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    From: on behalf of Virginia Grenier Stories for Children Publishing (
    Sent: Fri 8/20/10 6:58 PM
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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.


    Words to avoid and cut

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    Really, All, Almost, Now, Somehow, Even, Felt,  

    Something, Thing, It, There, Seemed, And, As

    Of,  Like, Realized (Avoid overuse), Started (Avoid overuse)

    Began (Avoid overuse), He/She (Avoid starting a lot of sentences with these)

    This is a great email that I subscribe to: Writing and Illustrating‏
    From: on behalf of Writing and Illustrating (
    Sent: Fri 2/19/10 10:10 AM

    Writing and Illustrating


    Tilbury House PublisherPosted: 18 Feb 2010 09:04 PM PST

    Sometimes in our quest to get publish we forget about the smaller publishers out their accepting unsolicited manuscripts and unagented manuscripts.  Tilbury House is one of those small publishers.  You can go to: to look at the books they have published.  It looks like they do picture books, biographies, and young middle grade stories with a strong educational focus.  See below:

    Children’s Books

    They are primarily interested in children’s picture books (for ages 7-12) that:

  • Deal with issues of cultural diversity (global), nature, or the environment (they don’t publish “general” children’s books about animals, fables, or fantasy).
  • Appeal to children and parents and offer enough learning content so thatyour book will also appeal to the educational market.
  • Will sell to the national (not just regional) market
  • Offer possibilities for developing a separate teacher’s guide (written by an educator) that will expand the focus of the book, offer additional information, and suggest learning activities and approaches.
  • Be sure to check out Kathy Temean’s site and finish reading her post on Tilbury Press.

    Peg 039If you are like most writers, finding time to writer isn’t easy, but it can be done.

    Ask yourself, do you get up before everyone else in your household? If so, why not get up a half hour earlier and use that time to write? A half hour per day for five days adds up to 150 minutes or 2 ½ hours per week.

    Not a morning person, don’t sweat it. You can stay up a half hour later than everyone else and write. Make it a habit. You’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish.

    Ginny Wiehardt’s writing has been published in journals such as the Notre Dame Review, Shenandoah, and Hotel Amerika. She has additional experience as an editor and a creative writing instructor.

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    Writing in a Recession

    Get Back to Basics with Your Writing

    By Ginny Wiehardt,

    For many of us, the recession means more time: there’s less (or no) work, and less (or no) money for entertainment. Within limits, this can be a good thing for a writing practice, which in turn is a good thing for our lives. Ready to find a silver lining in the gloom and doom? Read on.

    1. Establish a New Writing Schedule.

    Whether your schedule has changed recently, or you just want to carve out regular time for your most important, if unpaid, work, these suggestions will help you to re-imagine your days. You might start each day’s writing session with a prompt or exercise, or you might dedicate a portion of each day to your novel. Try to write at the same time each day, if possible. A regular schedule staves off writer’s block and provides a sense of stability and well-being.

    2. Take Time to Research the Market.

    You may well ask, “What market?” Well, journals are still being printed, and even small publishers press on (excuse the pun). Use this time to think about where your writing might fit — and even start submitting work. In addition to taking a first step toward publishing your writing, you’re likely to discover at least a few writers whose work inspires you.

    3. Or Put Publishing on Pause.

    Better yet, use this time to write without thinking about publishing at all. In taking publishing off the table, we open up to other possibilities. What will we write without that distraction? Might our work be more innovative, more original as a result?

    Instead of writing for the market, write purely about what interests you, no matter how strange or seemingly unmarketable it might be. Writing has always been a tough career choice: even in the best of times, authors wrote out of some intrinsic need or a deep enjoyment. Touch base with your original impulses for writing now.

    4. Read More.

    Even if you have a lot of time on your hands, you’ll find that you can’t realistically spend a whole day writing — no matter how good it sounds. Stay motivated with books about craft or the writing life; or learn the old-fashioned way, from classic literature.

    Not only is reading one of the most enriching ways to pass your time, it’s also one of the cheapest. After you’ve tried the library, turn to to swap books with Moochers around the world, or Abebooks, for used books. And if you do have money to spend, support our indie bookstores, which are hurting now more than ever.

    5. Write a Novel.

    Most everybody has one novel in ’em: you don’t have to wait for NaNoWriMo to get yours down. We’ll recover from the recession eventually, but you’ll have that accomplishment the rest of your life. And having a new project — and a fruitful new source of escape — will keep your mind off your troubles.

    6. Be Inspired.

    Now you have time for all those good, creative activities that fueled your imagination when you were young. Take long walks, visit museums and galleries, people-watch. If you can manage to turn off your worries about the future, you’ll find opportunities for daydreaming. This sort of unstructured time is essential to any art: it’s just that we don’t usually have the luxury of indulging it.

    7. Find Community.

    Volunteer for a literary organization, create a writing group, take a writing class, if you can find an affordable or free one. All of these things will get you into a community of other writers, and hopefully get you excited about writing. Communities are essential in challenging times; the value of your new support system will extend beyond your writing.

    Indeed, anything you can do to focus on your passions, in this case, for literature and writing, will help you survive, if not thrive this year. While everything else may be in a downturn, you can foster a sense of forward momentum in at least one area of your life.

    PegFinley_picJust had a great time chatting with several writers on ICL’s chat. Got some great suggestions for my nephew’s reading list (Paulsen, and Funke were two of many suggested) and learned that Popcorn, the magazine, not the edible stuff, is slow on their response to writers who submit … so be patient.

    #Kidlitchat, October 6, 2009 9 EDT- 6 PDT  

    I am officially christening Tuesday as my chat day, starting with a mention of #kidlitchat. See my next post for other places where great chat happens on Tuesdays.

    Please find time to join all of us chatteBCA_Twitter_iconrs, and co-hosts Bonnie Adamson  whose illustrations/books can be found at Raven Tree Press  and Greg Pincus. 

    #Kidlitchat  is a fast paced time where everyone is welcome to offer their thought and feeling about different topics related to writing.

    Greg shares his more of his vast knowledge at  thehappyaccident.orgAboutMePhoto                                                                                                  

    Despite technical challenges last week, we have continued to grow as a group. With every genre in the children’s literature field represented, the knowledge one can gain is awesome. Don’t just hear it from me, come hear it for yourself.

    Hope to see you there.


    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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