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I'll add that the NF mags seem to like stories with active child learners, and to be the best fit, you'd want to write a story that fits an issue theme. For example, a NF mag publishing an issue about butterflies might go for a fictional story about a child who plants a butterfly garden, provided the facts about how the garden was planted have been researched and have a bibliography to back them up.

Hope that helps!
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The Craft of Writing / Re: Favorite books about writing?
« Last post by charlottejo on Yesterday at 07:17 PM »
Thank you all for your replies! I will have to pick those up.
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I think it depends on when Editorial “flips the switch,” so to speak. I’ve had acceptances from ASK where the editor has emailed me an acceptance but the submission still only reads “received.” So it’s very possible your submission is being looked at without its label having been changed.
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Another newbie question - writing samples
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on Yesterday at 06:21 PM »
When I send samples, I target the market. So focus on the age and reading level of the magazine. This may mean you write something specific to use as a sample. Do mention your published work in your query though.
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Another newbie question - writing samples
« Last post by BrandyB on Yesterday at 01:57 PM »
Thanks!

It's nice to actually have some things at the right age level to submit at all, even if none of it is published (yet?)  ::-)
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Non-Fiction (NF) / Re: Millbrook Open Submission
« Last post by BrandyB on Yesterday at 01:26 PM »
This is where I sent my ms about engineering design!

I will note for anyone considering it that they are specifically looking for books that can be illustrated with photographs, not drawings. I believe she says in the comments of the blog post that this generally does not include most stories centered on an animal "character".
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Another newbie question - writing samples
« Last post by kwlarson on Yesterday at 01:25 PM »
I would include whatever is closest to the age/interest level of the group you are writing for. When I was applying for one of my book publishers, they actually had me rewrite one of the samples I submitted so it would match the target age level.

It doesn't matter if the pieces have been published or not, they just have to match the age level of the pieces the editors are looking for.

Hope that helps!

Kirsten
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Another newbie question - writing samples
« Last post by BrandyB on Yesterday at 12:50 PM »
Thank you - I wasn't sure if it would be weird to use something I queried them for previously!
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Another newbie question - writing samples
« Last post by Vijaya on Yesterday at 12:32 PM »
I'd be tempted to go with A because it's the right target and B to show you can write for kids, but I'd also include either C or D to showcase your published work, whichever one you think would be more interesting to read for the editors of ASK. Good luck!
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Magazines & Ezines / Another newbie question - writing samples
« Last post by BrandyB on Yesterday at 10:13 AM »
So now I've written a couple of things, but none of it's published yet. Can I use it for writing samples?

I'm submitting to Ask again, and since I haven't heard back about my previous query to them I'm assuming they still want a resume & two writing samples. Which of the following would be the best samples to send?

a. The article I wrote for the other query I sent the same magazine (which I did not include with that query).
b. A NF PB manuscript that I've submitted to an editor but haven't heard about. Aimed at a lower age level than this magazine.
c. A personal essay published on a curated & edited site online, written for adults.
d. A piece of my academic writing, which is published but written for adults familiar with my field.

Thank you so much in advance. You guys have been SO MUCH help!
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