Posted by: nancyisanders | September 1, 2015

Educational Publishers: Test Publishers

If you scroll down through all the publishers listed on Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS, you will see a list of several Test Publishers.

Go ahead and click on the links for each one of these as we’re exploring this part of the list.

One of the first things you’ll see is that most of these require submissions from educators or teachers.

I know a gal in my local region of SCBWI who has written for this market for years. From what she says, it seems like a very nice steady reliable opportunity for work and income.

If you really really want to try working for this market, but you aren’t a teacher, what can you do?

Do as I do! Pair up with a teacher who would like to earn some income but doesn’t have the time, interest, or experience to write.

Any time I’ve wanted to write for an educational publisher who requires writers who are also teachers, I just team up with my teacher husband Jeff! We apply as a team. He gives input and ideas, I write, and then he checks the material for educational content and focus. It’s a win-win situation.

But of course if you have an educational background yourself, what have you got to lose! Go ahead and submit to these publishers and see if you can land a spot as one of their writers.

Posted by: nancyisanders | August 29, 2015

Book Review: Noah’s Voyage

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Noah’s Voyage (Adventure Bible)
Zonderkidz: I Can Read! Level 2
Pictures by David Miles

Summary
Noah has a great big job to do for our great big God! Closely following the biblical account, the age-appropriate vocabulary is perfect for children who are learning to read with help. Young readers follow Noah as he hears from God about how people aren’t following God’s rules so God is going to send a flood. Noah does everything God tells him to do including building an ark and bringing all the animals on board. God kept Noah, his family, and the animals safe during the flood. When the flood was over, God dried up the earth. “Then God did something wonderful. He put a rainbow in the sky. God promised to never flood the earth ever again.”

What I Like
I like how this book teaches little children the truth in God’s Word, the Bible. This account is historical (it tells how Noah was 600 years old when the flood came). The illustrations support the biblical text (the ark’s proportions show how large it really was and could easily hold giraffes and elephants and more!). This book helps teach children that our faith is evidence-based on actual world history such as Noah and the Flood and not just based on fairy tales. I especially like the reminder that God put the rainbow in the sky to remember that he will never again send a flood to wash away the sins on the earth…God doesn’t need to because he sent Jesus to wash away our sins instead! Highly recommended.

-Thanks, BookLook Bloggers for another wonderful free book in exchange for my honest review!

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Posted by: nancyisanders | August 28, 2015

Faith Building Friday: God’s Book


You saw me before I was born
and scheduled each day of my life
before I began to breathe.
Every day was recorded in your book!
-Psalm 139:16, TLB

What an amazing concept this is! In His great love for us, God has kept a memory book about us from even before we were born. How precious each day of our lives is to Him–may we as His scribes grasp this wonder and dedicate ourselves to His purposes. May we not waste another day away from His great call upon us to write.

Dear God, on this particular day of my life, may I spend time writing the words You planned for me to write from even before when I was born. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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For more faith-building encouragement as a writer, visit my site, Scribes.

The pocket edition of Scribes: Devotions for Christian Writers is available at Amazon. What a great gift of encouragement to give to your critique group buddies and writer friends!

Posted by: nancyisanders | August 25, 2015

Educational Publishers: More Packagers

So now we have 3 categories that we’re exploring on Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS.

Publishers who need authors to work on projects they develop.

Publishers who accept original ideas from authors.

Publishers who are actually packagers who need authors to help develop products for other publishers.

I’ve never worked with a packager before but I’m exploring this idea just like you.

Here are some of the packagers you’ll find here on Ev’s site:

BENDER RICHARDSON WHITE

BOW PUBLICATIONS

BRAINWORX STUDIO

DOUBLEINK PUBLISHING SERVICES

EDITORIAL DIRECTIONS

RED LINE EDITORIAL

Posted by: nancyisanders | August 22, 2015

Book Review: Say & Pray Bible

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Say & Pray Bible
First Words, Stories, and Prayers
by Diane Stortz
Art by Sarah Ward

Summary
This sturdy board book has a soft padded cover…just perfect for your toddler’s first Bible! Each Bible story covers 2 pages and includes the following features:
* 1-3 sentences to tell the Bible story in a simple yet meaningful way
* A Bible verse to “say”
* A short prayer to “pray”
* Half a dozen or more words that label items in the pictures such as cow, horse, sheep, flowers, and tree

Over 20 Bible stories are included to introduce young readers to the main ones in both the Old and New Testaments.

What I Like

I like how few the words are for the actual Bible story because it holds the attention of little ones while explaining the story in easy-to-understand language. I also like how lots of items in each picture are labeled with their names because young children will love to point at each one. What a great way to learn how to read while learning Bible stories! This is a solid tool for any parent who wants to help their little ones on the road to reading success while growing in their love for God’s Word.

-Thanks, BookLook Bloggers for another wonderful free book in exchange for my honest review!

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Posted by: nancyisanders | August 21, 2015

Faith Building Friday: Enjoy


My elect shall long enjoy
the work of their hands.
They shall not labor in vain.
-Isaiah 65:22-23

This is a mighty promise God declares to us as His scribes. We do not labor in vain! God promises that we shall find joy in the journey–so why not choose to enjoy our pathway today? Let’s determine to enjoy the work that is before us right now, regardless of any lack of affirmation we might feel. Come on, beloved scribe! Let’s do what we can to make our long enjoyment even longer and rejoice today in our labors.

Dear God, thank You for this great and mighty promise. What an anchor of hope this is to me to cling to! Thank You for encouraging me and reminding me that my labor is not in vain. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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For more faith-building encouragement as a writer, visit my site, Scribes.

The pocket edition of Scribes: Devotions for Christian Writers is available at Amazon. What a great gift of encouragement to give to your critique group buddies and writer friends!

Posted by: nancyisanders | August 18, 2015

Book Review: Goodnight, Ark

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Good night, Ark
By Laura Sassi
Art by Jane Chapman

Summary
This is the board book edition of the delightful rhyming story of Noah and the ark. This Bible story features a fresh new slant on this timeless account by showing how Noah helped his furry friends get back to sleep during the storm. The rhyme and rhythm of the text is like music to young listener’s ears with lots of “sound” words kids love. Pitter-pat for the rain, pops and pings for the hail, and zip and zing for the flashes of lightning that scare the sheep…BAAH! This lively tale is a perfect bedtime book, however, as Noah helps calm the chaos of the storm by crooning a “soothing sleepy nighttime tune” to the worried pairs of animals. Young listeners will cuddle down under their blankets with a smile as they hear the final words of the tale, “Goodnight friends. Goodnight Ark.” Perfect for rereading night after night!

What I Like
This sturdy board book edition is just right for little hands to hold! This is a big plus right now because my 9-month grandson loves to sit on my lap and snuggle as we read but he wants to touch the pictures and grab the pages to turn. Plus, the padded cover makes this book feel soft and huggable in a good sort of way. I love the fun wordplay and rhythm of the rhyming text, and the art is so sweet and adorable! A fantastic duo for little Bible learners to read.

-Thanks, BookLook Bloggers for another wonderful free book in exchange for my honest review!

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Posted by: nancyisanders | August 18, 2015

Educational Publishers: Packagers

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Another category of educational publisher is “Packagers.”

If you don’t know what a packager is, you might feel like you want to look it up in the dictionary, just as my cat Sandman does when he doesn’t know what a word means. (Smile.)

Well, plain and simple, a packager is a publisher who provides products for other publishers.

What?!

Let’s take a look at Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS to see what I mean.

Click on the links to JUMPSTART PRESS.

Spend time exploring their site.

Looks like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?

So if you already have some experience in the educational world and you’d like to work with a packager such as Jumpstart Press, go ahead and contact them. Start up a conversation and see what steps they recommend for the journey.

It just might be a great fit for you!

Posted by: nancyisanders | August 14, 2015

Welcome to My World: Free Writing Event in Southern CA!

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What are you doing next Tuesday, August 18 at 7:00 PM?

If you’re anywhere near the city of Ontario in Southern CA, come join me at the Ovitt Family Community Library for a fun, fun time together learning great tips and strategies for doing research! We’ll be meeting in one of the rooms at the library which is located at 215 East C Street in Ontario. For more information, call 909-395-2205.

We’ll talk about the difference between primary sources and secondary sources…and super easy shortcuts on how to find them. We’ll talk about creating outlines…and super easy shortcuts on how to create them. We’ll talk about photo research, hands-on research, and connecting with experts to use THEIR research for your research…plus lots lots more to help you feel confident researching for your manuscript projects whether they are nonfiction, fiction, picture books, or encyclopedia-type articles.

Hope to see you there!

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Posted by: nancyisanders | August 14, 2015

Faith Building Fridays: Faithful


Those who are wise
will take all this to heart;
they will see in our history
the faithful love of the Lord.
-Psalm 107:43, NLT

Whether God calls us to write fiction for the general or Christian market, whether He calls us to write nonfiction or picture books for children, in whatever genre or whichever market He calls us to, may we always demonstrate to our readers the faithful love of the Lord. He is faithful! May we be faithful to proclaim His love.

Dear God, help me write manuscripts that give a testimony of Your faithful love. Yes, Lord, You are faithful. Even when sin, hatred, bigotry, and injustice abound throughout the history of our nation and of our world, You are faithful! Show me how to reflect Your faithfulness through the words I write. Amen.

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For more faith-building encouragement as a writer, visit my site, Scribes.

The pocket edition of Scribes: Devotions for Christian Writers is available at Amazon. What a great gift of encouragement to give to your critique group buddies and writer friends!

Posted by: nancyisanders | August 11, 2015

Educational Publishers: Submit a Proposal

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If you’re interested in submitting a proposal to an educational publisher but you feel like you don’t know where to start, check out this post that I posted here on my blog:

ONLINE WORKSHOP ON QUERIES AND PROPOSALS

There’s a lot of info to explore at that link which takes you to even more links!

It might be nice to schedule yourself a mini-writer’s retreat so that you can take the time to relax and really enjoy browsing through all the links and all the info you’ll find.

Have fun!

Posted by: nancyisanders | August 7, 2015

Faith Building Fridays: Healing


The words of the wise bring healing.
-Proverbs 12:18b, NLT

May the words we write bring healing to sin-sick souls. May the words we write in our rough drafts bring healing to the members of our critique group as they help us edit and polish the manuscript. May the words we write in our proposal bring healing to the hearts of the editors we submit it to. And if our manuscript gets accepted and published, may these words we have written be the vehicle for God’s power to work through in order to heal broken hearts and breathe new life into dead and dark places.

Oh Lord God! May the same power that raised Jesus from the dead work through the words I write to touch people’s lives in transforming ways. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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For more faith-building encouragement as a writer, visit my site, Scribes.

The pocket edition of Scribes: Devotions for Christian Writers is available at Amazon. What a great gift of encouragement to give to your critique group buddies and writer friends!

Posted by: nancyisanders | August 5, 2015

Educational Publishers: Proposals

Again, we’re exploring the list of educational publishers listed on Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS.

We’re talking about publishers who accept original ideas from authors.

Here are some of these publishers that you’ll find listed on Ev’s site:

BARRON’S EDUCATIONAL SERIES

CHARLESBRIDGE

CHICAGO REVIEW PRESS

KAEDEN BOOKS

KIDHAVEN PRESS

RAINBOW PUBLISHERS

SCHOLASTIC PROFESIONAL BOOKS

Continue to explore Ev’s site to see which other publishers like these you can find!

Posted by: nancyisanders | August 3, 2015

Educational Publishers: Submit a Proposal

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There are some educational publishers who accept original ideas from authors. Some of these publishers offer royalty-based contracts and allow authors to keep the rights to their manuscripts. Some offer work-for-hire contracts and keep the copyright in the publisher’s name.

A key factor when submitting to these publishers is to remember that they typically have a specific focus in their product line and the books they publisher. You want to submit a query or proposal to them that fits their publishing house. In other words, look at the photograph above. What’s wrong with that picture?

There’s a DOG in the CAT waiting area. We don’t want our proposals to stand out in a wrong way like that to these publishers. Before we submit to them, we need to make sure our idea fits into their product line. The best way to do this is to study their catalog first and brainstorm ideas that would fit well into the line of books they publish.

For more information on how to do this, read Chapter 9: Target Books in my book YES! YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO WRITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS, GET THEM PUBLISHED, AND BUILD A SUCCESSFUL WRITING CAREER.

Posted by: nancyisanders | July 31, 2015

Faith Building Fridays: Beautiful


Napthali is a deer let loose;
He uses beautiful words.
-Genesis 49:21, NKJV

The more we work to learn our craft and study how to better ourselves as writers, the more we acquire the skills necessary to create stories with a beautiful flow of words. It’s as if, through the hardship and the toil, we are set free to take the words God gives us and position them as a master craftsman onto the page.

Dear Father, lead me to the conferences, the how-to books, and the teachers who will help set me free to become a better writer. Holy Spirit, teach me how to use the thoughts and promptings that You place in my heart and fashion them into a beautiful manuscript that brings honor and glory to Jesus Christ. Amen.

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For more faith-building encouragement as a writer, visit my site, Scribes.

The pocket edition of Scribes: Devotions for Christian Writers is available at Amazon. What a great gift of encouragement to give to your critique group buddies and writer friends!

Posted by: nancyisanders | July 29, 2015

Educational Publishers: Submit Your Resume

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When contacting an educational publisher, the first thing they’ll want to see is your resume.

How do you prepare a resume?

Here are a series of posts I made that will help you on your journey. Just start at this first post and continue through the series.

RESUMES: PROFESSIONAL AND PERTINENT

(Note: To find the rest of the series of posts, scroll down to the bottom of that first post and click on the link that says, “Resumes: Let’s Start at the Beginning.” This is how you advance through posts on blogs.)

Posted by: nancyisanders | July 27, 2015

Educational Publishers: Work-for-Hire

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When we submit to educational publishers who need authors to work on projects they develop, they expect us to have our ducks all in a row. Most of their contracts are work-for-hire contracts meaning that they pay you a flat fee and keep all the rights. Be sure to follow their submissions guidelines very carefully.

Here are just a few of the publishers listed on Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS who follow into the category:

CAPSTONE PRESS

ENSLOW PUBLISHERS

FACTS ON FILE

FRANKLIN WATTS

GARETH STEVENS PUBLISHING

ROSEN PUBLISHING

STONE ARCH BOOKS

UPSTART BOOKS

As you’re clicking on links to explore these publishers and others similar to them, get a feel for the type of products they publish. Don’t worry about the publishers you look at and think, “This is way out of my comfort zone.”

Just keep an eye out for any publisher you look at and think…hey! I think I could write a book like that.

Those are the ones you want to submit to.

And if you have trouble pinpointing their submission guidelines, just google “Submission guidelines for name of publisher.” Sometimes they like to hide this info on their site and this usually gives good results.

Posted by: nancyisanders | July 24, 2015

Hypocrites!


Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!
For you are like white-washed tombs
which indeed appear beautiful outwardly,
but inside are full of dead men’s bones
and all uncleanness.
-Matthew 23:27, NKJV

These scribes are anyone who writes without the anointing of Jesus Christ. Their books are beautiful on the outside with fancy covers and glitzy awards. But inside, the text is full of ungodly concepts and foul words.

Lord, I beg of You! Do whatever it takes to keep me from being a scribe like this. May I always be humble and only write for Your glory and not my own. In Jesus’s name. Amen.

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For more faith-building encouragement as a writer, visit my site, Scribes.

The pocket edition of Scribes: Devotions for Christian Writers is available at Amazon. What a great gift of encouragement to give to your critique group buddies and writer friends!

Posted by: nancyisanders | July 23, 2015

Educational Publishers: Different Fish in the Same Pond

As we’ve been exploring the list of educational publishers listed on Ev Christensen’s amazing site, EDUCATIONAL MARKETS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS, we’ve been talking about how there are different categories of publishers listed.

Here are two categories I divide them into that we discussed in a previous post:

Publishers who need authors to work on projects they develop.

Publishers who accept original ideas from authors.

Each of these publishers have different expectations from authors who submit to them.

For publishers who need authors to work on projects they develop, in general they want to see an author’s resume plus writing samples.

Then they keep your name and samples in their files and contact you if they think they have a project they want to develop that matches your expertise as a writer.

Of course, you need to follow their specific submission guidelines, but in general, that’s how they work.

Posted by: nancyisanders | July 17, 2015

Faith-Building Fridays: Reflection

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Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
-Ephesians 5:1, NKJV

As we write, let’s strive to reflect God’s glory and imitate His characteristics to our readers. How do we do this? By choosing to stand on the clear Truth found in Scripture rather than the muddied waters of the world’s opinions. Let’s not pride ourselves in supporting or endorsing our friends, family, co-workers, or even our government’s decisions. Let’s follow wholeheartedly after Jesus and be reflections of His good and holy ways.

Dear God, please help me discern your Word rightly without being swayed by the news, the media, the publishing world, or even my personal friends. Give me the strength to write words that reflect You and Your truth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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For more faith-building encouragement as a writer, visit my site, Scribes.

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