Have You Updated?
Happy summer! Now that school's out, I'm FREE to write! Bring it on!
Actually I'm wanting to do some work-for-hire like I used to do as well as work on my own manuscripts. So I prayed for work to come in. And it did! One client is a repeat client, Tuttle Singapore. But a new client, Oxford University Press, contacted me this week, wanting me to write for their educational books. She's based out of Hong Kong. I asked her how she found me. Her answer--my profile on the SCBWI website! She was/is looking for Asian writers for a specific cultural project. And then I thought--oh no, have I even updated my profile? What does it show? So this past week I updated that, plus my profile on Linked In which was long overdue.
So the bottom line is--make sure all your profiles and web pages are updated because you never know how you'll land a writing contract!
And if you happen to be a Malaysian freelance writer, she's looking for one. Let me know, and I can connect you!
Collaborate with a Child
If you'd like to know a trick of what to do when you're stuck in writing, head on over to my critique group's blog, Pens and Brushes, where I have a great suggestion. Happy Summer Writing!
How is your summer going? Are you getting much writing done? I'm at the Grog blog discussing this very thing--thinking like a writer in summer! Join me if you can!
Writers "On Call" in Summer
Summertime means vacations, excursions to the beach, and plenty of playtime with the kids. But in my opinion, writers are never truly off work. We're kind of like professionals "on call."
You never know when some idea will pop into your head or some activity on vacation will start the wheels turning about a new plot.
For example, we drove to the ocean TWICE in the past month. It's three hours to the east coast of Korea where the water is cleaner and prettier. I took my trusty notebook, sat on the beach while my kids and husband played, and I wrote. I composed and sold a rebus to Clubhouse Jr and wrote a picture book draft for the 12x12 challenge I'm in.
One evening we explored the city we were staying in, and on a walk around a lake, I discovered the most beautiful field--a lotus field! I've never seen so many lotuses. The scent was heavenly. The perfect lotus bud reminded me of the children's movie Epic. My "on call writerly" brain made me take lots of pictures. This lotus field will make the perfect setting for a new story!
So you see--we writers are never on break. We're always researching and hunting down the next story.
If you have time, you can join me at Kidlit Summer School, hosted by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Kami Kinard, who run the popular Nerdy Chicks Write Blog. (Registration ends July 25)
Here are my lotus photos. Enjoy your summer!
Tina M. Cho, children's author
I'm a children's author and freelance writer for the educational market. Welcome!