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Teen Magazines October 30, 2010

Posted by Ronica Stromberg in Uncategorized.
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Teen magazines have been closing left and right during the past couple of years, and few of the remaining ones buy fiction. The industry realized that most teens who read fiction read books. Teens turn to magazines for nonfiction.

Or they turn to the Internet.

Looking at my sales over the years, I see this corroborated. I’ve sold many profiles and articles to teen magazines but few short stories. The magazines that bought my short stories sometimes published them on the Internet also, so the stories received double exposure (and sometimes double pay). I wondered at the time if the magazines might lose paid subscribers by providing stories free on the Internet. Those magazines are no longer in business, so that may be.

I’ve found it important as a freelance writer to be flexible. Markets come and go, and readers’ interests change. The whole publishing industry is going through a major transition. I try to keep abreast of it to stay relevant.

Accelerated Reader October 24, 2010

Posted by Ronica Stromberg in Uncategorized.
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I heard through the grapevine that my first published book, The Glass Inheritance, is in the process of becoming an Accelerated Reader. (The program is used in schools during reading classes. Students choose from Accelerated Reader books during reading time, and the classroom teacher can use the questions Accelerated Reader provides for the book to test students’ comprehension or recall.)

I had always thought my publisher, Royal Fireworks Press, would be a good fit with the Accelerated Reader program because it targets the educational market and doesn’t limit vocabulary in its books. Apparently, a media specialist in Iowa agreed because she nominated The Glass Inheritance for the program. She had purchased the book almost ten years ago and just got around to reading it. (I understand that as I sit here surrounded by bookshelves bowing at the middle.) She told a mutual acquaintance she liked the book so well she decided to make the book a reading option in her classroom and in the national AR program.

That made my day. It felt like a God thing. I hadn’t promoted this book in the longest while, but out of the blue, a reader came along and breathed new life into it. Word of mouth is wonderful.