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I am always looking for some great articles to share with my readers and this is one that I felt like sharing. It is by Noelle Sterne and was featured in the September 16, 201o issue of The Writing World @ 
I highly recommend subscribing to their newsletter. 

Below is a little about Noelle Sterne and a brief excerpt for the readers to see if the article appeals to them.  

Writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant, Noelle Sterne holds the Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and publishes in writers’ and mainstream magazines. Her articles have appeared in Archetype, Children’s Book Insider, Pure Inspiration, The Write Place At the Write Time, Writer’s Digest special issues, Writers’ Journal, and The Writer. Her short storyabout a boy with healing powers appeared in the Star Stepping Anthology (2008). Noelle is currently working on a collection of essays offering candid counsel and relentless support to writers: First You Find Your Desk: Start Writing and Keep Writing with Less Agony and More Joy. 

As a children’s author, do you know you can use more resources to publicize your book than mainstream authors? I discovered many of these avenues after the publication of my children’s book Tyrannosaurus Wrecks: A Book of Dinosaur Riddles (HarperCollins). This book, in print for eighteen years, was featured on the first
dinosaur show of PBS-TV’s Reading Rainbow, which continues to air
and is now on DVD. 

  • Stories for Children Magazine is reopening!‏

  •  Virginia Grenier Stories for Children Publishing

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    From: on behalf of Virginia Grenier Stories for Children Publishing (
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    Hi Everyone,

    Boy have I missed working with all of you and putting out each issue of Stories for Children Magazine. I am really excited to say the day is getting closer when Stories for Children Magazine will reopen its doors to submissions.

    Right now, I’m looking for people interested in joining the SFC Team. This is a totally volunteer job currently, however, I am always looking into ways Stories for Children Magazine can become a paying market and job for those behind the scenes. There are also some changes to the publications. Instead of 12 issues a year, Stories for Children Magazine will only be putting out 9 issues a year. Also, the articles in the magazine have been cut back from 9 per issue to 6 per issue. I am also breaking up the Fiction and Poetry departments into their own departments to help with the workload of these two categories.

    The positions open are as follows:
    Poetry Editor
    Assistant Poetry Editor
    Assistant Fiction Editor
    Assistant Nonfiction Editor
    Youth & Activities Editor
    Blog Editor
    Interviewer (2)
    Marketing Manager
    Proofreader (3)
    Book Reviewer (2)
    Educational Writer (2)
    Art Director

    If you are interested in joining the SFC Team, please send me an email at Include in your email your writing resume, any publications, what position you would like to work in, and your contact information.  Note: this is a volunteer job. Stories for Children Publishing, LLC is currently a non-paying market in all its divisions.

    I look forward to the reopening of Stories for Children Magazine and working with all of you again. Your talents and contributions to the magazine have made us what we are.

    As a writer finding ways to build your list of “writing credits” while you hone your craft can be a challenge. Smories is one of the ways a writer can do this.

    Here is the newsletter I received recently regarding an update to their policies.

    Lots of new developments with smories:

    [1] We have relaunched the site, now with a search filter and keyword search on the homepage. The aim is to make it easier for you to find the smories you want. There are currently 165 smories up there. See

    [2] From now on, a new smory will be added to the site EVERY SINGLE DAY.

    [3] From the homepage you can sign up for our daily alert, i.e. if you add your details, you will be sent a very short, linked description of the daily smory. Pick-and-choose the ones you want to watch.

    [4] We have added a “submit a filmed smory” tool. This lets you submit your own film, which will be hosted privately on the site. e.g. students can narrate their own stories, and we can host them in a secure environment on the smories site. The link is This is going to be significantly expanded in coming months as a literacy tool, allowing teachers to build their own smories micro-sites, in a safe, secure environment.

    [5] From now on, all new smories will have “read-along” subtitles.

    [6] If you’re an author, please do keep sending us your writing. You’ll retain all rights and with the dailies, we now have a constant need for great new smories.

    [7] If you submitted a smory in July, we’ll let you know in the next few days whether it has been selected for filming.

    [8] If your smory is already on the site, or if we have accepted one for filming, by all means send us your bio and photo for your author page.

    As ever, please give us your feedback. The site is developing super-fast and we very much appreciate hearing your thoughts.

    Best wishes,

    – Ralph & Lisa

    Great newsletter from Darcy Pattison that arrives in my email box Check it out and subscribe.
    8 Ways to Enrich Your Character: FICTION NOTES‏
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    8 Ways to Enrich Your Character

    Character Revision: 8 Ways to Jumpstart a Make Over

    You have a first draft, but you realize that your character needs work. How do you retrofit a character when you revise?

    I don’t think of a personality transplant. Instead, I try to add to and enrich a character. Here are 8 suggestions on how to revise your novel’s character.

    Ginny Wiehardt

    Ginny’s Fiction Writing Blog

    By Ginny Wiehardt, Fiction Writing Guide | My Bio

    Reader Question: Chapter Length?

    Wednesday July 14, 2010

    “New Writer with Cats” left this question in the forum recently: “Is there any rule to follow regarding how long a chapter should be?” and another writer, Lucy, answered: “There’s no set length: it varies from book to book. . . . My approach to chapters was to look at what authors I admire did, and then to think about what breakdowns would work best with my book.” She also said that she thought about chapters in terms of rhythm, noting when some chapters were longer than average

    Institute for Children’s Literature newsletter that can be subscribed to:

      Rx for Writers

    Writer’s Support Room – Work Habits

    Sally Phillips lives in rural southern Illinois with her husband, two teenaged children, a collection of farm cats and a dog. She currently substitutes for Pre-K through 6th grades and is working on a picture book. Sally has had poems, articles, stories, fillers and activities pieces published by Wee Ones, Celebrate!, Dragonfly Spirit, Kid’s Ark, Stories for Children, Kidmagwriters and Reader’s Digest. She created two Pre-K lesson plans for the teacher resource books from Gryphon Publishing.


    by Sally Phillips

    No, this isn’t about recycling those rejected manuscripts. But submitting to publishers can seriously separate you from your hard earned green. There are the costs of stamps, ink, paper, envelopes and the Internet plus the amount of time and energy spent putting together submission packages. Whether or not you’re just starting out, your acceptance checks (or lack of them) may not cover all those costs. Here are a few tips to help you over this green gap.


    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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    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

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