Monday, March 28, 2016

Great Month of Learning

It has been a great month of learning.

I participated in Vivian Kirkfield's challenge of writing a picture book in 50 words or less. Out of around 130 entries, I won 6th place with my entry!

I have been participating in ReFoReMo!

ReFoReMo = Reading for Research Month

We have been studying different types of picture books and using them as mentor texts.

What kind of picture books are there? Let's see . . .

how to picture books
historical picture books
non fiction picture books
wordless picture books
low word count picture books
concept picture books
rhyming picture books
fractured fairy tales
alphabet and counting books
informational picture books
animal stories

etc. etc., the list could go on and on.

What type of picture books do you like to read?
What type of picture books do you like to write?

I took a plunge and wrote a 'how to' picture book this month. I am still working on this one. Lots of editing to be done.

Unlike what some people think, writing a picture book is hard.
Writing a short story (less than 500 words), means  each word has to be splendid. Each word has to be important to the story. Take out those meaningless words. Take out those boring words. Do not describe too much, let the illustrator have room to shine.

Children are special!

Make your book special!

Don't hide your words. 
Put them onto paper and share your stories with the world.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

More Publishers

Below are a few more publishers that accept manuscripts from writers without an agent.

Holiday House accepts unsolicited submissions. 

Kane Miller is another one.

I have sent to Ripple Grove Press before.

Click on their name above and go take a look at their guidelines and books that they publish. If you have any manuscripts that are a fit for them, give them a try.

 An update on my submissions. I sent in two in January and one in February. And, I just sent in my entries to the annual WVWriter's Contest.  

How about you? Anyone sent in any submissions?

 Good luck if you have!