I'm at the grog blog today talking about "How to Write for the Christian Market." Check it out if you're interested!
Hooray for summer! Just what do writers do in summer? Or better yet, what do stuck-at-home writers do in summer? What if you can't get out to conferences, you're stuck on the other side of the world, what can you do to keep the writer muse?
Here's what I've been doing so far.
I'm catching up listening to some famous authors at the "Let's Get Busy" Podcast. I've already been inspired by Tammi Sauer, Ame Dyckman, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen, and Seymour Simon. I may never hear these authors live, but I feel like I'm right there as I listen to their "writerly" wisdom!
I viewed a free video from agent Jill Corcoran and author Martha Alderson on "How to Revise Your Novel/PB." It was fantastic advice from both ladies. If I ever write a novel, I'd want to pay to view the rest of the series. Do take time to watch it!
Reading Children's Books/errr...Research
I'm trying to read children's books each day from picture books to novels, print books and e-books. I like what one author said about reading children's books--it's research! There are a couple web sites that have free picture books online such as Storyline Online and We Give Books. It's been fun to catch up on titles that I've missed.
Studying the "Bug" magazines
Cricket Magazine has free summer issues for all of their magazines. Since my husband gave me an iPad Air for my birthday, I've downloaded all the free issues for the magazines I'd like to study. That's 3 issues of each one so far. Maybe I can come up with a story for them.
I just finished author Katie Davis's How to Promote Your Children's Book: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to a Bestseller. I'll be doing a book review for it on the grog blog next month. So for now I'll just say that if you plan on writing a book, you must read this! In fact, I need to get busy preparing and following Katie's steps!
I'm revising my WIPs and will write new manuscripts since I'm in the 12x12 picture book challenge to write one manuscript each month. I'd also like to start research for a new nonfiction picture book.
Reviews and GoodReads
I have a goal to write some book reviews for some author friends on Amazon. My social media goal is to learn Goodreads. If you use that site, you can give me tips!
As with every summer, I'll enjoy the family outings we do and find a way to turn them into stories! What are you doing this summer?
This past spring I participated in an online writing contest hosted by Cynthea Liu, called Red Light Green Light. When the light is green, writers can send in the first 125 words of their story. Cynthea gives a tiny critique, and you either pass and continue in the contest or return to the start line. If you pass, you continue sending in next pages until someone wins. If your story doesn't pass, you return to the start line with a new story. It's really fun to play and get some feedback. Well, I happened to be one of the winners for the picture book category. I won a free critique from Cynthea.
Cynthea is amazing! She's represented by Andrea Brown Literary Agency and is the author of the most recent picture book Wooby and Peep, Sterling 2013. She's also written a middle grade novel and young adult book. Her full bio is here.
I had a wonderful 30 minute phone call with her, and she gave me great new advice and suggestions. It was also good to get her multicultural writing advice because Cynthea has written some multicultural books and has experience with editors and marketing. I've already revised my manuscript and can't wait to see what my critique groups say.
So if you want another eye and perspective on your WIP, check out Cynthea's critique service. Her prices are very reasonable, and she's quite knowledgeable of the market.
You can find Cynthea at her web site: Writing for Children and Teens. Below are some books she has written.
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!