Editors needed

Hi everyone,

Here’s a bulletin from Susan Tierney at Schoolwide Publishing.

Dear writers, instructors, editors, and friends,

The new digital classroom library at Schoolwide, where I’ve been Acquisitions Editor now for almost six months, is moving apace. I’m now looking for freelance editors, with the potential for a long-term contract, and possibly a permanent editing position down the line.

The work would be to review and rate the children’s manuscript submissions we receive, and/or take on editing of specific projects. We’re publishing everything from K-8 (and a little higher), fiction and nonfiction. We also have several editorial projects underway for the library that will need editors.

We’d prefer 20+ hours a week. We’d begin working on a monthly contract basis, say three months, and then evaluate on both sides and proceed from there.

If you, or anyone you know, has the experience and interest in working as an editor for a growing project, please have them contact me, and include a résumé.

Thanks very much!

Susan Tierney
Acquisitions and Development Editor
Schoolwide, Inc.

Cider Days

BULLETIN 2: A reminder about our new national Children’s Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt’s, blog called Poetry Minute. His plan is to post a poem each day. He began posting in September. It’s an ambitious undertaking. If you haven’t visited the site yet, here’s the link. http://www.poetryminute.org . I encourage you to leave comments of encouragement. This site will provide plenty of reading pleasure for poetry lovers and should be a great teaching tool in classrooms across America and beyond.

BULLETIN 1: By the time I left the Imagination Library booth at 3:30 on Saturday, we had registered about 90 new children to receive free books each month until their fifth birthday. If we can repeat that today, it will be a weekend well spent.

Hi everyone,

Saturday and Sunday are Cider Days 2013 in Springfield on the block of Walnut Street between John Q. Hammons Parkway and National Avenue. Thousands will attend. http://www.itsalldowntown.com/event/ciderdays.

The Imagination Library committee will be there with a booth to distribute information and sign up parents for the program. Imagination Library is Dolly Parton’s idea and it’s free to parents who register their children under five. Each month until the child turns five, he or she receives a free book in the mail. It’s a wonderful way to encourage children to love books and reading. http://usa.imaginationlibrary.com .

If you’re in the area, I hope to see you there. Our booth is #114 and I’ll be there on Saturday from 1:30 -3:30. It’s a beautiful weekend so come on out.


Over at Institute of Children’s Literature

Hi everyone,

My friend Veda Boyd Jones mentioned the other day that Susan Tierney at the Institute of Children’s Literature is interested in writing tips to post on their Facebook page. I sent a tip, which was posted this past week. Here’s the link. https://www.facebook.com/InstituteofChildrensLiterature
I sent her a second one so maybe it will go up too before long. If you haven’t visited that page, I think you’ll like it. Susan is working hard to make it a good resource.


Poetry challenge by Jane Heitman

Hi everyone,

Jane Heitman spotted this haiku challenge and passed it along for anyone who is feeling witty, erudite, and poetic at the same time. Looks tempting to me. I hope we have some takers. Seems to me that every children’s librarian in the country would sponsor a contest that combines reading and haiku-ing about favorite books.

David, Just ran across this and think it would be a fun challenge: http://www.hbook.com/2012/12/choosing-books/horn-book-magazine/book-request-haiku


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