Interested in Writing a Children’s Book?


Writing a Children’s Book

This interactive workshop will cover:
* 6 Common myths about writing children’s books.
* Does my book include all the elements of good story telling?
* Who is my customer?
* Writing for children while appealing to parents.
Upon completion of the workshop participants will receive a copy of Bobbi’s PowerPoint presentation on writing for children and a signed copy of her multi-award winning book, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog.
Course Schedule: Feb 3, 2014 –Mar. 7, 2014

Bobbi Carducci’s book for young readers, Storee Wryter Gets a Dog, received a Gold Mom’s Choice Award, a Bronze Living Now Award, and was named A Best Dog Book for Young Readers by Cesar Milan, TV’s The Dog Whisperer.
She is a multi-award winning short story writer and a former senior staff writer for a small Washington, D.C. area newspaper.
Bobbi was honored to be the luncheon keynote speaker at the 26th annual Pennwriters Conference in May 2013. She serves on the Pennwriters board of directors as the Area 7 Representative.
Bobbi is also known as The Imperfect Caregiver on her blog of the same name, written to support women and men caring for loves ones at home.

Contact info:

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If you are thinking about writing a nonfiction book, you need to consider more than the manuscript. Unlike fiction works, which should be complete before submission, nonfiction books are generally sold through proposals. The proposal presents a strong case for your book idea and will have a publisher take you seriously. In addition, developing a proposal will help you stay focused on the book’s topic and the market for which it is intended. How to Write a Book Proposal by Michael Larsen is one of the best books I have read on this subject.
Book proposals contain specific information arranged in an easy-to-read format. Some publishers have their own standard company proposal templates, which they send to the author. A typical nonfiction book proposal consists of four main parts: Overview of the Book, Sales and Marketing Strategies, About the Author, and an Outline and Overview of the chapters. These main sections contain subsections, resulting in a proposal that is several pages in length. My typical proposal runs between 18-22 pages.
The main sections of a proposal include the following:

Title Page
• Introduction/Overview
• Outstanding Features
• Market
• Competitive Books
• Complementary Books
• Author Promotion
• About the Author
Table of Contents
• Overview of Chapters

Title Page. Center the title and the author’s name. Type the author’s contact information in the lower left corner.

Introduction/overview. Describe the book’s (1) main subject area, (2) contents, and (3) page count. State whether the book will be part of a series. Answer the following questions in the introduction/overview:
• What is the book about? (3-4 sentences)
• Why is the topic important?
• What will the book’s angle be?
• What makes you the best person to write the book?
• What outstanding features make this book different from others on the market?

Market. Describe the market and audience for this book.

Competing and Complementary Books. Make a list of books that compete with yours and those that complement it. Give a sentence or two about your reasoning.

Author Promotion. Describe what you will do to personally promote the book.

About the Author. Detail your background, including your academic and professional background as it relates to the book, your publications, and your writing-related activities (e.g., member or officer in a writing group)

Table of Contents. Type a table of contents.

Overview of Chapters. Give a page or so overview per chapter.

Writing a proposal is a lengthy but necessary procedure if you want to increase your chances for success.

Carol Silvis is the President of Pennwriters and the author of Job Hunting After 50,  available on

Why Attend a Writers’ Conference? by Deanna R. Adams

With all the buzz right now about the upcoming Pennwriters’ Conference (of which I’m proud to be a presenter), I thought this is an opportune time to address the importance of writers’ conferences and workshops—whether you’re a novice, or an established, published writer.
Of course, if you’re relatively new to the business—and make no mistake, it is a business—attending writers’ conferences is essential. Why? Oh, let me count just some of the ways:
• Network with Like-Minded Souls: Writing is such a solitary activity. As we sit alone with our keyboards (save for the cat on our lap) searching constantly for the right words, sweating over awkward sentences, and wondering why we’re in this crazy business (except that we love it!), we need to be with people who understand. Not merely for the camaraderie, but also to learn from each other. To make new friends who love the written word as much as we do. To bask in one another’s successes, or offer words of encouragement after that dreaded rejection. One thing about writers, we are a wonderfully supportive bunch.
• To meet professional writers, authors, editors, agents—all from whom we can draw inspiration, education, and connections. Who knows? Perhaps one of them will be the perfect source when it comes time to submit our work.
• To keep up with what’s happening in the industry. I recently attended the Las Vegas Writers’ Conference and learned the latest on Social Media, Creating a Digital/Online Media Kit, and other topics I needed to brush up on. As much as I began this decade kicking and screaming into the 21st century, I now marvel at all the new opportunities available for us writers. And yes, I am also happily certain there will still be printed books in the future. (See my last blog).
Let me add a phrase I heard often growing up: “You are who you associate with.” Well, real writers tend to hang out with each other, and a conference is simply the best way to meet a lot of them all in one place.
Now you may think that you cannot afford to attend these wonderful events because of today’s economy, gas prices, and your own dwindling bank accounts. Believe me, there is not a writer among us who doesn’t know the sacrifices we make for our prose.
So here’s an idea. Let me borrow from financial expert, Suze Orman, and say, “Pay yourself first.” Even if you tuck away $10 a week, that’s $40 a month. If there’s a conference or workshop coming up in six months that you want to attend, you’ll have $240 by that time, and even if that doesn’t cover the entire cost, it will surely be a big chunk of it. I admit to using my credit card to pay the balance for a more expensive conference (especially when I have to travel, say, to Vegas) but I know I’ll get it paid off, and that everything I get out of a conference will more than pay for itself when it comes to building my career.
And let’s not forget the tax write-off. . . .
So with all that said, I hope to see each one of you at the 24th annual Pennwriters’ Conference!
I’m looking forward to meeting new writer friends!

I’m Registered for the Conference

I hope you are too. I’ll be looking to meet as many members of Area 7 as possible.  If you see me, please introduce yourself. I won’t be hard to miss.

On April 9th I will become a member of The Knights of the Bald Table, as a volunteer shavee at  the St. Baldrick’s fundraiser in Dulles, VA.

That’s right. I have agreed to have my head shaved to raise money to fund cancer research for diseases affecting children. To learn more about the event click here.

Not only am I able to honor my mother and help sick kids but I will have a great story to tell as well. 

Nate Hardy Offering Marketing Class for Writers



Pennwriters Inc. Introduces…

MARKETING MADE EASY FOR WRITERS: Bestseller Strategies To Optimize Your Promotions

INSTRUCTOR: Nate Hardy, Marketing Coach
DATE: June 1 – July 2, 2010


Want to discover tested tools and tips to increase your audience and platform for your books, writing, and websites? Do it now, and use your free summer time to put it in place. Get over a month of in-depth instruction to easily identify your audience, increase your visibility, and launch more effective marketing campaigns–both online and offline.

You will learn proven strategies that will save you time and money, including the Promotion Pyramid and Know Your APCs approach to marketing–which can all be boiled down to just one sheet of paper! Stop spending too many hours on marketing with too few results. Get feedback and evaluations of your website/blog, including an in-course website contest. (Don’t have one? Make this course your motivation to start one.) You will be taught how to:

* Brand yourself & identify your competitive advantages
* Rules-of-thumb to make marketing easy & enjoyable
* Increase customers & website traffic
* Improve response rates to your marketing
* Find the right hot buttons to push for your audience
* Conduct target marketing, social networking, SEO & virtual blog tours
* Prioritize your promotions to get more with less

As an added bonus, attendees receive a FREE 100+ page Marketing e-book! Filled with templates for marketing tracking, sales forecasting, strategy, press releases and more, the e-book alone is worth the course.

“Nate Hardy’s class on Marketing for Writers is an excellent choice for writers at any level. Like most writers, I find marketing a mystery, but Nate’s class leads the participant step by step through the whys and wherefores of marketing. Nate also does a great job of providing personal attention to each participant. Highly recommended!”
– Marta Perry
Author of the Pleasant Valley Amish series from Berkley Books

“The word marketing was Latin to me until I took the course. Although the coach provided months of useful tips, tricks, and tools, he gave takeaways I could use immediately with results. The course was easy to follow and answered all my questions in detail.”
– Madhu B. Wangu

“The course gave me ideas to find the markets I want to target. Through the course lessons, I learned new ways to increase traffic to my website. I highly recommend.”
– Doris Dumrauf
“Birds with Personality”

“I took Nate Hardy’s online marketing course last summer and found it incredibly helpful. Most writers concentrate on writing alone and do not realize that marketing your work is as important as writing it. The course was concise, helpful and inspiring.”
– Walter P. Honsinger

“Gave me a great approach for figuring out how to reach my audience. Thank you!”
– customer from Texas

“Loved the APCs. …a boon to my small editing and formatting business.”
– customer from Pennsylvania

Pennwriters Online Courses have high satisfaction scores and repeat customer rates—read more of our testimonials!

Take the marketing course people are talking about and discover new methods to increase your audience. Join like-minded authors and raise your writing career to the bestseller level. LIMITED CLASS SIZE. Enroll now.

* Get this course FREE if you win the in-course website contest!


With 20 years experience in marketing and publishing, Nate Hardy is the founder of Plus Sign Business & Life Coaching. Prior to launching his company, he helped a start-up pre-IPO corporation grow to a $20+ million consultancy in 4 years. He manages several websites on business, human behavior, inspiration, and motivation–gaining a Google PageRank of 4 in only a few short months. A member of the American Marketing Association and Philadelphia area Chamber of Commerce, he has authored papers for the leading publications and organizations of the industry. He is a former Tribune newspaper journalist and award-winning published writer of over 100 fiction and nonfiction works. In addition to being the Chair of Internet Activities and the Online Courses service for Pennwriters, he served as an assistant editor, advertising manager, and in other capacities for various publishers. Visit his website at