Posted by: nancyisanders | June 8, 2021

Reality Show: KidLit Write Submits

I just wanted to update you on my progress writing little poems and stories for Babybug magazine.

I put together about a dozen little things and went to Babybug’s website and followed their guidelines for submission. (You can read about this currenet WIP here.) If you’re going to submit something to Babybug, too, let us know and we’ll cheer you on!

Then what did I do next? Did I put that WIP away and choose another?


I decided to continue working on this WIP some more.

There are several reasons why.

Reason #1: I want to continue writing and submitting to Babybug for awhile. I’m not going to worry about whether or not they accept my manuscript. I’m not going to sit by and twiddle my thumbs for 3 months waiting for a response…or not. I’m going to keep on moving forward on this journey because I want to learn how to write better for this age and this is a great target to aim for!

Reason #2: I want to polish my skills as a KidLit writer. And one of the ways that we can polish our skills as a KidLit writer is to learn how to write better poetry. Even if you only write in prose and even if you only write nonfiction, the rules and rigors of poetry are key skills to learn. Metaphors, hyperbole, figurative language, meter that flows smoothly within a line of words…all these skills and more add up to becoming a better writer, so I want to park here for awhile and work through my how-to-write poetry book (and others!) as I sharpen my poetry writing skills.

Reason #3: Because I have 4 grandchildren ages 6 and under who all love Babybug, this is a perfect stage for me to EXPERIENCE my target audience! So instead of waiting until they’re teenagers and I’ve lost touch with this age, I’m going to maximize my opportunity and write for it!

Reason #4: Writing these little Babybug stories and poems gives me practice for my other WIP as well that I’m working on: teacher resources for this age that I’m planning on selling on Teachers Pay Teachers.

So here’s a question for you…do you study how-to-write poetry books? I have one that I like a lot (Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry) but I want to add to my collection and learn more. Can you let us know what your go-to books are for learning how to write great poetry?


  1. Great topic! I am writing poetry too and trying out different poetic forms. I just ordered The Teachers & Writers Handbook of Poetic Forms but I haven’t used it yet. I am adding The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Writing Poetry to my wishlist.Thanks for the recommendation and good luck with your poetry!

    • Oh yay! I’m definitely going to check out that book. Let us know what you think of it.

  2. You just keep motivating me to write. I had a Babybug story published several years ago then stopped subbing because I wanted to concentrate on having a picture book published. Well, I wasn’t multitasking, was I? You’ve given me the push to sub wherever I can after much studying, reading, tweaking. So, guess what? I sent 3 stories off to Babybug last week. Got the reply back so know they got them….now wait! No, I’m not waiting for only them, I’m on a triple crown binge thanks to you!

    • Hip hip hooray for you! Maybe we could be in Babybug together…wouldn’t that be awesome?!

      • That would be! On another note, here’s a handy food tip that I forgot about until I did it this morning. Cook up a pound of bacon and freeze it in a baggy. Pull a few slices out at a time for BLTs, quiche, salad toppings or even breakfast. Hot or cold, it’s tasty and quick!

      • Oh I love quick and easy tips like this!

  3. I have always feared poetry but your post is so encouraging! I will check out the book you mentioned!

  4. Love your inspiration Nancy! You’ve given me a title to help me explore writing poetry. Thank you!

  5. I hope to see your stories and poems in Babybug!

  6. This is great inspiration, Nancy. Thank you!

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