Get Published as a Children’s Historical Non-Fiction Writer

Are you an aspiring freelance author? Do you enjoy writing about a particular period in history, which fascinates or intrigues you? Did you know that the historical non-fiction market is open to freelance submissions? In fact, several children’s magazines are looking for talented freelance authors who can make history come alive. However, many children’s magazines are looking for articles that capture a child’s imagination.

History Sells

Right now, many editors are looking for well-written non-fiction articles about history. Additionally, each article must be fun and engaging, instead of boring like a textbook. Most editors will reject all articles that sound like page from a textbook. Furthermore, editors want historical articles, which are able to grab a child’s undivided attention. Most children want to read about characters and places they can relate and identify with.

However, you must remember to use the age appropriate vocabulary words. Additionally, you will need to define any technical and scientific terms that are included in your article. These historical articles should be informative, yet exciting and fun to read. Most editors want non-fiction articles that is engaging and interactive. However, try not to overwhelm your reader, with too many boring facts or dates. Most editors prefer historical articles about are about relatively unknown topics, which will capture the interest of children and their parents.

Market Research

Many magazines accept historical non-fiction, but you must read the magazine guidelines. Most editors automatically reject the articles,which do not follow their guidelines. Some magazines have their guidelines listed at their website or you may write the editor for a copy also. Look around you community for a book called, Magazine Market for Children’s Writers 2008 or Writer’s Market 2008. These book will allow you to find out, what the editors need for each magazine.

Furthermore, you can find several excellent resources on the internet and in local bookstores. These sites can help you strengthen your writing skills, while steering you in the right direction. Start by visiting , in order to find out what kind of articles each magazine is currently looking for. Additionally, look around the internet and other resources to find the higher paying markets. Remember to submit weekly, because it may take a few months for the editor to reply.

Sample Markets

Cobblestone Magazine

30 Grove St. Suite-C

Peterborough, NH, 03458

Editor: Meg Chorlian

Appleseeds Magazine

Cobblestone Publishing Company

30 Grove St.

Peterborough, NH, 03458

Editor: Susan Buckley

Submission Tips

Once your article is finished, take some extra time to prepare your submission correctly. Be sure to revise it several times and look for any mistakes that you may have overlooked. Now, it is time to work on creating the perfect query and cover letter, which depends on what the editor prefers. If you need help writing one, try to look for websites and resources tha will help you. Always visit the magazine’s website for the submission rules and guidelines. This way, you will know what kind of articles that each editor needs or wants, before you waste you time and money.

As an aspiring freelance author, you may need to create your own writing space at home. Furthermore, you will need to start stocking up on the supplies: like postage stamps, long envelopes, and printer paper. Next, look for ways to limit the interruptions and distractions, which you will face each day in your daily life. Sometimes getting up early or staying up late will help you concentrate better, in order to meet your writing goals. Remember to submit, at least one manuscript a week to different magazines that you have researched..

Paying Markets

The editor of Cobblestone magazine serves the 8- to 14-year-old market and they pay 20 to 25 cents a word. This same publishing company owns Appleseeds magazine, which serves the 7- to 14-year-old market and pays $50 a page. Check out these magazines websites, in order to learn more information about each editor’s needs. In addition, you will need to consult the writer’s guidelines for topics that the magazine’s editor is looking for.

Make sure you carefully read each magazine’s guidelines, before submitting your article or you may be rejected instantly. This will help you understand the magazine’s mission and the type of articles that each publisher wants from a new author. Most editors are looking for unique poetry, games, and activities about history that is aimed at children. With each submission, you will be building a lifelong portfolio of your best work. Additionally, you will be able to earn extra money and gain more experience, as a freelance children’s author.

Rejections Happen

Every author faces rejection and disappointment, so try not to fret when you receive one. Instead, use them to help mold your writing skills and submission skills. Watch out for mistakes, since editors will reject an article, which has more than five errors on a page. In addition, you may want to enroll in a children’s writing course to build your skills further. Thus, you may find lots of useful information, which you will help you build your career and your talent.

Remember to always use the rejection letter, as a guide to improve your writing and submission skills. However, you will need to put the article away and keep submitting other finished work. Once a month has passed, you will dust off the article and complete the revision process. Be sure to repeat each step, whenever you receive a new rejection letter in the mail. Perseverance will help you gain an editor’s eye and allow you to improve your chances of becoming a published children’s author.


Currently, the historical market is wide open and waiting for an author like you. In addition, there is plenty of money to make, as long as you can impress an editor, while you capture a child’s imagination. Now, start studying the current need of each magazine publisher and begin submitting soon. Just remember to set aside time each day, in order to pursue your writing career and goals. Therefore, you can earn steady money and become immortal in the hearts of all children.

Introducing a Hot and Steamy New Book….”Chat Rooms and Chat Lines!”

Chat Rooms and Chat Lines

This story is hot. It is funny. It is serious…..and it is real! (For readers 18 and older only.)

Author Divine Ortiz’s book titled, “Chatrooms & Chatlines” is a book that is sexy, humorous, yet sensual all at the same time. This book is a wonderful read for adults only!

This book is more descriptive and detailed than most romance genre books that you may be used too. However, this book is for readers who like romance, humor, and sensual writing.

Additionally, it is for readers who love steamy moments and erotic bliss throughout the entire book.

This talented author did an amazing job with showing the story, instead of telling it. He was able to create images in your mind, but he left room for you to let your own imagination run wild as well. This book is not to be considered a romance novel, because it reminded me of a popular book which I read recently named, “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James. So, with that said, read at your own risk, yet I believe you will enjoy the book as much as I did.

I loved the book because you get to follow the main character as he tries to develop relationships along the way, but not all of his dates or hook-ups goes as planned. Check out his book on Amazon Kindle.

(DISCLAIMER-This book for 18 years and older only, due to the sexual language and R-rated discussions found all throughout the book.)

The Author’s Snippet

“You have a message from……BEEEEEP!” Do you remember when the internet chat rooms were the place to be? The virtual world of internet dating chat rooms was where many went to get their freak on. Some chose the more direct route that was offered in the many by-the-minute phone chat lines that were advertised on BET after midnight, or on the back pages of the XXL magazine.”

If you can remember those days, then you can surely relate to this story. Divine is new to Atlanta, and even though he doesn’t know anyone, he knows from experience that the quickest way to meet women in any state is to jump in a chat room or to dial into a chat line. Travel with Divine as jumps in and out of chat rooms & chat lines……and relationships.

This story is hot. It is funny. It is serious…..and it is real!


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Objects Are Closer Than They Appear

Written by, Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz 

Mrs. Carol has done it again. What a wonderful yet exciting story that will keep you turning the pages, while wondering what is going to happen next. Without giving away any spoiler’s, Mrs. Carol’s book is full of mystery and surprises along the way. Personally, it felt as if i was on a thrill ride , yet hanging on to the edge of my seat wondering what each character’s were going to do next. I loved reading this book and so will you, especially if you like suspense and mysteries. 

The book is available by Kindle or as a printed version 

Snippet by Author:

Tammi Jean Cook is sixteen. She is also psychic. So when Tammi Jean hitches a ride from a long-haul trucker named Elvis P. Boone, she knows that when she reaches California she’s going to find her daddy . . . even though everyone claims he’s dead.

As they travel from the kudzu-choked fields of Alabama to the scenic hills of California, Tammi Jean and Elvis become friends as the miles click by on the Kenworth’s odometer. They also encounter people like a young woman fleeing for her life; an old Cherokee woman, who warns Tammi Jean of the risks in knowing anyone’s destiny; and a man with frightening plans for one innocent child’s future.

There’s also the Man-in-Black. Another long-haul trucker, he too is headed for California; and along the way he challenges Tammi Jean to explore the darker side of being psychic.

PS: I hope you enjoy the book as much as I have. Another Great read from Author Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz 

Dark Woods Trilogy: Three Tales of Terror…By, Carol Culver Rzadkiewicz

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Are you looking for a good mystery book to read? Look no further than this frightening set of three novelettes, which have been combined to save you money. You can purchase a printed copy or buy the Kindle version. She also has other books that you will love, if you are an avid reader like me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these books and I know you will too. Here is the Author’s own description of these three mysterious books.

The Books: The Dark Woods Trilogy includes The Dark Woods (a novelette), “The Runner” (a story), and Master of Fright (a novelette). While each tale is also sold separately, they have been combined in this volume with minor revisions from the originals.

Description: There’s something terrible in the woods behind the bucolic farm in the North Georgia Mountains. No one knows what it is, but each time the farm changes ownership, tragedy ensues. A local hunter is mauled beyond recognition. A young wife slowly descends into madness. A trained athlete dies a horrifying death. Now the farm has once again changed hands, and Sheriff Randal Hayes, with the help of big-game hunter Byron Wilkes, is determined to find–and to kill–the thing in the woods before it can destroy the new owner and his family. But how do you find something as elusive as the wind? How do you stop the unstoppable? 

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Immortal Dreams: By, Jennifer Sage


Captivating book! By, Jennifer Sage

Captivating book! By, Jennifer Sage

Isabel has had some very unusual experiences when it comes to men. In fact, they typically tend to steer completely clear of her. One lousy tornado and a few storms and she is dubbed ‘lighting girl’ by all. However, on the eve of her 22nd birthday things change literally, overnight.

When Isabel wakes up in a dream with a man not fit for human consumption she can’t believe it. And upon waking things go even more haywire. Never could she have imagined the world that she sees once the ‘blinders’ are off. Abandoned by the very person who sent these gifts to her to see the world for what it is, she is naturally skeptical of it all.

Her men problems before were laughable. Enter two of the most gorgeous creatures she had ever laid eyes upon. Add a curse and a requirement to pick one in the next 9 days. Make that nights, since she can only reach them in her dreams.

Oh, and it just so happens if she picks the wrong one then the veil between all the magical realms could be destroyed and create ultimate chaos and death. Both men want to seduce her and make her his, but only one will lead to restoring the realms, and her heart.

So heavy the burden, so great the stakes. Will she even survive the war that has already begun to rage between the worlds before her choice is made? There are the waking hours too, that are contending for her fate. And very little help is on her side….

**DISCLAIMER: This book is not intended for persons under the age 18 due to graphic violence, sex and language.**
PS: As a reader, I found this book captivating and well written. I feel in love with the characters immediately and began wanting to know what would happen to these characters I fell in love with. I loved how the book ended as well. I don’t want to spoil a good read, so I highly recommend reading this book!

The Most Marketable Skills in Today’s Ever-Changing Job Market

My Graduation in 2011

My Graduation in 2011

As a college graduate, you may find it difficult to find a job after your graduation. However, don’t be dismayed, because there are many ways you can showcase your talents and skills that you have learned in your college courses. Becoming versatile in your field of study is the most important skill for you to have, especially once you begin your endless array of job interviews. Be sure to sell yourself to each company that you come in contact with, but don’t over exaggerate your talents and skills.

First, you must be willing to change or shift your areas of interest, if you are unable to find a job in your main area of interest. For example, maybe you are a business graduate, but you may not be able to find a job in your field of study. Second, do your homework and find other areas of interest in the business field, like helping small businesses succeed or becoming a business consultant. Next, change your resume to reflect the skills that you have to offer a future employer.

Take the time to evaluate every job in your field of interest, so you can begin narrowing your skill set. This will help you become more appealing to a potential employer, but during your interview be willing to admit things that you may not know. For example, the potential employer may need someone who knows a certain program that you have never used. After the interview is over, look for classes that you can take and learn this new skill.

Now, you will be more appealing to the next potential employer that you come in contact with. Don’t give up! No matter how many rejections you receive, instead learn something that you can take away from each interview. Once you return home, analyze the interview in your mind and write down things that you think you may have done wrong. For example, talking to fast or not selling yourself correctly, because this can hurt your chances of landing the job that you have applied for.

Before your next interview, you will know what areas you will to work on and what areas you are strong in. This will make you a better candidate for the job that you are applying for, but if the employer recommends another job with less pay. Don’t be too quick to turn the other assignment down, since you can show them how valuable you are and you may receive a promotion. Sometimes, you have to start at the bottom and work your way up; however don’t forget to continue to remain versatile.

©2014, Crystal S. Kauffman

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About Crystal S. Kauffman

My Professional Accomplishments

Crystal S. Kauffman is a Freelance Copywriter, Published Author of three books. She is also a Poet, Business Communications, and Songwriter with over 15 years of experience. Her chosen pen name is Imogen Rayne, since she first thought of it in 1995.

She adopted the name full time in her writing career, until recently when she began using her given name. She has written brochures, press releases, fliers, web content, blogging, informational articles, journalism, built websites ( using templates), catalogs, letters, informational articles, personalized poetry for greeting cards, and so much more.

Mrs. Kauffman has over 500+ articles for online and offline clients. She is offering her freelance writing services to individuals and companies, who needs help writing quality business communications and marketing items.

Educational Accomplishments

Mrs. Kauffman took a writing course at the Institute of Children’s Literature where she earned a Writing for Children and Teenagers certificate. Then, she earned an Associate Degree in Business Arts (2006) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications (2011) with the University on Phoenix. Mrs. Kauffman has over 12 years of computer/internet/research experience/ MS Office/ MS Publisher.

Currently, she is looking forward to starting a new career in marketing, web content producer, writing for magazines, a columnist, a blogger, or a communication specialist, or whatever work is brought her way.

She loves building websites, brochures, fliers, as well as writing for her clients. Mrs. Kauffman loves to learn new things and helping her clients with all of their communication needs. If you need help with any freelance writing project, please contact Crystal for an estimate.

A Glimpse into My Life

Mrs. Kauffman also enjoys writing for children or young adults in her free time.  She is completely dedicated to making a difference with her freelance work, no matter where she is employed.

Furthermore, Mrs. Kauffman hopes to achieve more accomplishments and earn my place in the writing world…one communication or article at time!

Thankfully, she is a ten year cervical cancer survivor, whom is blessed with two wonderful children. She has been to a loving yet wonderful man for 8 years now and she is looking forward to a long life with him. Mrs. Kauffman enjoys writing something every day, even if it is just a blog, short story, or a poem.

My Volunteer Activities

Furthermore, Crystal founded the Laugh at Cancer Support Community which helps families who have been touch by cancer, whether directly or indirectly. The community creates and organizes different projects, which help patients who are in the hospital. Additionally, she works with nursing homes each year, because many patients don’t get regular visitors.

Mrs. Kauffman built two successful projects called Wings of Hope Project, which allows her to gather “Thinking of You” cards. These cards are distributed to various places, depending who the support group is working with this year.

The other project she created is called, Blankets of Hope Project, which allows her to gather Christmas cards and other small gifts. The gifts include throw blankets, stuff for adult, and toys for children. These gifts are distributed to the same place that we partner with during April during the Wings of Hope Project. Look for our support community on Facebook.

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Respectfully Yours,

Crystal S. Kauffman