THE WORDS WE CHOOSE TO USE

As children’s writers, we all know the importance of choosing the right word to use. Shakespeare has a famous quote “What’s in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” That philosophy might work in Romeo and Juliet’s situation but not for ours. In a nonfiction book … More THE WORDS WE CHOOSE TO USE

Tracking Research the Old Fashioned Way

I love using my computer for my research. With a click of a mouse, ancient tomes and primary sources open before my eyes. And a working outline is a breeze. Copy. Paste. Search. Find. For one of my nonfiction projects my outline is over 200 pages long and still growing.

On ‘Story Genius’ or . . . How to Avoid Wasting a Decade of Your Life

Ever feel as if your writing is a waste of time? That the entire universe is laughing at your paltry literary efforts? That’s one of my biggest fears, and it’s founded on reality. I wrote three unsuccessful children’s book series for David C. Cook in the 1990s. And by “unsuccessful” I mean the amount of … More On ‘Story Genius’ or . . . How to Avoid Wasting a Decade of Your Life

Writing Devotions: It’s More Than Just a Message

Writing devotions for children has an exciting caveat: we get to write lots of fun stuff to go along with the key message as well.

UNDER THE TANGERINE TREE: An Author Interview with Esther Bandy and a Giveaway

An interview with Esther Bandy. … More UNDER THE TANGERINE TREE: An Author Interview with Esther Bandy and a Giveaway

The Heart Changer

“Can an Israelite captive, wrenched from all she loves, serve the very man who destroyed her village? Miriam is asked to do the impossible: serve the wife of Naaman, commander of the Syrian army. Clinging to treasured memories of home and faith, Miriam faces captivity with worry and bitterness. Little does she know the Heart Changer is wooing and preparing her for a greater mission—far beyond what she could imagine. This middle-grade historical novel reflects the heartache and angst of a young refugee in a foreign land where all hope seems lost.”  … More The Heart Changer

Interview with Editor Hope Bolinger, End Game Press

MEET HOPE BOLINGER! More than 1200 of her works have been featured in various publications ranging from Writer’s Digest to Keys for Kids to HOOKED to Crosswalk.com. 

Seven Great Books for Young Readers by Guest Blogger, Esther Bandy

Guest blogger Esther Bandy recommends several books for middle grade readers and young adults. … More Seven Great Books for Young Readers by Guest Blogger, Esther Bandy

Choosing Your Mentor Text

As any brave explorer would do before embarking on a journey, it’s important for us as children’s writers to choose a reliable flashlight to help us find our way.For writers, our flashlight is a mentor text. What exactly is a mentor text, you may ask? In a nutshell, it’s a children’s book that you want … More Choosing Your Mentor Text

EQUAL by Joyce Moyer Hostetter: A BOOK REVIEW by Carol Baldwin

Last September, Joyce Hostetter was our first Master Class Teacher on writing Middle Grade books. It is my privilege to share her next book (unfortunately, the last in the Bakers Mountain Stories series), EQUAL with you. PROLOGUE When I went to the river that day in 1959 I didn’t expect to meet a colored boy … More EQUAL by Joyce Moyer Hostetter: A BOOK REVIEW by Carol Baldwin