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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.
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.
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Author David Robert joins me this week to talk about his book: Wanderlush.
When David, a self-proclaimed anxiety-ridden introvert, convinces himself he’s dying of cancer, he invites his delightfully unpredictable, -popping, chardonnay-swilling mother on a series of international good-bye vacations. By doing so, he unwittingly opens a Pandora’s Box of hilarious and humiliating events that will test just how far they are willing to go to get a laugh.
David knows the trips will be anything but boring because he and his mom have been causing a scene for as long as he can remember. He describes her as a cross between Bea Arthur and Karen Walker from Will and Grace, and she is notorious for bending the rules.
But nothing can prepare him for escapades that include digging his mom out of a rain gutter in Costa Rica and being dragged across the Arabian Desert by a psychotic camel named Forrest Hump. As the vacations unfold, David discovers that although he and his mom are having the time of their life, she is ready to share a secret that will change everything.
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THE POE CONSEQUENCE:
In a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium, two rival gangs rule the streets. For the Alvarado Street Diablos, it's been a year since the murder of one of their closest members at the hands of their sworn enemy, the North Rampart Lobos. A drive-by killing in his honor is planned, but things go wrong and an innocent bystander is the victim. Several hours later the one who pulled the trigger suffers a horrifying death, caused by something never before seen in its uniqueness. Many more such cases follow, all involving only these two gangs among the hundreds throughout the city. And each death occurs at the same time of day. The exact same time of day. What can these two enemies do to survive against an unstoppable power intent on their mutual destruction? How is a gang-hating young boy's attempt to save the life of a gang member tied into preventing a loved one's soul from eternal damnation? What does a mysterious psychic's prophecy conveyed earlier in New Orleans have to do with all of this? Exploring both the darkness and hope that define our emotions, The Poe Consequence integrates social and ethnic divisions through acts of fate and supernatural horror for the reader to observe and imagine.
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Kingdom Empowerment, Inc. Host - Donna Ghanney interviews Sylvia A. Thomas author of "The Judah Collection" on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time USA.
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Sylvia A. Thomas is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in African American Studies and graduate studies in Public Administration. She is an ordained minister and Director of Sylvia Thomas Worldwide Ministries. She has been writing Christian based books for over 17 years and is the author of 5 published books.
Her Bible story series, The Judah Collection is the first of its kind domestically, and possibly internationally. The collection currently features 3 books entitled Jesus, my Lord, The Disciples of Jesus, and Moses and the Exodus from Egypt. Her hope is to complete a full 35 book series of these exciting colorful books, which will include every known, as well as uncommon Bible stories so that children will also learn the Bible.
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We have a special in depth show this week where we take a close look at the role of seizure alert service dogs.
Magnolia Paws for Compassion highlights the remarkable impact service dogs can have on people living with a variety of medical conditions, but most specifically, those who suffer from epilepsy.
To raise awareness of the widespread benefits of animal assistance, Magnolia Paws for Compassion has enlisted the help of Brandon McMillan, celebrity animal behaviorist and host of the Emmy-nominated television series Lucky Dog. Brandon has teamed up with Eisai, the Epilepsy Foundation and 4 Paws for Ability, a non-profit organization focused on the training and placement of service dogs for children.
Next we will speak with Karen Shirk, 4 Paws for Ability CEO, who trains and places seizure alert service dogs, and then Tom Penders, father of Becky, whoes family received a seizure assistance dog through Magnolia Paws for Compassion.
It is a fascinating and heart warming story to learn how these dogs are helping children and their families better cope and save lives. You will hear first hand accounts of how these dogs are trained and the everlasting bond they have with their new family.
We are starting the Show with Julie Hall Karlock, the administrator for the Facebook group, Dog Euphoria and the winner of the Dog Euphoria Fashion Week contest, Trish Aleve.
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This week's special guests are authors Marilyn "Slyce" Brown and Tottie Limejuice. Join us on IN THE SPOTLIGHT as we discuss their books, contributions to the literary arena and find out what's going on next for them.
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Rayna Kingston is a resident of South Carolina. She lives with her daughter, sister, and their cats. She has been writing poetry and lyrics for over 20 years. A graduate student at Ashford University, she is obtaining her Master’s in Education focusing on English Language Learners, Special Education, and Culturally Responsive Learning. She has one published poem about her daughter.
Helena Lancaster is a native of South Carolina, where she still lives with her sisters and their cats. She has been writing since she was a child, and poetry became a major focus of her writing in her teenage years. She is currently a student at Southern New Hampshire University working on completing a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing. She’s published one poetry anthology with a second due later this year.
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