The fascinating thing about children’s literature is that there are so many different ways to tell a story. The challenging thing about children’s literature is that each way you tell the story appeals to a different market. So let’s assume you want to write for children under 10. How do you know if you should write a picture book or an early reader (also described as beginner reader, beginning reader, and early chapter book)?
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You’ve probably heard all the terms. Author. Writer. Wordsmith. Wizard of words. Scribe. Litterateur. Well maybe not this one! But no matter which one you claim when you sit down with your pen — or keyboard — they all mean you’re going to use words to communicate an idea or story of some sort. Continue reading Effective Words: Do Your Words Have the Strength of a Brick Wall or a Tissue? →
There are many ways to build a brand as a writer, which is what I tell students in my online course, Introduction to Internet Writing Markets. What works for one writer may not be what interests another. So, for this post, I decided to survey some successful travel writers to see what they thought. Continue reading 14 Travel Bloggers Share their Branding Secrets →
Over 20 million passengers around the world take a cruise every year! That may sound like a lot of people until you find out it’s only half the number of people who visit Las Vegas annually. And yes, Las Vegas is a must-do, but I also believe that everyone should take a cruise at least once in life, especially authors. Why? Here are five reasons. Continue reading 5 Reasons Every Author Should Experience an Ocean Cruise Ship →
Travel writing, surprisingly, is a genre that’s been around since at least the 2nd century AD when Pausanias wrote the Description of Greece. Narrative travel stories and travel diaries gained wide popularity during the Song Dynasty in medieval China, and of course, the English classic by Jonathan Swift, Gulliver’s Travels, has been continuously in print since its publication in 1726. Continue reading Get Started as a Travel Writer and Make Money Writing →