If at first you don’t succeed…

…what ever you do, don’t give up! This morning I received some lovely news. A magazine in which I’ve been longing to appear accepted a poem to be published in their Winter Issue (Christmas because they are in the northern hemisphere). I have been submitting poems to this particular magazine since 2015 – 18 poems […]

If I Were a Poet…

  If I were a poet I wonder if I could write lots of poems that spread wings and fly   Well that’s exactly what one of my poems has done. The very first poem that I wrote specifically for children, If I Were a Giant, has flown the coop and landed not only in […]

Poetry Friday – a Zeno poem

  What is a Zeno poem? The zeno form was invented by J. Patrick Lewis.  The syllable count is a mathematical sequence, 8,4,2,1,4,2,1,4,2,1 with the one syllable words rhyming. I’d never heard of a Zeno poem until today and I have to say I quite like it. In fact I like it a lot. So […]

POETRY FRIDAY

I’ve been meaning to join in on #poetryfriday for ages and thanks to this post on Renée LaTulippe’s blog I now know how to do it so thanks for that Renée.   When I went to Christie’s blog, Wondering and Wandering – I was delighted to see that her blog title was “Birds of a […]

50% off first hour’s edit

To warm up your Winter Writing – Jackie’s Rhyming Manuscript Editing Service is offering 50% off your first hour’s edit for the entire month of JUNE. Normally $45, for JUNE only you can get your first hour for only $22.50 – you’ll also receive a FREE copy of her Rhyme Like the Experts book. So […]

ASK DIANNE: Rhyming Picture Books

Originally posted on Writing and Illustrating:
Q:  When I go to the bookstore or library for market research, I see a lot of rhyming picture books on the shelves.  Kids love picture books that rhyme, obviously.  But a lot of editors and agents say that they don’t want rhyming picture book submissions from writers.  Why?…

Second book syndrome

How many of us, after publishing our first book, felt, after more than enough rejections, that that was it? Well I certainly did. I comforted myself with talk such as – oh well, that was nice while it lasted, at least I got one book published, at least this, at least that……But if I’m honest, […]

Jackie’s Annual Poetry/Stories in Verse Competition is now open…

It’s that time again – but this time Summer is in the air and what better way to celebrate than with a Xmas Competition… Running from 15th November to 15th January 2017     Unpublished Never edited by yours truly Any theme Must be written in rhyme and meter A poem captures a moment (usually shorter) A verse […]

One Minute Till Bedtime – Blog Tour/Celebration

Welcome to our online celebration of Kenn Nesbitt’s beautiful collection of poems written by 65 poets from all around the world. Below you will find a display of some of the poems that didn’t make it into the anthology. I thought this might be a fun way to showcase some well loved rejections while also […]