Any serious writer will tell you that writing is not for the faint of heart, nor for the gregarious, those who need people around them all the time. It’s a solitary business, one that requires strict discipline and dogged application. But it is accompanied by great rewards when you see your work in print–on paper or on line–and hear people tell you how they love your character(s). There is also a deep satisfaction that comes from just having your thoughts written, your ideas expressed, your facts of life “out there”.

This morning, in one of the writing newsletters to which I subscribe (Children’s Writer Update), there was a short video presented by the president of CBI, John Bard. He gives five important steps required to prepare your written work for submission to a publisher or editor. I think the video is important enough to give you access to it and let you listen to John’s message. He gave permission to use the link, included here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16bSzJSPiAQ

For a wealth of information on writing for children and to access the newsletter and the site, go to http://www.write4kids.com.

Another newsletter I subscribe to is http://www.fundsforwriters.com. Every issue is packed with markets for grants, magazines, contests, book publishers and agents.

OK, now I’m going to get to work–to practice what I preach!