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Dan Gutman Pitches a Book With a Rap Song

Have you ever tried to pitch your book using an unconventional method? Writer Dan Gutman recorded himself performing a rap song about a new project starring a musical dinosaur named “Rappy the Raptor“.

Thinking outside the box worked in Gutman’s favor; he signed a contract for a six-book deal with HarperCollins Children’s Books. The video embedded above features his “pitch” song—what do you think?

Artist Tim Bowers created the illustrations for Gutman’s picture book. The publishing house has scheduled a release date for April 21, 2015.

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Share Your Best Writing Tips at This Magazine for Scribes

The-Writer-Article3The Writer is known as the bible for those in the publishing world. The pub has been around since 1887 and as managing editor Aubrey Everett says, “Despite writing trends that may come and go, The Writer has always stuck firm to the commitment to provide readers with practical advice and tips on the craft of writing.”

With 60 to 70 percent of the pub freelance written, there are plenty of opportunities for both well-established and newbie writers. The mag features a host of regular features open to freelancers, including:

Off the Cuff – Share a personal essay about an aspect of being a writer in 1,000 words.
Poet to Poet – A section devoted to writing poetry. Pieces run about 500 to 750 words.
Writer at Work – A writer shares a story about a writing problem and how he or she overcame it. The 750- to 1,500-word section typically covers the fiction genre; it is only open to experienced writers.
Write Stuff – Compose reviews of books and other products that writers may be interested in. The magazine enlists experienced book reviewers for this column; reviews run 500 to 750 words and includes excerpts.

For more on how to get your articles published in this pub, read: How To Pitch: The Writer.

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Bring Your International Stories on Motherhood to Brain, Child Magazine

Brain, Child isn’t your typical parenting magazine. In it, you won’t find the top 10 summer activities for kids or a recipe for the best chocolate chip cookies. Instead, the literary magazine focuses on the issues of women and motherhood with perspectives that are parent focused rather than child-centric.

Every section of the mag is open to freelancers and, in particular, author and editor-in-chief Marcelle Soviero encourages international writers to pitch stories on parenting to offer a more unique perspective. As the magazine is comprised of up to 70 percent freelance content, Soviero, a former freelancer herself, considers writers the magazine’s “lifeblood.” She adds:

We’ve published well-known authors but also new authors. I’ve been that new author. I know what that’s like, and I always appreciated when magazines would take a chance on me. I like to do that for people, as well, as long as the work is excellent and meets our criteria.

For more information on what Brain, Child editors are looking for, read: How to Pitch: Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers.

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