Friday, Feb 10, 2012

Writing for Middlers

Children between the ages of eight and twelve are part of a group called the “Golden Age of Readers.”  This age group, referred to as “middle-grade readers” or “middlers,” is noted for voracious reading on a wide variety of subjects. As a result, the market for material for middlers is a vast one, both in fiction and non-fiction.

A good way to break into the children’s market is through a non-fiction piece. Children’s magazine editors are always looking for articles on a broad range of topics. Here are some tips to get your started:

  • Study several children’s magazines to determine their style and their content.
  • Choose those that seem like a good market for what you want to write.
  • Obtain a copy of the magazine’s guidelines. You can usually find them online.
  • Follow the editorial instructions and requirements.
  • Submit your piece.

In June of this year, I will be teaching two workshops on Writing for Children at the St. Davids Christian Writers’  Conference at Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.  For more details, click here.  It would be great to see you there!

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