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Writing Resources November 15, 2010

Posted by Ronica Stromberg in Uncategorized.
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The Internet offers so much more free writing instruction and advice than what was available when I launched my career. It’s easy to get sidetracked by always reading and learning instead of writing and applying, but I’ve listed below some sites I’ve found helpful. Many offer free e-letters or blogs anyone can subscribe to. I’ve leaned more heavily toward my own interest, children’s writing, but other areas of specialty offer just as much information, if not more.











www.write4kids.com (www.cbiclubhouse.com)



I also belong to a few Yahoo groups and receive their discussions in digest. These are two of my favorites:



Two children’s writing newspapers I’ve subscribed to and learned from are Children’s Writer and Children’s Book Insider. And, of course, I’ve found helpful writing books and market guides too numerous to list.

Writing organizations, such as the Institute of Children’s Literature and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, produce their own magazines or newsletters and offer many services to writers. I’ve learned much at conferences and from local chapters of such groups.

If you’ve found another resource helpful, feel free to note it in a comment.


A Priest as Patron November 7, 2010

Posted by Ronica Stromberg in Uncategorized.
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As is true for other artists, writers sometimes develop patrons. They may (if they’re fortunate) catch the eye of a librarian, a teacher, a reviewer, or even an everyday reader, and that person will work on their behalf to increase sales and promote their writing.

I now have a priest as a patron.

Last summer, I’d heard this priest helps groups with fundraising. He’s very busy, but I caught up with him recently and told him about an idea I had of donating my author discount to a school or group that might want to sell my books as a fundraiser. I’m not Catholic, but Catholic schools and churches are some of my biggest supporters. As an author, I visit lots of schools, and Catholic schools always prove to be great experiences. I was thinking that my offer might benefit a school as well as get more of my books out there.

The priest responded to my offer by saying he wanted to buy $100 of my books. No discount. Full cost. He wanted to approach some schools and try to sell the books through his own channels. He said he may give some away as gifts.  He told me he likes helping people. Back in his school days, he was unable to sell even a premium chocolate candy bar, but now in mid-life, he enjoys selling.

I was flabbergasted. I tried to get him to at least take a discount on my books.

He said no, that this was just a start. Just a start?

I’m still flabbergasted.

I have a priest as a patron.

Wow. What a blessing!