Jen’s Writing Tips #2 – Come in With a Bang!


NO! Don’t do it!

Okay, now that I have your attention, what were you thinking when you read that line above?
No, what? Don’t do what? Why? What does that have to do with the title?

When you approach an editor with your manuscript you want it to stand out above the others. Open with a bang to grab that editor’s attention. Remember the key is to get their attention so they’ll want to read more. A great way to do this is opening with lines filled with emotion, as done above. Maybe the line you use is suspenseful. Maybe it asks a curious science question. All these should grab the editor’s attention and they will want to read more.

Once you’ve gotten that far, it’s up to you to follow through. Keep that story interesting. Make that article answer fun questions or provide amazing facts. If you make your manuscript stand out, you have a good chance of keeping the editor’s attention. And that is definitely a great start.

Jen’s Writing Tips


I’m starting a new series on my blog called Jen’s Writing Tips. I am still learning along with all the other authors, as we all are constantly learning and growing. The purpose is to help others achieve their writing goals. Each post in the series will hopefully give you something to think about on your next project. Enjoy and good luck! Feel free to leave a comment after any of the posts. Readers may appreciate the feedback.

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Submissions for My LIght Magazine

ATTENTION AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS!!

We are in need of stories and articles for January asap. The earlier the better so I can give our illustrators time to work on the project.

Also- illustrators – if you have time or are willing to work on a short deadline this month e-mail me asap and let me know what you prefer to do: story, article, poetry, designs to perk up stories, etc.

In addition – we are now accepting submissions in every category for our February, March APril and May issues. The categories include: stories, articles, poems, puzzles, arts and crafts, recipes, profiles on saints (which will be up year-round)

PLEASE BE SURE TO SEND ALL SUBS IN AN ATTACHMENT,with category and age group in the subject line ( this helps us with our organizing). Send subs to our assistant editor:

jaclyn morales
jaclynmorales@mylightmagazine.com

Any further questions contact Jaclyn or

Jennifer
editor@mylightmagazine.com

Or feel free to post a question in the My Light Group if you think others will benefit. www.groups.yahoo.com/group/mylight

As always, thanks for your help!

Jennifer Gladen
Editor,
My Light Magazine
http://mylightmagazine.com

My Light Magazine: October 2008

Check out the newest issue of My Light Magazine at http://mylightmagazine.com/ . The October 2008 issue is packed with information about St. Francis of Assisi. There’s a puzzle about him, an article, a story and even some Paper Dolls by Candace J. Hardy. Diane Smit did a great job on her retelling of the Bible story: Jesus Blesses Children.
There’s so much fun packed in this issue. So go ahead over and take a look! Don’t forget to stop at the comments page to tell us about your visit.
Contributors:
Be sure to check out our Current Needs page. I have specific ideas listed on what I’d like to see in November, December, January and February.
Enjoy the issue!

New Clues in the SFC Mystery!

Okay, so I opened my e-mail this morning to find two more clues to the SFC Magazine’s mystery. In case you missed it here it goes:

“Find out WHO the BEST-KEPT SECRET FEATURED GUEST is at Stories for Children Magazine on September 1st:
http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org/

TWO MORE HINTS ABOUT SFC’S FEATURED GUEST:

1) THIS PERSON COMMANDED MANY PLANES TO LAND AND TAKE OFF.

2) THIS PERSON HAS MUCH TO TEACH CHILDREN AND ADULTS ALIKE.

More hints to follow in a few days…:-)”

I have to admit – they’ve got me!. I guess I’ll have to wait a week and see who it is. Good luck everyone!

Follow the Clues at SFC!!

A little bird visited my inbox this morning and gave me some exciting news. There’s a mystery going on at Stories for Children Magazine! It’s not your typical mystery. It’s more like a challenge – a challenge to see if you can figure out who their next guest will be.

Here’s the info revealed to me:

MARK YOUR CALENDARS … For a September First visit to Stories for Children Magazine and check out what the BUZZ is all about regarding September’s FEATURED GUEST – go to: http://storiesforchildrenmagazine.org First HINT About SFC’s MYSTERY FEATURED GUEST FOR SEPT: This person co-authored a Children’s Fiction Story based on a true story for our September issue. More clues to follow in a few days. :-)”

I wonder who it could be… More clues, SFC! More clues!