Monday, October 6, 2008

Children's Writing Links to Boost Your Craft

Please enjoy the informative and rich children's writing links below.

Do you want to write a picture book? Don’t be fooled by the small amount of words (approximately 200) and pages (32). Successful picture book writing is far more difficult than it looks. Read this enlightening article.

Writing Picture Books

Sometimes it is difficult to know what one publisher means by picture book or early reader. Go to Understanding Children’s Writing Genres to view a glossary of children’s publishing genres by Laura Backes, publisher of Children’s Book Insider

The Query Letter and How to Write One, by Diane Thomas

Aaron Shepard exposes dangerous myths and terrible truths about writing and publishing in his article here:

Dangerous Myths and Terrible Truths

I would like to recommend this excellent article by Terry Whalin, writer, editor and literary agent. Read Some Basics on Magazine Writing. Within the article there are also a few links to some excellent books on writing magazine articles. Check them out. This is a great article for those of us who are participating in the LKFall Article writing challenge.

I came across this great quote.

“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that, just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him out to the public.”
—Winston Churchill

Write it down,


  1. Hello Carmen,

    Thank you for mentioning my article, Some Basics on Magazine Writing. For some reason, I couldn't get the link to work so I'm including it here.

    Also notice I have an array of articles on children's writing. I recommend each of your readers go through these various articles.

    Each issue of Right-Writing News includes a children's article for your readers. This resource is free and includes over 400 how-to write pages.

    Finally check out my blog on The Writing Life which has almost 900 searchable entries and in particular this post called Hope For Children's Writers.

    Keep up the good work,

    Author of Book Proposals That Sell

  2. Hi Terry,
    Thank you for all of these wonderful links. I know I will enjoy going through all of them as much as my readers will.


  3. Carma,

    I just read Terry's article on Magazine Writing - very helpful and informative. Your posts always have such good content.

    Thanks so much,

  4. Hi Theresa,
    I marked these articles to read also. They contain a wealth of information for all writers.