you know how to use a pair of scissors and a glue stick, you can make
additional money as a writer. Crafting for kids is a major market, both in
print and on the internet. You can earn anywhere from $25 - $200 (US) per
project. Why not make use of your writer’s inborn creativity and add to your
income at the same time?
You do not have to be an artist, but you do need
to think like a kid. If you’re not sure what kids are "into" these days, take a
walk through your local toy store. You can also talk to your own kids, nieces,
nephews, and even neighborhood children. It won’t take long to discover what’s
"hot" and what’s not.
Once you have a feel for the topic, research
children’s and family publications. Look at what they publish and read their
guidelines. This will tell you what kinds of projects they specifically need. Once
you have found a match or two between your ideas and a publication’s needs, use the
following information to increase your chances of a sale.
As you develop your idea, think
multi-cultural. Many of today’s publications appreciate a brief history of
your project, along with directions.
As you write the directions, keep in mind
each individual step. Assume nothing. Directions need to be very specific
and you should use numbers instead of words (4, not four) for all
quantities. Make sure you use words kids can understand in a step-by-step
Materials should be listed in order of
Always read a copy of the publication
before writing your project up. Some publications prefer materials and
directions be listed separately, others prefer to have them written in
paragraph form. Obviously, providing a submission in an improper format
will not increase your chances of a sale.
Lucky for you, many, many publications
accept unsolicited submissions. They may require a photo or prototype of
your project and a brief description along with your letter of
introduction. Obviously, once they actually see your spectacular project
they won’t be able to turn it down.
How-to articles like these are not only easy to
put together, they are a lot of fun. So, if you’d like to take a break from
researching and interviewing, think about giving them a try. You may be glad you
About the Author:
Marie is the author of five books and has created
award-winning crafts for children. She also writes children’s poetry as well
as educational articles for parents, teachers, and writers. She can be
reached at MarieE2049@sbcglobal.net
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