Author Archives: Laura Purdie Salas

About Laura Purdie Salas

children's writer, poet, reader, visiting author, speaker/teacher, mentor, copyeditor, freelance writer

Quotation Inspiration: Writer’s Block

I know lots of writers who suffer from writer’s block. I like Barbara Poelle’s creativity prompts in the Oct 2018 Writer’s Digest, including: “Take your favorite antagonist in any film or novel and write a scene where they are the … Continue reading

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My Week: Following Up on Submissions [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

Hi, writers! This week’s audio update about my writing life is LIVE! If you’re interested, please hop on over and give it a listen.

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Safety Harness–Activated! Getting Work Done when the To-Do List Is Ridiculous

Right now, I feel like my writing life is a roller coaster ride, and I’m just hanging on for dear life. My to-do list is ridiculous, and the rational part of my brain knows there is no way it is … Continue reading

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My Week: Happy Dance News [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

Hi, writers! I was trying to figure out a way that you could subscribe to the page on my laurasalas.com website where I’m posting my weekly updates, but technology has thwarted me. So, from now on, when I update that … Continue reading

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What’s on My Writer’s To-Do List that Is NOT Writing

[Thought I’d share this from my morning pages today.] Whew. I am a little overwhelmed right now with promotion stuff and speaking stuff and marketing research for submissions. With three books coming out in the spring, I guess that’s to … Continue reading

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My Week: Road Trip Writing [Notes from a Working Children’s Writer]

Hi, writers! This week’s update includes a bit of how I worked while Randy and I went on a quick road trip to Chicago, as well as some back and forth communications with editors. Plus updates on my various projects. … Continue reading

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My Week: Notes from a Working Children’s Writer

Hi, writers! I’m trying something new. It’s an audio recap of my work/progress each week. Technology dictates that I host these on my personal website, not here at Mentors For Rent. If you’re interested, please hop on over and give … Continue reading

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How I Do Publisher Research and Submit My Children’s Book Manuscripts: Part 6: Submit!

Previous entries in the series: Part 1: Overview Part 2: My Tools Part 3: Publishers Database Part 4: Describe My Manuscript Part 5: Make My Marketing List Part 6: Submit! I have always loved logic puzzles. You know, the kind … Continue reading

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Lyrical Language Lab…and Me!

As writers, we think a lot about words. Big words. Little words. Rhyming words. Vivid words. So many words! Everything we create depends on them. But sometimes the right words are elusive. They aren’t leading to the sound or rhythm … Continue reading

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How I Do Publisher Research and Submit My Children’s Book Manuscripts: Part 5: Make a Marketing List

Previous entries in the series: Part 1: Overview Part 2: My Tools Part 3: Publishers Database Part 4: Describe My Manuscript Part 5: Make My Marketing List Before I start sending out a manuscript, I always make a list of … Continue reading

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