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There is more to being the author of childrens books than you know.
By Mary Rodd Furbee
1. Consider why you want to write children's books.
If you want to write books for children, it helps to be a little crazy. I developed a passion to write nonfiction biographies for middle-school children about four years ago. My daughter's experiences made me realize that there were hardly any children's books on America's founding mothers. It hit me, hard: This was what I had to write. There was a need. The subject was fascinating. I knew I could do it, and found the prospect exciting. If you have a similar passion, perfect. If not, perhaps you are meant to do something else. It's hard to write books, harder still to write books for children. It's difficult to get published, and you'll face a lot of rejection.
2. Don't expect to make big money or make it quickly.
Writing books for children is like starting a business. You must invest both time and money. I hoped to make money writing my first books, but I didn't. Four years and six published books later, I still haven't made as much money as I could have in most professional writing or editing positions. It's the rare children's book that hits the bestseller list or wins a Newbery Award, and the rare full-time children's writer who makes a living.
3. Read children's books.
When I decided to write biographies of women in American history, I read biographies, histories, books about writing biographies, and lots of middle-grade fiction and nonfiction. It's amazing what you can learn by reading the books you want to write - be they board books for infants and toddlers, picture books, early readers, middle-grade novels or young adult nonfiction. Read the best authors - over and over. If you can, take a class in children's literature or writing for children.
"After 25 years of investment, pain, triumph and challenges, I, Dawud, the creator of Brotherman Comics is now asking the people for support to help propel this venture into a new plateau of entertainment! YOUR SUPPORT IS NEEDED! PLEASE SHARE! Check out the link for more details. http://igg.me/at/brotherman" Baba Dawud Anyabwile?! Tonight at 8pm listen to Dawud and his business partners on The Gist of Freedom www.BlackHistoryBlog.com
Join Cultural Conversations as we discuss how children's books have an impact on the kids reading them, their self-esteem, sense of community and family; with writer, and corporate communicator, Allyson Ward Neal. Call the show 347.857.3121, MONDAY, 7:00 P.M. CENTRAL TIME/8:00 P.M. EASTERN. Allyson is an author of the popular Ava children's book series, the story of an young african american girl and her family. Allyson is author of, "They are: Algiers: The Untold Story, the African-American Experience, 1929 – 1955, Algiers: The Untold Story of a New Orleans Treasure, Ava the Angel, Ava Lillian’s Blessing, Ava Lillian Goes to School, Ava Lillian's Christmas Play, How to Write and Publish a Book and How to Create Websites for Smartphones, tablets, laptops and more".Call the show 347.857.3121, MONDAY, 7:00 P.M. CENTRAL TIME/8:00 P.M. EASTERN.
TWO WAYS TO SUNDAY~
Chris Marcum was a man who had everything. The perfect wife, the perfect job, and the perfect life. He was also sure his belief in God did not depend on those successes. So when an angel appeared to him on his deathbed with a challenge to prove the depths of his faith, Chris immediately accepted. Relive your life, with no recollection. This time however, without the breaks. What happens when instead of going right, you go left? What if there are no happy endings? How much can a man endure before he hits his breaking point? And what happens then?
Tune in and join me as I welcome this week's guest.
Author Grier Cooper joins me this week to talk about her book: Wish, (Indigo Dreams Series Book 1)
For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet so she can begin her ballet dance career. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders, the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.
But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. But life with an alcoholic parent is unpredictable. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.
To learn more about Grier Cooper and Wish:
Authors on the Air host Pam Stack welcomes author Gennita Low, who brings stories of her hot hot hot spy-fy romantic adventure books, her Glow menagerie AND Jed McNeil.... VIRTUALLY ONE. Fans who know Gennita know this sassy roofer / writer delivers the hottest romance around. Gennita Low, writes sexy military and techno spy-fi romance. She also co-owns a roof construction business and knows 600 ways to kill with roofing tools as well as yell at her workers in five languages. A three-time Golden Heart finalist, her first book, Into Danger, about a SEAL out-of-water, won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Romantic Intrigue. Besides her love for SEALs, she works with an Airborne Ranger who taught her all about mental toughness and physical endurance. This is a LIVE BROADCAST SO CALL IN AND ASK ABOUT "SIZZLE" AND MORE! 347-633-9609. Visit Gennita's Amazon author page at http://amzn.to/1EcIHAV.
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BEHIND THE RED DOOR~
What will you find behind the red door? Will it be humour? Or will it be horror? Will you find stories both modern and fictional or will you find the end of the world? Perhaps it will be all theses things and more. Because if there is one thing you can say about author Clayton Clifford Bye it is that he loves to jump from one genre to the next. His writing is eclectic, his style as variable as his stories and the content is consistently 5 out of 5 stars. So, come .... walk with him through the red door into places you would never have imagined and that will give you reason to pause and think and feel. Come ... Open the door.
he California legislature is beginning to look at the way children are medicated with psychiatric medications. Some purport that prescribing practices are to blame—that psychiatrists are prescribing too many anti-psychotic medications which have significant and serious side effects to children, particularly in the foster care system. The practice of prescribing psychiatric medications to children is a direct result of the "presenting complaint" brought to the attention of the psychiatrist. The overuse or underuse of medication or inappropriate use of medication for foster children is a symptom of a much larger problem with the care of children in the foster care system.
Dr. DeSilva has spent over 15 years as a Psychiatrist, specifically enhancing the mental health of children and adolescents. Much of her work consists of the complex array of needs with adolescent and young adult criminal and violent offenders to understand the interplay between mental illness, societal factors, and interpersonal issues. In this climate of horrific violence much of it perpetrated by adolescents and young adults in society today, she believes understanding the needs of children is crucial to preventing further tragic events. Dr. DeSilva believes not only must children with mental illness obtain the care they desperately need, it is vital adults participating in child rearing educate themselves about children's development and learn to communicate effectively with children and adolescents
Lynn Wiese Sneyd 'The Book Biz Whiz' discusses the world of self-publishing fiction and non-fiction books. Lynn is a writer and author, literary expert, PR consultant and owner of LWS Literary Services where she assists authors in book publicity campaigns, agent searches, book proposal writing, and editing. Most recently, she co-authored The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs, released by the University of Nebraska Press. Watch for her article on Self-Publishing in the May issue of Big Blend Radio & TV Magazine.
This interview originally aired on April 12, 2015, on Big Blend Radio's Champagne Sundays variety show, which broadcasted live from Joshua Inn Bed & Breakfast in Hollister, California.
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