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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Magazine Market for Poetry
« Last post by Ev on August 19, 2019, 02:13 PM »
You're right, Gbug, about it being hard to find places for children's poetry. I've had some published, but the magazine where I was most successful has folded.  Fun for Kidz might consider a NF poem.

I know you'd obviously prefer a paying market, but would you consider a non-paying one? Are you only interested in print magazines, or would you consider online publications? If you're willing to do non-paying and/or online, there are more possibilities.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: An imaginary introduction
« Last post by mrh on August 19, 2019, 02:11 PM »
First of all, is it misleading/disappointing opening a book with a grand, adventurous scene that turns out is in the protagonist's head? Or is it just too confusing for the reader?

I think the short answer is yes and yes. I think this is the feedback you would get.

An additional problem could be that the grand, adventurous scene fails to engage because readers haven't had a chance to get to know or care about the characters in it. But that's hard to tell without seeing your story.
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Middle Grade (MG) / Re: An imaginary introduction
« Last post by David Wright on August 19, 2019, 02:05 PM »
Hi Simon

I would compare it to waking from a dream - a definitely no-no.
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Middle Grade (MG) / An imaginary introduction
« Last post by simon-burr on August 19, 2019, 01:47 PM »
Hello!

I'm editing the first chapter of my lower MG manuscript and have rewritten the introduction several times. I'm happier with the current draft, however the first paragraph is an imagined scene that doesn't have much bearing on the main story.

First of all, is it misleading/disappointing opening a book with a grand, adventurous scene that turns out is in the protagonist's head? Or is it just too confusing for the reader?

It would be great to move on from this opening and continue with the rewrite, but it just makes me uneasy. Any advice would be very useful!
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Upcoming Education & Writer Events / Webinar: Writing on Commission
« Last post by Vonna on August 19, 2019, 12:32 PM »
The Oklahoma SCBWI chapter is hosting a webinar on Writing on Commission.

“An In-depth Dive into Commissioned Work” with award-winning author Gwendolyn Hooks.

September 13, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Central Daylight Saving Time)

Gwendolyn will share how she began writing on commission, the writing process, and how to keep editors asking for more.

More info and registration: https://oklahoma.scbwi.org/
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Magazine Market for Poetry
« Last post by Gbug on August 19, 2019, 12:32 PM »
Thank you for the kind words and suggestions Vijaya--I might just write that poem about being a poet...haha!!
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Magazines & Ezines / Re: Magazine Market for Poetry
« Last post by Vijaya on August 19, 2019, 11:58 AM »
Gbug, poetry *is* hard to place. I share your frustration. I've placed a couple of NF poems so that might be an avenue for a magazine, esp. the themed magazines and Fun for Kidz counts. I do so love the idea of a little chapbook for your daughter, though!!! There is something very special holding your words in a tangible form. And poetry collections--thematic ones--are such fun. You could have a book.

Suggestion: The SCBWI Bulletin accepts poems about the writing life and the payment is nice too, plus membership. It's been a while since I subbed anything to the Bulletin so I don't know the current terms. You are just the person to write a poem about the perils of being a poet.

Good luck!
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Kidlit Good News / Re: Kirkus review of Kugel for Hanukkah?
« Last post by Kell on August 19, 2019, 11:52 AM »
Congrats! And YUM!
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Magazines & Ezines / Magazine Market for Poetry
« Last post by Gbug on August 19, 2019, 11:40 AM »
Bummed about yet another poem rejection. I have quite a few poems that no one wants, but have sold a couple to Highlights and Pockets so I don't think I'm that awful at poetry. Besides Highlights (closed to submissions I think), and Cricket (rejected everything from me to date), who else takes poems?  I sent a couple to the School Magazine of Australia, and got quick rejections. A couple of my poems wouldn't fit for Australian readers because of some word choices---obviously written by an American. Pockets is closing. The people at Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty don't seem to write back so I hesitate to mail things into their void....what about Fun for Kidz? Their topic list says they only need non-fiction, does that mean they won't accept poetry?  Does Clubhouse Jr take poems?

Poetry is my first love, but it's such a terrible market for kids, don't you think?  I might just "self-publish" my poems into a Shutterfly book, give it to my daughter for Christmas, and call it a wash, lol. 
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I am writing a nonfiction historical nonfiction book regarding a true incident during the Western Campaign of the War of 1812. It involves a massacre perpetrated by British-encouraged Indians on American volunteers, and the response to that massacre which ended the War of 1812. I am having trouble figuring out how to address the Indian/Native American actions in this book and still be culturally sensitive and not demeaning of that culture or their actions during a time when they felt threatened by white settlers, thus much of the fighting during that war. Brits were feeding them liquor and giving them munitions to create havoc, but it was usually just Indians doing the attacking. Is this book even possible in today's climate? It's a really cute true story about a group of Kentucky volunteers and their mascot, but it's the massacre that put it into action.
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