Every Word Counts

Every Word Counts

I’ve been revising the same 25 words for 3 weeks. As a picture book writer, I’m forced to care, forced to be precise.  Every word counts.  With only 500 words to tell an entire story, every word must develop the character, define the plot, and move the story forward. ...

What’s in a Name?

Yesterday, I changed the title of my blog. I also changed the domain name of my blog. And lastly, but most importantly, I changed my name. Why, you ask?  Age bias. My given name is Lois. My mom just always liked that name. Since I started writing seriously, I set up a...

You Can’t Judge a Book by it’s Cover

We’ve all been told not to judge a book by it’s cover.  I agree that not everything is as it appears. Take for instance the stunning dress that turns a plastic mannequin into a supermodel, but makes you look like a guest on the Richard Simmons Show. I...
5 Children’s Writing Contests

5 Children’s Writing Contests

[Revised in 2020] For authors who write children’s and YA stories, here are a few upcoming children’s writing contests to use for gaining valuable experience and building your writing platform! Adventure Writers Competition The Adventure Writers Competition...

To Market, To Market

Linda Jo Martin has just launched a new children’s e-zine titled Literature For Kids. Hot off the net, the inaugural publication was released on January 1st.  It’s full of stories, poems, and articles for kids plus, articles for parents, book reviews, and...

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