Friday, September 25, 2015

2016 CWIM Giveaway Celebrating TWO! New Articles, Plus a Poem Excerpt for Poetry Friday


I'm back!
Carmela here. I've been on a blogging break for much of this year, busy working on other projects, both personal and professional. (I have continued behind-the-scenes as our TeachingAuthors blog administrator, though, so I haven't been completely out of touch.) Today, I'm back to celebrate the publication of two of my articles in the just-released 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market (also known as the CWIM) edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books).


At the end of this post, you'll have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win your very own copy of the 2016 CWIM (courtesy of Writer's Digest Books)!

Since today is Poetry Friday, I'll also be sharing a poem--an excerpt from Barney Saltzberg's new picture book Inside this Book (Are Three Books), published by Abrams Appleseed. One of my articles in the 2016 CWIM is an interview with Barney, who is an amazing author, illustrator, singer, and songwriter. More about him and his new book below.

First, I'd like to talk a little about my other article in the 2016 CWIM: "Make a Living as a Writer."
[My original title was "Making a Living Writing, Even If You’re Not a Bestselling Author" but I guess that was too long. :-) ]

For "Make a Living as a Writer," I invited four traditionally published trade book authors who are also successful freelancers to share their experiences and advice regarding ways to supplement book royalty income. The four authors included my fellow TeachingAuthor, JoAnn Early Macken, former TeachingAuthor, Laura Purdie Salas, author and writing coach, Lisa Bullard, and scientist-turned-children's author, Vijaya Bodach. The article includes their tips on landing work-for-hire assignments, balancing work-for-hire with other career goals, and preparing submission packages for educational publishers.

The four authors also shared specific resources for finding supplemental income, including:
Over the next few weeks, my fellow TeachingAuthors will continue the conversation on this topic by sharing their own advice related to finding supplemental income. And Laura Purdie Salas will return to post a special Guest Wednesday Writing Workout on September 30, called "Is Writing on Assignment Right for You?" If this topic is of interest to you, be sure to enter our giveaway so you can read more about how to "Make a Living as a Writer." 

Even if you're not looking for ways to supplement your writing income, you'll want your own copy of the 2016 CWIM for my interview with the amazing Barney Saltzberg, along with all the other helpful articles, interviews, and market information!

Barney Saltzberg, for those of you who may not know, is the author and/or illustrator of over FIFTY books. Back in January, April wrote a great post in honor of Beautiful Oops! Day, a day inspired by Barney's wonderful book, Beautiful Oops! (Workman Publishing). Since then, Barney has published three more books: The first two books in a new board book series from Workman Publishing, Redbird: Colors, Colors Everywhere and Redbird: Friends Come in Different Sizes, and the picture book Inside this Book (Are Three Books), published by Abrams Appleseed. Here's a brief description of Inside this Book:
"Inside This Book is a tribute to self-publishing in its most pure and endearing form. Three siblings create three books of their own using blank paper that they bind together (in descending sizes to match birth order). One sibling's work inspires the next, and so on, with each book's text and art mirroring the distinct interests and abilities of its creator. Upon completion of their works, the siblings put one book inside the other, creating a new book to be read and shared by all.
The second sibling in the book is named Fiona. She is "an artist and a poet," so her "book" is filled with poetry. In honor of Poetry Friday, here's an excerpt from Fiona's section of  Inside this Book.

            from Inside this Book, Too, by Fiona
            
            . . .  Can you tell I love to rhyme?
            I play with words all the time.
            I write a poem every day.
            My new favorite is “Who Wants to Play?” . . . 

 © Barney Saltzberg, used with permission, all rights reserved 

I've kept this excerpt short to inspire you to get Barney's book for yourself. After you've read it, you'll understand why the School Library Journal review of Inside this Book said:
 "Readers may well be empowered to write their very own stories or books." 
Be sure to check out today's Poetry Friday roundup over at the Poetry for Children blog AFTER you enter our giveaway drawing.

And now, for our giveaway info:

Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter to win your own copy of the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market , You may enter via 1, 2, or all 3 options.
If you choose option 2, you MUST leave a comment on TODAY'S blog post. If your name isn't part of your comment "identity," please include it in your comment for verification purposes!

(If you prefer, you may submit your comment via email to: teachingauthors [at] gmail [dot] com.)

Email subscribers: if you received this post via email, you can click on the Rafflecopter link at the end of this message to access the entry form.

The giveaway ends October 10 and is open to U.S. residents only.

Good luck and happy writing!
Carmela

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70 comments:

AllAboutTheMusic said...

Thanks for this blog! I've always enjoyed children's books and am interested in writing and getting published as a children's author.

Linda Baie said...

Hi Carmela, Nice to see you back, and congratulations on the article. Funny that I was just finding articles in my 2015 copy of this book. And I love Beautiful Oops!, will look for this new book by Barney Saltzberg. The coming posts sound good, too! Happy autumn!

Carmela Martino said...

Welcome, AllAboutTtheMusic.
Waving hello to you, Linda. ~~~ I LOVE all of Barney's books. I hope you enjoy INSIDE THIS BOOK.

Louann Mattes Brown said...

Thanks for sharing, I'll pass the info. on to members of my SCBWI-IL critique groups.

Jason Franz said...

Great info, thanks so much. My name is Jason and I love children's books and have a few ideas of picture books of my own!

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks, Louann, and welcome, Jason!

Bobbi Miller said...

Welcome back, Marti!! And, such a great post! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom!!

Possessky said...

This book would be a great addition to my collection

Buffy Silverman said...

Sounds like a very useful article, Carmela. And Inside This Book sounds charming.

Rosi said...

Congrats on your article in CWIM. I'm looking forward to reading it. I will be looking for Inside This Book. It looks pretty clever. Thanks for the post and the chance to win.

laurasalas said...

TWO articles in one edition of CWIM? Whee! I'm looking forward to reading your interview with Barney Saltzberg when I read through the entire CWIM. Congratulations!

Sylvia Vardell said...

Welcome back, Carmela, and thanks for sharing all these great resources. Congratulations on all YOUR contributions, too!

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks Bobbi, Possessky, and Buffy. Rosi, you're right, INSIDE THIS BOOK IS very clever and fun, too. I think children will really enjoy it.
I know, Laura, isn't it cool! Thanks again for your help with the article.
Thanks, Sylvia!

Carmela Martino said...

I forgot to say: good luck to everyone entering the giveaway!

Kristi Veitenheimer said...

So much packed into one post! Thank you, Teaching Authors, for sharing.

Carmela Martino said...

You're most welcome, Kristi. Thanks for stopping by!

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Cat Ami said...

What an interesting concept for a children's book! Looks like it would be the kind of book you discover something new with each read. Thank you for the recommendation and loads of good information.

Carmela Martino said...

You're most welcome, Cat Ami. Thanks for stopping by!

Katy Duffield said...

Congrats on the articles! I always enjoy reading this blog. Thanks!
~Katy Duffield

Cathy Ballou Mealey said...

Congratulations on the articles! Always great info packed into the CWIM. Good to think about ways to creatively diversify one's writing career.

Michele Blood said...

Loved this article and shared it on my Facebook page @ facebook.com/WritersOfNinetyMain

Unknown said...

Love this blog and all the articles. Keeps me informed and keeps me going.
Of course, I would love to win this book because my library doesn't carry it.
Thanks,
Sandie Vaisnoras

Wendy Martin - Art said...

I love learning about new markets. Thanks for the post and the chance to win CBWI 2016.

Carmela Martino said...

Katie and Sandie, so glad you find our blog helpful. Cathy, Michele, and Wendy, if you're new to us, I hope you'll return. Michele, thanks for helping to spread the word about the giveaway. A big thanks to all of you for making time to comment!

Evelyn said...

Congratulations, Carmela, on having 2 articles in CWIM! That's awesome. Thanks for linking to my website in the information. I like to be helpful to as many writers as possible, so I always appreciate it when people spread the word.

Carmela Martino said...

Your website is a GREAT resource, Evelyn. Thanks so much for keeping it updated with so much helpful info. And thanks for stopping by.

Sara and David said...

What a great site!! So excited to have found it!

Jane Heitman Healy said...

I love this site for the great information it contains! The tips and introduction to books & authors I wouldn't know about otherwise are valuable to me. Thank you all!

betha317 said...

Great Information! Thanks so much for this series. Looking forward to more.

Teresa Robeson said...

I don't always have time to read every post here but the ones I do read are always helpful. Thank you for the giveaway and congratulations!

Keri said...

Congrats on the articles in *the Bible* of children's publishing. I've combed through many an edition!

Kari Benjamin said...

This is great! Love the info. Can't wait to read the book.

JB Young said...

I love these books. Looking forward to this one!

Elizabeth Callahan said...

Thanks for the post! I am to read the links now...there is lots of great,helpful information here for a writer wanting to branch out!

Elizabeth Callahan said...

Thanks for the post! I am to read the links now...there is lots of great,helpful information here for a writer wanting to branch out!

Carmela Martino said...

Sara and David, we're glad you found us, too!
Jane and Teresa, we're happy to know you find our site helpful.
Betha317, hope you enjoy the rest of the series.
Thanks for the congratulations, Keri.
Kari, JB, and Elizabeth, thanks for taking time to comment.

Linda A. said...

I heard about this post at Laura Purdie Salas' blog. Writers Market helped me find my first sale. A great resource.

Dena BatchofBooks said...

This is such a great resource to have. Thanks for the giveaway!
Dena @ Batch of Books

Fernanda Valentino said...

Thanks for a great edition of TA! Love reading the insights and helpful information
:-)

Carmela Martino said...

Welcome, Linda! Thanks for stopping by.
Dena and Fernanda, you're most welcome. Thanks for the feedback!

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes said...

Hi Carmela. Sorry so late to your post, but it's great to see you back on the Poetry Friday dance floor! I look forward to reading both of your articles. :)

Kaylea said...

Thanks for the roundup of interesting links and goodies -- I am putting "Inside This Book" on my shopping list!

Peggy said...

Congratulations, Carmela! and thanks for all the great links and info.

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks, Michelle.
Kaylea, so happy to know you'll be checking out Barney's book.
Thanks, Peggy. Hope you find the info helpful!

Rebecca C said...

I've found it impossible to make a living as a writer so far, so I'm very interested in reading your article and the forthcoming posts on Teaching Authors. Thanks, Carmela!

Carmela Martino said...

Rebecca, if you haven't read our two subsequent posts from Esther and Laura Purdie Salas, I hope you will soon. And I hope you find them helpful.

McMarshall said...

Thank you for the amazing links and information. Excited about give-a-way as well.

Claire Lordon said...

I'm excited to find another great blog to follow. Great article and great information as well. Thanks for the information on finding supplemental income too!

Patricia Toht said...

Welcome back, Carmela! Thanks for a terrific post

AnimalAuthor said...

Appreciate the giveaway and happy publishing, everyone!
Peaceful wishes,

Nancy Furstinger
www.nancyfurstinger.com

JEN Garrett said...

What an awesome post! And the article in the book sounds amazing too.

Barbara Ann Mojica said...

Thanks for introducing me to your blog. As a retired educator, and now a children's book author, we have much in common to discuss. http://littlemisshistory.com

Carmela Martino said...

McMarshall, thanks for stopping by.
Claire, we so happy you found us!
Waving Hi to you, Patty. ~~~
Hello, Nancy, JEN, and Barbara. Welcome to our blog!

Heidi Mordhorst said...

Wow--as much as I love classroom teaching, I'm hoping there will come a day when I can earn a living as a writer. When it comes, I'll be back to make use of all this precious information, and I'd love to win an updated copy of CWIM. Mine is tellingly outdated....

wibberleythewordsmith said...

I just found your wonderful Blog. Looking forward
to searching through your archives.
Thanks for sharing with us.

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Pauline Tso said...

I took a couple of classes with Barney many years ago - not only talented, he's a great person too!

Joanna said...

Love this book within a book within a book concept and the love of books it embodies. Thanks for the chance to win the most recent copy of CWIM!

Mrs Beckerling said...

Just found this blog - really interesting article. I look forward to reading more posts! I am an illustrator starting out in South Africa, so I am sure I will find this site useful. Holding thumbs for the competition.

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Deborah Fletcher Blum said...

This was such an interesting, helpful, not to mention entertaining post. Thank you so much, from Deborah Fletcher Blum, coordinator SCBWI Hollywood Mingle (formerly Schmooze) meeting monthly at the LAPL Fairfax Branch.

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for stopping by, Heidi! Good luck to you, and to everyone else entering the giveaway.

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Carmela Martino said...

bberleythewordsmith, so glad you found our blog!

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Pauline--I agree about Barney being a GREAT person. He was very generous in his responses to my interview questions.

Joanna, so glad you enjoy the concept behind Barney's new book.

Mrs Beckerling, I'm so glad you found us. I hope you find the blog helpful. If you're in South Africa and entering the giveaway, please remember that you need to have a US mailing address to qualify.

Deborah, so glad you enjoyed the post. A big shout-out to all our fellow SCBWI members in the SCBWI Hollywood Mingle!

Deborah Lubbert said...

Thanks for sharing!

Carla Killough McClafferty said...

Welcome back, Marti. Thanks for this article and for all you do.

Carmela Martino said...

Hi Deborah ~~~ Thanks for stopping by.
Welcome back to you, Carla. Hope you had a great trip!

Ed DeCaria said...

Congrats on having two articles in the book, and thanks for sharing these excerpts today. That's a good lineup you've assembled for "Make a Living as a Writer". It's been a few years since I bought a CWIM book. Winning one might be nice! :) -Ed

Lois said...

I am so grateful for all of the information that you share so generously! It has helped me so much, and it keeps me writing.
Thank you!

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for stopping by, Ed and Lois. I wish we could give copies to everyone who entered!