[These are links, books, products, apps, and other tools mentioned in my book Writing for the Educational Market. If you come across a bad link, please let me know. Also, if you know of an awesome resource that relates to a particular lesson that I might want to include, feel free to let me know that. Thanks!]
Indiebound (to buy books from indie booksellers)
Lesson 1: The Trade Market vs. the Educational Market
Lesson 2: Finding Publishers and Catalogs
Nancy Sanders website
Nancy Sanders’ blog
Lesson 3: Open Up Those Catalogs
Lesson 4: Topics You Hope to Write About
Lesson 5: Writing for Different Age Ranges
Lesson 6: The Introductory Packet
Lesson 7: The Cover Letter
Lesson 8: The Rest of the Introductory Packet
Lesson 9: Writing Clips or Samples
Lesson 10: Writing Samples from Scratch
Lesson 11: Proposals
Lesson 12: Get Feedback on Your Cover Letter
Lesson 13: Analyzing a Series
Oi—these are old videos from the very first online class I taught, so I share these with trepidation! But I do want you to have an option, so I will leave them live for now.
Series Analysis: Animals All Around
Series Analysis: Write Your Own
Series Analysis: Science Songs
Series Analysis: ABC Books
Lesson 14: Series Guidelines
Lesson 15: Readability Statistics
Lesson 16: Working With an Editor
Lesson 17: Researching Your Book
How Real Online Research Works (The original article is gone. But here’s a useful slide show by the same author!) (Thanks to Christine Layton for the curation help!)
Conducting Research, from Purdue University
Evaluating Online Resources, from UC-Berkeley
Lesson 18: Photo Research, Expert Consultants, Indices, and Permissions
Lesson 19: Assessment Writing
Freelance Writing (this service takes a cut of paid jobs)
Lesson 20: Fiction for Hire
Lesson 21: Money and Contracts
Let’s Make a Rainbow – $2,500 – will link once book is published
Playful Art – $1,700 – leveled reader – will link when published
SlimTimer is gone, and I now use Toggl.com, which is very similar
A little more about SlimTimer (The general principles are the same with Toggl)
Aimée Bissonette at Little Buffalo Law – Aimée is a successful children’s author and is not practicing law at the moment (2022)
Lesson 22: Schedules and Goals
Mentors for Rent – Lisa and I have dissolved Mentors for Rent. Lisa still does individual (fabulous!) critiques, and I still do some individual critiquing, too (only picture books). You can still visit this link to contact Lisa or to read the various blog posts we wrote over the years, though.
Resources for Nonfiction Writers
Writer in Progress Facebook Group — This is a paid, private Facebook Group I run for my Patreon supporters. My Patreon Group is $5/month, and I talk about writing poetry, picture books, and work-for-hire writing.
Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children’s Books: The Purple Crayon — website maintained by writer/editor Harold Underdown
Articles on writing nonfiction – Writer’s Digest articles about nonfiction (not children’s-writing specific)
Your library’s children’s librarian
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators – or SCBWI, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. 323-782-1010
AR Book Finder – You can put in almost any book title and get the exact word count, the reading level, etc.
Laura’s blog for educators, mostly — My blog, mostly geared toward educators
Vistaprint – Inexpensive business cards, promo postcards, etc.
EasyBib – A wonderful free online bibliography service!
Affiliate marketing transparency statement: In a continuing effort to cobble together a livable income, I have some affiliate accounts. Every time you see an Amazon link, that’s an affiliate link. That means if you click on the link and shop from there, I earn a tiny percent from Amazon. It does not change your cost at all. If you are able to buy books from indie booksellers (either in your neighborhood or online through indiebound.org), that is the best thing to do, and I encourage that! But if you do shop for books (or anything else, for that matter) on Amazon, I am greatly appreciative if you use one of my links as a starting point.
Thank you so much for your support if you do choose to use my links to start your shopping expeditions at Amazon!