my entire life but it took me three decades to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. Now I juggle taking care of two young daughters with writing and learning all I can about the business. Pushing a stroller along the road to publication ain’t easy, but it’s the most exciting journey of my life.

Here is an excerpt from one of her blog posts.

A New Children’s Writer’s To-Do List:

  1. Write.
    I knew you’d like that one.
  2. Read children’s books.
    Become familiar with the genre in which you write. Understand appropriate length and content for age group. See what’s being published. Don’t follow trends, but know the competition. When pitching editors and agents, it’s often helpful to compare your book to another title. You can’t compare if you aren’t well read.
  3. Join SCBWI.
    Take advantage of their resources—local chapter events, national conferences, online discussion boards and publications.
  4. Join a critique group.
    Your mother, daughter, spouse, and neighbor’s 2nd grade class are not a critique group. Find fellow writers who work in the same genre as you. They provide support, motivation, and helpful feedback.
  5. Attend workshops, conferences and events.
    Seek out opportunities to learn and network with authors, agents, editors and writing peers.
  6. Read books on the craft.
    Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb
    Writing for Children and Teensby Cynthea Liu
    Writing with Picturesby Uri Shulevitz
  7. Revise and rewrite.
    It’s not going to be right the first time (or maybe even the second or the third). It’s just not. Resist the temptation to submit an early draft to a publisher.
  8. Take time to develop your skill.
    Your writing will improve with practice.
  9. Submit when you have more than one project polished.
    Finished your first manuscript? Keep writing. If an editor or agent likes your manuscript, but not enough to make an offer, they may request other material. Have a few manuscripts at the ready.
  10. Learn to have patience.
    It can take years to write publishable material, sell your first project, and develop a career.
  11. Call yourself a writer.
    Because you are one!
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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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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.

Catergories:

C= Children

MG= Mid Grade

T= Teen

YA= Young Adult

A= Adult

Names:

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Kathi Appelt *

Tedd Arnold

Avi

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Molly Bang

Bonnie Becker

Jan and Stan Berenstain

Judy Blume

Tracey M. Cox

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Jan Brett

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Eric Carle

Pam Calvert

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Kevin Scott Collier

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Doreen Cronnin

Tomie dePaulo

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Dotti Enderle

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Denise Fleming

Mem Fox

Kelley Milner Hall

Amy Heist

Kevin Henkes

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Jeff Kinney

Jackie French Koller

Ursula K. LeGuin

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Lois Lowry

Mercer Mayer

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Laura Numeroff

Linda Sue Parks

Dav Pilkey

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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:

http://www.institutechildrenslit.net/

http://www.cbiclubhouse.com/

http://www.scbwi.org/

http://www.underdown.org/

http://www.verlakay.com/

http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com

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

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