Want to write for kids and get published? At the Write2Ignite! Conference, Author and Freelance Editor Vicki Moss gave attendees some tips for writing for the kids' Christian magazine market.
Hot tip #1: Editors crave articles written for boys and/or with a boy character. Since most writers are female, most stories they receive are naturally written from a girls' perspective.
Hot tip #2: Get ahead of the game. Instead of just looking at their theme list online for each magazine, write the editor and request a theme list. Many publication wedsites are outdated or don't show many of the themes in advance.
Hot tip #3: Learn how to write humor, where appropriate. Kids (and editors) love humor. And good humor writing isn't easily found.
Hot tip #4: Target Clubhouse, Clubhouse Jr and Fun for Kidz. (Boys' Quest and Hopscotch are no longer published.)
Hot tip #5: Study several issues of each publication so you know their style and voice.
Hot tip #6: Kids' magazines LOVE stories written in rhyme!
Never a Duh Moment
Sometimes I feel like I am in God's way. For example, if I forget an appointment or miss a deadline. Or when I place great expectations on myself and fall short. Or when I get lost because my sense of direction falters 98 percent of the time.