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Writers' Rumpus blog & 2 writer-themed giveaways

Started by Marianne Knowles Sep 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, I just joined Mom Bloggers. I manage a group blog, Writers' Rumpus, with a focus on writing and illustrating for…Continue

Tags: critique, Rafflecopter, giveaway, books, picture

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway

Started by Cynthia Tolbert-Wilson Mar 30, 2013. 0 Replies

By this time of the year, we are more than ready for the tilting of the Earth that heralds the spring equinox and better weather. It’s a promise that summer will soon be here.…Continue

Writing & The Road to Publishing

Started by Shana Johnson. Last reply by Rhonda Fischer Jan 2, 2013. 5 Replies

Hi Moms,I own a independent book publishing company and I was thinking about starting some video online sessions or a video online writing group for those who are writing and want some input or want…Continue

Join Nikki Mark, Children's Book Author on Facebook and Twitter

Started by Prerna Malik. Last reply by Emma Kaufmann Mar 13, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi, I am the Social Media Manager for Nikki Mark, author of the popular kids’ book for working moms, Mommy Brings Home the Bacon. We’d love to…Continue

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Comment by Margot Finke on April 22, 2011 at 5:03pm

Great news Karen.  You are going places, mate!!

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Kids Books With a WOW Factor!


Comment by Margot Finke on April 22, 2011 at 5:02pm

Deanna, I have been a member of the same  critique group for well over 10 years.  We all write YA or MG books - no picture books.  I have another group for that.   I think for you,  a group that specialized in fantasy would work well.  And sometimes being in a lot of crit groups takes too much of your time and can be confusing when you receive conflicting advice.

The best idea is to shop around and try a few different groups.  Then settle on the one that fits your personality and writing style the best.  Look for groups that have at least several advanced or published members, so you can pick their brains and learn what publishers are looking for.  Too many beginners together,  tend to end up like the blind leading the blind.


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Kids Books With a WOW Factor!
Comment by Deana Barnhart on April 22, 2011 at 12:10pm
Thanks Karen!  I returned the favor:)  Congrats on your book, I'll bet you are thrilled!
Comment by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on April 22, 2011 at 10:40am



I have a middle grade fantasy coming out in June. I love writing fantasy. I stopped by your site, left a comment, and followed your blog!


Karen Cioffi Writing for Children and More

Comment by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on April 22, 2011 at 10:30am



I have two grandsons, 2 and 5, and know exactly what you mean. Funny post, thanks for sharing.

Comment by Deana Barnhart on April 22, 2011 at 9:22am

THanks Margot!

I love hearing things like that.  This is actually the second ms I've written but the first was just to prove I could do I think.  Now I am really working at it.


I also agree with the critique group.  I would join except I am already a member of three small ones and I don't know that I could do another...I wish because I love as much help as I can get with my writing.

Comment by Margot Finke on April 21, 2011 at 10:14pm

Keep at it, mate.  It is writers who stick with it that eventually become published authors.

You know, if some of you here are serious about writing, you could join together and form a private critique group.  Feedback from other writers is a great way to prune out weaknesses and beef up characters.  And the support from other writers is a great plus.

I do suggest that picture book writers stick together.  Writing them is a whole other game from YA and MG.  Think about it. 


Kid's Books With a WOW Factor!

Manuscript Critiques –
Comment by Deana Barnhart on April 21, 2011 at 9:37pm
Still in the writing stage.  About 2/3 of the way through.
Comment by Margot Finke on April 21, 2011 at 7:10pm

Wow Deana.  It sounds thrilling.  Are you still in the writing stage, or are you polishing it up for publication?

Margot’s Magic Carpet
Kids Books With a WOW Factor!


Comment by Peryl Manning on April 21, 2011 at 6:41pm
Margot - thanks again, you are so supportive, I totally appreciate you!!

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