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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.
On today's broadcast of the Celebrate Life show, your host Jean Bailey Robor welcomes Cathy Sikorski, Esq., motivational speaker and author of Showering with Grandma: Confessions of a Serial Caregiver. Cathy speaks on the comedy of caregiving and is a practicing attorney dealing largely with Elder Law issues (Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security). Not only that, but she has acted in community theater and a short film and won a Humor Prize at the 2014 Philadelphia Writers' Conference. Listen in and find out more about Cathy and how what she does can inspire you!
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HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! I HOPE THAT YOU ARE ENJOYING TODAY, AND DON'T FORGET TO DRINK RESPONSIBLY!!! I GREW UP WATCHING MICHAEL FLATLEY ON RIVER DANCE WITH MY MOM, AND I JUST LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. FIRST OF ALL IT'S DANCING, SECOND, THE MUSIC IS GREAT AND THIRD I APPRECIATE THE HARD WORK THEY PUT INTO THIS FORM OF DANCE. I TRIED MY HAND AT RIVER DANCE AND IT IS VERY HARD! I WANTED TO JUST GIVE IRELAND AND SHOUT OUT TODAY AND SEND SOME LOVE! HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE TODAY? I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT SOME COOL ACTIVITIES THAT YOU CAN DO WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS, ALSO SOME MAJEUP TUTORIALS I'VE SEEN THAT I THINK YOU MAY ENJOY OVER ON MY BLOG!!
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In case you did not know, What's Your Why? Blogtalkradio Show turned One on July 10, 2014. Therefore, what better way to celebrate than take back to the days of how I had fun when I was young, ROLLER SKATING. So, join us at Lanham Skate Center. 9901 Lanham Severn Road, Seabrook, Md 20706 Phone (301) 577 1733, you may have the chance to be on the show to tell the listners YOUR WHY. Mention the show and get a discounted rate. Join in for the Facecreations by Mommamia and mini cakes (cupcakes) by Melanie's Cakes. See you there.
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So here we are 3 weeks into 2015 and I am talking all about celebrating yourself. How many times do you do that?
If you don't then maybe you need to listen in on todays show, since it is really an intrgral part of the whole creation formula. How does it tie in? Well tune in and find out. Its so simple its amazing. So join in on the fun today. What Do You Want?
Love, laughter and light,
WHAT IS TRUE LOYALTY & WHY DO BLACK PEOPLE HAVE NO REAL UNDERSTANDING OF IT? WHY IS LOYALTY IMPORTANT TO HAVE? CAN ANYTHING TRULY BE ACCOMPLISHED BY BLACK PEOPLE WITH OUT LOYALTY? WHEN DID BLACK PEOPLE STOP BEING LOYAL TO EACH OTHER? WHAT DOES DISLOYALTY BREED IN THE FUTURE? FIND OUT THE ANSWERS TO ALL OF THESE QUESTIONS TONIGHT AT 9PM ON FUTURE OF MENTELLECT RADIO (BLOGTALK) FEAT THE INTEL.NUBEN MENKARAYZZ/MFA
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Welcome to the TRUE PURPOSE DEVELOPMENT SHOW... 2 hours to INSPIRE, EMPOWER , EDUCATE, and ENTERTAIN YOU!
Do you hold on to the last dollar in your wallet, sacrificing that apple that you want to buy because you don't know when you'll have another dollar? Are you tight with money solely because you're afraid to be broke?
Are you willing to give resources in your business? Or, are you holding on to the resources and tools that you have because you don't want someone else to get what you've gotten? ...Maybe you feel that there is just not enough to go around.
Are you selfish with your time? Or, do you make time for your children, your family and your friends? Or, are you only thinking of yourself?
If you said yes to any of the above questions...LET GO and give ABUNDANTLY, so that ABUNDANTLY, others will give unto you and your business, and so that your family will be enriched with blessings for generations to come. Realize the POWER in a Transformed Mind!
2nd Hour: It's Keepin' it Real with the Doc and MomoB! It's Open NIGHT...Whatever we want to talk about, we will.
This show is sponsored by the Global World Peace - True Purpose Movement; the True Purpose Team; and the Global True Puropse Centers. I invite you to visit us on-line @ http://bountifulgroup.com *Are you Fit 4 the Journey to TRUE PURPOSE? I invite you to purchase PREGNANT IN SPIRIT, How to Birth a Life of True Purpose ....
As women, we want and deserve to have the same rights (and respect) as men. I don't care what anyone thinks; we birth males, there's absolutely no reason why my son (or any male) should have more rights than I do! The hell? However, there are a few exceptions! And it's not necessarily a "right," but us women have to understand, there's just some things we CANNOT and SHOULD NOT do as a female. Yes, if we want, we can definitely piss standing up, operate heavy machinery, change a tire and all the other things society considers a "man's job," but can we have multiple sex partners like men and not let feelings get involved? I know some women are reading this and saying "hell yeah we can!"....okay, I need for you to ladies to call in! As much as I want to believe we can, we're not built that way. And multiple sex partners? Forget what society thinks and the names you'll be called.....our vaginas are attached to something sacred - a womb! Sleeping around eventually catches up to you. I don't care how many kegels you do a day, there's no exercising the womb. Now I'm not saying a woman can't enjoy a fling here and there, but we have to be careful in the decisions we make. A woman would settle down with a man knowing he's had a VERY active sex life....not so much the other way around! A woman would have to move to another town cross country and just start over! lol but I'm serious! We'll talk more this Wednesday, so make sure you tune in to hear what our special guest, Comedian Barry Nalor has to say on this topic!
I was on the online chat following "The Doug Stewart Show" and somehow the discussion turned from Michael Jordan being a billionaire into his high profiled divorce from his ex-wife. The show is basically has the men opinion all over it, many stating the fact that his ex wife didn't do the work therefore didn't deserve the 168 million that was received. Many of my fellow men just don't get it. So let me explain why women are very valuable not just in the bedroom
Do you practice a religion? Did you pick it or did your family pick it for you? When will you get to grow up and lead your life? Do you feel the separation from the creator? Will you ever feel 100% responsible for your life? Would you really want to be 100% responsible? Would you like to be God? If so, what would you do?
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