A new group has opened up at yahoogroups called Childrens Writers Today. The purpose of this group is to provide a forum for promoting your writing. Some groups limit the amount of promotion you can do on list but this group welcomes your good news. In addition there are some lively discussions going on about the various types of book publishing. Authors and Illustrators are invited to share tips on promoting their work. We all have questions about new ways to promote our work at times, and this would seem to be a good place to get answers. This list is new and growing rapidly.
Jan Fields has replaced Mel Boring as editor in charge of forums for the Institute of Children's Literature, and the Institute's e-newsletter. Mel did a wonderful job in this role, but I see Ms. Fields has already made some changes to the way things are done to give it her own touch. She has changed the indexing for the articles on the website to make it easier to find what you are looking for, and she has changed the time of the afternoon Open Forum to make it easier for some to attend. The Institutes Guest Chats offer you an opportunity to ask those questions you have been dying to ask of an author or editor. If you have never taken advantage of the wonderful resources available on the ICL website you should take a look. This is available to students and non-students. It can be found at http://www.institutechildrenslit.com.
You can sign up for the e-newsletter by going to this addy .
Another wonderful resource is at http://www.kidmagwriters.com. This e-zine is specifically for those interested in writing for children's magazines. Jan Fields is the editor, of Kid Mag Writers as well, and the quality shows. The site contains market guides, market analysis, and articles on all facets of writing for children's periodicals. This site has been up for just over one year and every monthly issue has been packed full of useful information written by experienced and published writers. Make sure you save or print articles of interest, they are not archived and change monthly. This is my pick for one of the top 100 sites for writers.
Smartwriters.com is having their annual Write It Now competition. The deadline for entries is March 15, 2006 and you can enter on line. There are several categories and there is a small entry fee. For more information go to http://www.smartwriterspro.com. Hurry! There isn't much time left.
(c) 2006 Sharon A. Soffe