Monday, November 5, 2007


I just got back from my critique group of professional Christian writers: Wordsmiths. What great feedback! Inspiring news from other members' successful contacts with editors! And lots of fun! The energy and friendship from this group really get me back on track with my writing each month as we share and discuss current writing and marketing trends while we critique each other's manuscripts. Right now, some of us are participating in the Alphabet Book Adventure. First we study the alphabet book market. Then we choose one publisher to target. Then we study that publisher's particular line of alphabet books. Then we prepare a query or manuscript to submit to that publisher. So far, it's working! One of our members has already been offered a contract. Another one has a publisher who requested more after receiving her query. Two of us are submitting alphabet-themed articles to magazines. Others have more alphabet ideas, too. Alphabet manuscripts are hot! And we're having a fun adventure together as a group exploring different themes and markets.

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