While most freelance writers focus on writing articles for websites and print publications geared for the adult market, there are also opportunities for writers who want to write for children on a freelance basis as well.
Some of the opportunities for freelancers include fiction and non-fiction for children’s magazines, writing on spec for educational publishers, writing curriculum for homeschool curriculum providers, and writing short pieces of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction for testing companies and test prep companies.
How do you find these sorts of opportunities?
There are a number of different places to search out markets that freelance children’s writers can send their proposals and articles to. The most highly regarded is the SCBWI — The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. A membership to SCBWI gives you free access to all their market listings, including the Educational Market Guide, where you’re sure to find some interesting opportunities.
The Children’s Writers And Illustrator’s Market is an annually updated print and online resource with hundreds of listings of publishers, agents, magazines and more for children’s writers. The guide also includes submission tips, and some clues as to what each publisher or magazine is looking for in submissions.
And of course, some of the best jobs come from approaching publishers as you stumble across them. Keep an eye open for new publishing companies and curriculum providers, and send your resume, clips and proposals when it looks like your ideas may fit in with their mission.