Are you a published author living in, near, or visiting
the Cincinnati area June 26th, 2016?

This free event, offered by the Christian Booksellers Association in partnership with the Christian Authors Network, offers a career track for building up our published authors during the UNITE 2016 event in Cincinnati, Ohio.

If you need career help, inspiration, networking, and quality teaching to move forward then you’ll love this event. Register at the door. Click the article link below for more information. We look forward to pouring our experience and heart for the published author into your career.

See you soon in Cincinnati!

Angela Breidenbach, Christian Authors Network president

CAN hosts Author Boot Camp sessions

 

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CrystalBowman300-225x300Hello from Crystal Bowman! I’ve been writing for children for more than 20 years and am still learning the process because there is always more to know. I enjoy teaching and mentoring writers and prefer a positive instructional approach. I’d rather tell writers what to do rather than what not to do. But sometimes we can learn from our mistakes and even the mistakes of others. So this post is going to focus more on what not to do in order to keep your children’s story from landing in the slush pile. Read More →

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CrystalBowman300Hello from children’s author Crystal Bowman! I love the challenge of writing for children, and I love teaching other writers the craft of writing for children. In previous blogs I’ve talked about the many different genres of children’s literature as well as sharing tips on writing for children. Today I want to give you an inside look into how I got my most recent book published. Read More →

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CrystalBowman300Hello from Crystal Bowman!

In my twenty-plus years of writing for children, I have met many writers who want to write for children because they think it would be fun. Yes–it is fun, but far from easy. It’s a craft that needs to be mastered just like anything else. The more you know about writing for children, the harder it gets. It is very difficult to break into publishing with a children’s book, so the more you know, the more you increase your chances. In January I posted seven tips on writing for children. Today I am offering ten more.

 

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CrystalBowman300Hello from Crystal Bowman!

I have been writing books for children for over 20 years and have learned a few things along the way. Writing for children is much harder than most people realize. The challenge is to write an engaging, creative story using limited vocabulary and word count. Another thing to consider is naming your characters. The characters in a book may be animals or humans, but either way, they need names—and choosing the right name is important! Read More →

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