It’s been a while since I shared a link to a great writing resource, but I had an email from an old acquaintance today asking for some tips on getting started as a children’s author. Among other advice, I suggested she head over to the SCBWI Australia website. There, among other resources, she’ll find a great series of articles contributed by various SCBWI Australia members on topics including how to get published, how to promote and even how to choose a title.
Check it out here.
What do singer/songwriter Sting and a beginning children’s writer have in common? A love of words, of course. And, as this article by Helen Brain, published at Suite 101, points out, writers can learn a lot from Sting. Check it out.
As you’ll know, if you’ve been following my blog, I love to write poetry for children. From a quick rhyme to a verse novel, I love the way that poetry allows a depth of expression it’s harder to capture in prose. And kids like reading and listening to poetry, too.
I find that when I’m busy in my non-writing life, I can often catch ten minutes to write a first draft of a poem, wheras I may not have time to write something longer. Of coruse, whilst it sounds easy to use thsoe ten minutes to write a poem there is always a need to then take time later to revise and rework. No first draft is ever complete.
If you are trying to get your children’s poetry published, you may find this article useful. Whilst it does not focus on technique, it has good general advice about getting started and finding markets. Well worth a read.