I am now officially over the 2000 mark for # of articles I’ve written (and had accepted for publication). Whew!! Not sure what my count is for articles I’ve written & not had published. Not sure I want to find out either. But I am now at that point in my career where they are coming to me rather than me going to beg. Yay!
But it also means I’m also asked to do a lot of articles for educational databases, for school reading books, for high profile people/companies who want people to think they wrote the articles, and for other cool things that give me no byline. You know what? I don’t really care. I enjoy the research for the nonfiction ones and love coming up with fun and enjoyable reads for the fiction ones. And I’m getting paid.
Is a byline really that big a deal? For me, not really. A greater joy would be to know that one or two kids liked reading what I wrote or learned something new. And I always try to throw in one cool and totally unusual fact that I don’t think they’ll learn anywhere else.
And I have plenty of publishing credits in mags such as Highlights for Children, Junior Trails, Clubhouse, On the Line, Whispers from Heaven, Women Alive, School Library Journal, First Teacher, and other national publications. And I also have a few articles online…
- Encouraging a Shy Preschooler to Participate
- Preschoolers Need Structure … or Don’t They?
- Does Your Preschooler Have a Developmental Delay?
- Computers in Preschool: Hurting or Helping?
- Building Self-Esteem in Preschool
- Preschool Fears and How to Address Them
And in SCBWI Carolinas Pen & Palette
- Notes from the Front Line (p. 7)