Speaker at April meeting

Written By: SSWC Writers - Mar• 13•17

Connie Goldsmith (black)Writing for the School & Library Market

Connie Goldsmith will be talking to us about how to approach the School and Library Markets. She will discuss these topics

  • Define markets: trade, mass, school & library
  • Her second career: Moving from nursing, to writing for healthcare professionals, to writing for the teen S&L market
  • How she worked with an editor to move from idea to proposal to book
  • The upside of the S&L market
  • And the downside
  • Breaking in – work for hire vs advance/royalty and  contract vs book packagers
  • Where to be: nonfiction is the place to be today

Connie Goldsmith writes nonfiction books about history, health, and science for ages twelve and up. Counting her fall 2017 book about addiction and overdose, she has written twenty children’s books (with two more in progress). Her five most recent works are, “Dogs at War: Military Canine Heroes,” “Suicide: a National Epidemic,” The Ebola Epidemic: The Fight. The Future,” “Dietary Supplements: Harmless, Helpful, or Hurtful,” and “Bombs Over Bikini: The World’s First Nuclear Disaster,” about the US nuclear testing program in the Marshall Islands after WWII. Her books consistently receive excellent reviews, including starred reviews from Kirkus, and two are Junior Library Guild selections.

She has reviewed hundreds of children’s books for a regional parenting publication and currently reviews teen fiction for the New York Journal of Books. She has written for a number of children’s and adult magazines. She is also a recently-retired RN with a Master’s Degree in Health Care and has written more than sixty continuing education articles for registered nurses on health and professional issues for nursing journals, as well as journals for dental hygienists and physical therapists. She belongs to the Authors Guild and is very active in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

Visit Connie’s websites at www.bombsoverbikini.com and www.conniegoldsmith.com

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