October 2014 Issue
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Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
Writing for Children & Young Adults
Young Adult and Children’s books are hot! Here you’ll learn about trends in the marketplace, what’s working and what’s not, plus how to write for this very special group of readers without dumbing things down.
Writing for children isn’t for sissies. This genre demands your best work. Answer our columnists’ questions and find out if you’re up to the challenge. Read more
Alice Hoffman, author of Practical Magic and Here on Earth, proves once again that fairy tales and fables aren’t just a thing of the past. Read more
Special thanks to Alice Pope, editor of 2008 Children”s Writer”s & Illustrator”s Market, for help with compiling this list. October 2007 Read more
Between the Internet, Nintendo and the TV remote how can “boring” books compete? If you’ve never asked yourself a similar question, you’ve probably never written anything for children. Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey explain what it takes to grab a kid’s attention and hold onto it from the beginning to “the end.” Read more
"Dialogue not only keeps young readers engrossed in the action, but also makes the page appear less formidable by breaking up the text." That’s one of the tips from Tracey Dils, author of You Can Write Children’s Books. Read more tips here. Read more
To write a convincing setting for your children’s story, just kick off your shoes and jump into a child’s world. Read more
Excerpted from The Children’s Writer’s Reference, Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben talk about the most important ingredient in a book — plot. Read more
Author Robie Harris” books It”s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health and It”s So Amazing!: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families focus on sexual health for kids. Here, Harris talks about the process of doing extensive research as she prepared her manuscripts. Read more
Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey, who have written more than 80 children’s books together, including Sea Monsters Don’t Ride Motorcycles, discuss the basics of developing an attention-grabbing plot when writing for children Read more
If you are interested in writing stories for very small children, here are five tips that can help get you started. Read more
J.K Rowling discusses her influences, secrets about Harry Potter, and how she makes writing a priority. Read more
Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.
by Raymond Obstfeld
Learn how to introduce the idea of journaling to your child. Read more
Fairies, witches and genies-sounds like the makings of a child”s fairy tale, right? But what about a boy-crazy fairy who smokes? Or a witch who is a member of a Jane Mansfield cult? Or a genie who grants a wish so a teenage girl can live with her gay best friend and his lover? While books with such fantastical characters wouldn”t be targeted at young children, deciding whether to market them to an adult or a young adult audience poses a problem for their writer Francesca Lia Block an Read more
Philip Beard persevered through the publishing industry’s post-9/11 trauma to publish his novel, Dear Zoe. His story offers a telling look at how the industry’s mood can launch—or crush—a writing career. Read more
If you’re new to the world of children’s publishing, you might now know where to begin. Here is a list of suggestions and resources that can help make your journey to publication a smooth and swift one. Read more