Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Book Review: How To Write For Kids Magazines While Working on a Debut Novel by Vicki H. Moss
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Published by Create Space May 15, 2010/114 pages
This book was provided to me for free from the author for reading/reviewing.
At 114 pages this book is more like a magazine than a lengthy how to book on writing tips for magazines.
It is a great beginning for anyone interested in writing for children's magazines. The author includes samples from her own published works in kids magazines. She gives advice: in what publishers want, in researching for your writing topic, organization, submitting photographs, choosing a title, rejection. The author writes more on rejection than any other topic covered. She writes that writers must grow thick skin in order to deal with rejection. "Never forget perseverance is the key, work on the craft." My favorite chapter was The Bones of Writing. In this chapter she talks on a issue I do not hear as much about in writing circles---because everyone wants to be the next great writer, she writes about the pay. Most writers are not going to be a best selling novelist. Vicki gives an exact amount of what to expect in writing a kids magazine article.
At the end of the book is a lengthy list of children's magazines to write for including their website information.