Posts Tagged ‘writing for kids’

Taking a Closer Look

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There are plenty of opportunities to write for kid magazines.  And with so many options, the topic possibilities are endless–just waiting on YOU to add your own fingerprint to the mix.  So today I thought I would share a few links where you can get started.  Well, actually, ONE BIG LINK where you’ll think you’ve found the mother lode. 

Did you know there is a website designated just for Kid Magazines?  It’s called “The Information Center for Writers for Children” and I think it’s the BEST place to start.  There, you’ll find listings and links, literally from A to Z.  There’s even a DEAD ZONE, keeping you informed on those mags you may have heard about, but are no longer in operation.

I suggest just taking some time to browse the many options out there.  The titles pretty much give away the audience and focus, but click on those that interest you and take a closer look. 

Oh, another great feature on this site is the guidelines link.  For most publications, the guidelines are just a click away.  However, some magazines require an email or snail mail request.  KidMagWriters.com keeps you informed on who shares guidelines online AND which ones are paying markets. 

If you are interested in writing for kids, magazines is the best place to start.  So take a few and check out KidMagWriters.com to see just where you can begin.

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Writing for Kid Magazines

Magazines to read

As promised, here are some reminders for those wanting to submit pieces to kid magazines.

  • Know the Magazine–study several issues of the magazine noticing topics, article lengths, sidebars, age of audience, etc.  Most publications offer samples and back issues for a low price.  Or, check your local library.  Writing the perfect piece means a PERFECT fit for a specific publication. 
  • Guidelines–AFTER studying the publication, read their submission guidelines.  Most kid magazines list themes and special topics they’re looking for right on their website. 
  • Topic Twist–In today’s competitive market, you want to stand out.  Think about the topic needs of the magazine.  What slant can you take that would make the editor take notice? 
  • Be an Expert–Think about your special skills.  Specific experiences and/or special training in a particular subject will build your credibility as an expert in the field.
  • Submission Policy–Does the editor want just a query letter or the entire article?  By email or snail mail?  Make sure you read the fine print.  It pays to FOLLOW DIRECTIONS.  If not, your submission will never see the light of day.

In other words, do your homework.  Plan, research, and organize your ideas.  Then, use this knowledge to provide the perfect piece for your intended magazine.  Editors will thank you.

Magazines, A Great Start

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I’ve had many discussions with fellow writers about  just HOW to break in to the children’s book industry.  So I thought I’d share a little bit about MAGAZINE writing. 

Why start there? Here’s several reasons:

  • Writing in Demand–Think about it.  Most magazines run monthly.  This means they are filled with all sorts of information.  Magazines are always on the lookout for quality pieces with a fresh voice.
  • Specific Topics–Study any magazine and you’ll find they all have departments,many with special themes.  This is a great way for newbies who feel overwhelmed by too many ideas or worry with writer’s block where there’s no ideas at all.  This way you can find a topic you like and start there.
  • Word Counts— With these publications, there’s limited word space available.  That means every department/column must adhere to strict word counts.  For a newbie, this is great news.  First, you can breathe a sigh of relief–no pressure to write thousands of words like the latest YA bestseller. AND, it’s great discipline.  Strict word counts can teach new writers how to write tighter, keeping their pieces focused and clean.

So if a 50,000+ word count seems way out of reach or you’re just trying to get your feet wet in the world of children’s writing, magazines just may be the place for you to take the plunge.

With magazines, topics are endless and cycles continue.  Why not jump in and cycle along, too?  Next time, I’ll share a few more tips and links on KID MAGAZINE writing, so stay tuned. . .