I’m trying to share more about the process/background for some of the nonfiction books I write, since I realized I was kind of neglecting them on my blog! Picture Yourself Writing Poetry came out last year from Capstone Press. It was really cool to write since?y’all know how much I love using?images to inspire poems–and that’s the premise of this entire book!??
This was a work-for-hire informational?book (for upper elementary kids), pretty typical of the books I write on assignment for educational publishers. I accepted the assignment in early June of 2010, and I was excited to be asked to write a book that so closely paralleled my own passions. The fee was $2,000, and I turned in my final revision in early September. The editing experience was great–the editor (Jen Besel) had suggestions that were totally doable and made the book stronger. Then in January of 2011, she sent me a pdf of the laid-out project for me to check over, and the book came out seven months later in August. It was just one of the work-for-hire experiences that was totally enjoyable from start to finish. And I love the thought that it’s helping teachers and kids create poetry!
To top it off, the book was named a 2012 Teachers’ Choice by the International Reading Association and a 2012 Book of Note by the TriState Young Adult Review Committee–yay! You can read reviews of it here.
If you’d like to learn more about writing informational books for educational publishers, check out this post or my textbook on the topic.
And be sure to go to?Hope Is the Word’s Nonfiction Monday roundup to learn about?lots of terrific nonfiction books!