Archive for July, 2014

Branding Tips

I’d never heard of “branding” for writers. This is an interesting article.

6 Branding Tips for Writers and Authors

Here is another good article, and one I had not paid attention to.

http://janefriedman.com/2014/05/20/competitive-title-analysis/

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Educational Markets

If you write for the educational markets, this is the best website I know of; better than the SCBWI list. Evelyn keeps this up to date. Email her and she’ll answer. All her links are excellent,

http://www.evelynchristensen.com/markets.html

I have been working on a new assignment that I accepted from an editor I often work with. I need to branch out now though and enter new markets. I don’t like going into the “slush pile” but there is often no other way to do it.

Chronicle Books

I have never been published by Chronicle, and I realize that my picture book poetry manuscript might be a long shot, but I also know that if I don’t submit to new publishers, I’ll never stand a chance of being accepted by them. Here is the information for writers from their website. At least this is one publisher still interested in unsolicited manuscripts. Note that submissions for children’s books must be by regular mail.

Keep writing, every day, even when you don’t have time.

From the web:

Chronicle Books publishes an eclectic mixture of traditional and innovative children’s books. We are looking for projects that have a unique bent—be it in subject matter, writing style, or illustrative technique—and that will lend our list a distinctive flair. We are interested in fiction and nonfiction books for children of all ages as well as board books, decks, activity kits, and other unusual or “novelty” formats.

Books for younger children may be submitted in their entirety without querying first. Projects for older children should be submitted by query letter, synopsis, and three sample chapters.

• NO MATERIALS SUBMITTED WILL BE RETURNED
• Do not include a self addressed, stamped envelope.
• Chronicle does not accept submissions or queries by fax, via e-mail, or on disk.
• Chronicle will not respond to an unsolicited submission unless interested in publishing it.

If we are interested in your submission, you can expect to hear from us within six months after we receive your submission.

Chronicle Children’s receives more than 1,000 submissions every month. For this reason, we do not track receipt of submissions. If you would like confirmation that your materials have been received, please include a self-addressed, stamped postcard with your submission. This postcard will be returned to you before your submission is evaluated, as proof that your submission was received.

If your proposal is a simultaneous submission, please indicate this in your cover letter. When submitting artwork, either as a part of a project or as samples for review, do not send original art. Anything from photocopies to tear sheets will do. And please, always keep a copy of your project; we are not responsible for any submitted materials, including dummies, prototypes, slides, etc.

Please send submissions to:
Chronicle Books; Children’s
680 Second Street
San Francisco, California 94107

 

Highlights for Children

I checked out three Highlights magazines from the library, to study them. Although I was published several times in Highlights in years past, I have not contributed again in some time. It is, in my opinion, one of the very best of the children’s magazines. Also, this magazine is one of the few that pays the author on acceptance.

Here are the writing guidelines.

 http://www.highlights.com/current-needs

The Bluffton Group

Fun For Kids MAIN

I received my author’s copy of the latest Fun for Kidz today. Now full color, it is an ad-free magazine that is truly fun for kids.

I’ve posted information about these magazines before. If you are a photographer as well as author, follow the theme list and submit your manuscript. You don’t have to include photographs, but they are welcomed.