Let's Talk Turkey About Writing!
I’m always looking for great quality photos to go along with a blog post and if I can find free ones at an easily navigable site, even better! My new favorite place to search for free photos is called Pexels. I almost always find what I need, and if I use more than one picture from a photographer, I might even leave a little tip.
Next, it seems like I always have a story, poem, or essay or two or 345 that didn’t sell at the original market where I submitted. So I go to my favorite market resource: Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers (from ICL, the Institute of Children’s Literature). One of my favorite features with this resource is the listing of freelance potential; I like to know my chances of getting accepted. The Writer’s Digest market books are excellent, too, with lots of great take-away info. And here’s the great insider tip I’m passing along: get the current year’s book in the fall when it goes on sale. You can pick up these books for a fraction of what you’d pay in just a few months when the new book comes out, and honestly, the information about the markets doesn’t change that much. Besides, you know to always go online and double check a market before submitting, right?
And finally, one of the most important things I do to support my writing is reading. I read a lot of books. Not necessarily books about writing—though I have bookshelves sagging from all those books and someday, really, I’m going to read ‘em—but books in the genre in which I write. I like to stay on top of the best books in kidlit, especially the books the kids are gobbling up. And I find those books over at Goodreads on all of their great lists. But I particularly love when, once a year, the Goodreads community votes to come up with the “Best of…” lists; that reading keeps me busy for the rest of the year!
Now it’s your turn to give, writers. Have a special writing tip? A favorite go-to writer website? Insider writer information? Share in the comments and I promise, we’ll all be very thankful!
(Well, maybe not the turkeys. It just occurred to me that they may not be talking about writing...)
~Cathy C. Hall