The Latest Happenings
Woo hoo! My very favorite children’s magazine in the whole wide world–Highlights for Children–has accepted my whale article for publication! This is HUGE!!! It has been a goal for a long time.
I originally wrote the article for my Institute for Children’s Literature class many moons ago. And believe it or not, I got the idea for the article quite by accident, while researching (and going down many rabbit trails) for a novel I wrote (which has not been published), loosely based on a job I had in ocean research.
This is the article I referred to when I mentioned having the thrilling experience of doing an interview with an accomplished scientist, who has such a sense of fun that I suggested HE write for children.
Also, I recently had the joy of writing a children’s book on the environment in a work-for-hire arrangement. It was something I had wanted to become involved with for a while because I do NOT like wandering around in the black hole of finding markets for my writing. In this kind of arrangement, the publisher or book packager knows exactly what they want to publish, so all I have to do is research and write. About 6 months after I sent my resume to an organization I learned about through the Children’s Writer newsletter, they contacted me with the offer to work on one of their projects. I knew I liked to research, but didn’t know how much!
The project was a very quick turnaround–read: rush rush RUSH! In the midst of it, coming home evenings from my day job and working way past my bedtime, it felt pretty challenging. Did I use the correct formatting for the footnotes? Do I have enough books to recommend “For Further Reading”? Is the text readable for kindergarten to third graders? Is this a good anecdote for one of the sidebars? What exactly is an “infographic”, and do I have to draw it? But ever so often I’d take a deep breath and say to myself, “Wow, this is FUN!” My manuscript has been accepted, I’ve received my cheque, and now I have the long wait to see the final project. What a great experience it has been!
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