Posted by: nancyisanders | May 5, 2021


Welcome back to our Realty Show: KidLit Writer!

My goal is to show you what’s really happening in my corner of the world as a KidLit writer and I hope you’ll comment and share what’s happening in yours!

A couple of weeks ago I finished up a work-in-progress, WIP. I sent it to my agent and the publisher is already looking at it. It was part of a series that’s getting published, so it’s hopefully just a matter of when it will be published, not if, like so many other manuscripts of mine. (Yours too? I hear you!)

But I’ve been wandering around aimlessly since then with just 2 WIPs on my plate when I always like to have 3. Three MAIN ones, that is, to focus on.

Right now what are my other 2?

#1 I’m working on a kid’s devotional. It seems like every Christian KidLit writer I know is getting a kid’s devotional published right now. So I thought, hey, why not try my hand at it, too? It’s not under contract, but I’m hoping it will be picked up after I finish it. (More about that later.)

#2 I’m working on a teacher’s product I can self-publish on Teacher’s Pay Teachers. Zillions of worksheets. Stuff I really have fun writing. It will take me months and months and months at a steady pace to create all the art and design and content for these worksheets, so I’m trying to create a certain number of them every day. (More on this later, too.)

#3 This was my blank plate for the last few weeks. But I’m happy to report, not any more! After I received an email with the Children’s Writer eNews from Jan Fields and the folks at the Institute of Children’s Literature, I got motivated to pick out my new WIP! CLICK HERE to sign up for their free eNews and scroll down to the bottom to find the link. Get in the KNOW!

In the newsletter, Jan shared that a current HOT MARKET is BABYBUG MAGAZINE.

Now, I love BABYBUG MAGAZINE. I have a KidLit writer friend who has written for it. I’ve read it for years, even before I had grandbabies! But now that I have grandbabies and they have a subscription to it, I get to see how much my favorite littles LOVE to read their newest issue of BABYBUG and all the past ones, too.

So after several days of thinking about it, it’s official! I’ve decided to write and submit to BABYBUG. From time to time, it will be fun to share inside peeks with you about what this process looks like. Right here in our very own Reality Show!!!

So that’s what I’ve been doing this week…how about you? What’s happening in your corner of the KidLit world?

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay


  1. 🙂 I’m about to submit a proposal for a devotional, too! 🙂

    • Hip hip hooray for you! Devoes are hot right now!

  2. Nancy, thank you for sharing your positivity! I signed up for a class at Storyteller Academy. I keep working toward building my knowledge and craft of writing children’s books.

    • Good for you! I’m so excited for what you will learn!

  3. Hi Nancy! This is such a good idea for sharing. You sound delightfully and happily busy!
    I’m working on a kid’s devotional also!! And lots of art blog posts and author interviews. I’ve also written lately for DevoKids, and a parenting blog called in the Quiver. I’m enjoying getting to know people on these sites and through the interviews, also.

    • Oh Kathy, it’s so fun to peek into your corner of the KidLit world, too! Your projects sound like such a blessing.

  4. Nancy,
    Thanks for sharing what’s going on in your journey today. I smile every time I read an update from you. I thought just the other day that I must pull out one of your books and study! You know that you’re one of my heroes.

    • Oh thank you for your sweet, encouraging words!

  5. Hi Nancy, thanks for a great post full of goodies of information! Thanks for always being so caring and resourceful. 🙂

    • You’re welcome! It’s so nice to reconnect!

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