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Top 6 Ways to Get Your Child’s Writing Published

Top 6 Ways to Get Your Child’s Writing Published

Let’s say you wrote a book and awaiting publishing. Upon the book’s release, and you will actually hold it in your arms, then look at your name on the cover, you’ll surely have a walk-in-the-clouds kind of experience. A prize that can’t be exchanged for anything in the world, maybe even for money. (I know it’s something that is highly subjective. Some people will have different views.) But, for me, it would be explosive!

Above, I was describing an adult experience. How about if your child is the one who’ll experience this? I’m pretty sure it would be a big boost to his self esteem as a budding author. Talking about publishing your child’s first literary work, why don’t you try to create a single copy first.

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On the Internet today, there’s a variety of companies offering online photo book that provide formats for making a single copy of your baby’s writing. MyPublisher and Blurb are only two of superb options for publishing young people’s literary works and illustrations.

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Another way to publish your kid’s work is by submitting them to print magazines willing to publish children’s work. These publications have detailed guidelines young writers should follow. They usually include content, genre, and length. Doing a little research will help a lot to find out which publications fit best, and be a good match for your child’s work. Lifehack’s favorite children’s magazines that accept submissions include: Stone Soup and Cricket Magazine.

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Other ways of publishing your child’s work is by letting him join writing contests and encouraging him to write for a local newspaper. Local newspapers are a great option for young writers who desire to enhance their craft, and who would want their opinions heard even only in a small community. Here’s something you can do: motivate your kid to cover a hot issue that is the current rave. This would be a good vehicle to showcase his talent. Tell him to connect with the editor, and submit an opinion piece. The experience will not only sharpen his writing ability, he will also be exposed to collaborating with an editor, and a way for him to experience how it is to pitch a piece for a certain publishing outfit. This will also inspire him to write with a persuasive tone and be conscious of current events in his own locality.

There, you got three ways to publish your baby’s work. Read the other tips to get your child’s writing published by checking Tips for Writing a Book: How to Get Your Child’s Work Published by Suzy S. via Take Lessons

Featured photo credit: Writing on matters of great importance/Diyosa Carter via flickr.com

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Last Updated on August 6, 2020

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Why Working 9 to 5 Is Outdated

Bristol is the most congested city in England. Whenever I have to work at the office, I ride there, like most of us do. Furthermore, I always make sure to go at off hours; otherwise, the roads are jam-packed with cars, buses, bikes, even pedestrians. Why is that? Because everyone is working a traditional 9 to 5 work day.

Where did the “9 to 5” Come From?

It all started back in 1946. The United States government implemented the 40 hour work week for all federal employees, and all companies adopted the practice afterwards. That’s 67 years with the same schedule. Let’s think about all the things that have changed in the 67 years:

  • We went to the moon, and astronauts now live in space on the ISS.

  • Computers used to take up entire rooms and took hours to make a single calculation. Now we have more powerful computers in our purses and back pockets with our smartphones.

  • Lots of employees can now telecommute to the office from hundreds, and even thousands of miles away.

In 1946 a 9-5 job made sense because we had time after 5pm for a social life, a family life. Now we’re constantly connected to other people and the office, with the Internet, email on our smartphones, and hashtags in our movies and television shows. There is no downtime anymore.

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Different Folks, Different Strokes

Enjoying your downtime is an important part of life. It recharges your batteries and lets you be more productive. Allowing people to balance life and work can provide them with much needed perspective and motivation to see the bigger picture of what they are trying to achieve.

Some people are just more productive when they’re working at their optimal time of day, after feeling well rested and personally fulfilled.  For some that can be  from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m; for others, it could be  2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

People have their own rhythms and routines. It would be great if we could sync our work schedule to match. Simply put, the imposed 8-hour work day can be a creativity and morale killer for the average person in today’s world.

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Productivity and Trust Killer

Fostering creativity among employees is not always an easy endeavor, but perhaps a good place to start is by simply not tying their tasks and goals to a fixed time period. Let them work on their to-do list at their own pace, and chances are, you’ll get the best out of your employee who feels empowered instead of babysat.

That’s not to say that you should  allow your team to run wild and do whatever they want, but restricting them to a 9 to 5 time frame can quickly demoralize people. Set parameters and deadlines, and let them work at their own creative best with the understanding that their work is crucial to the functioning of the entire team.

Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur who previously worked in broadcasting, noted to Inc that from her experience, “treating employees like grown-ups made it more likely that they would behave the same way.” The principle here is to have your employees work to get things done, not to just follow the hands on the clock.

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A Flexible Remote Working Policy

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer famously recalled all her remote workers, saying she wanted to improve innovation and collaboration, but was that the right decision? We’ve all said that we’re often more productive in a half day working from home than a full day working in the office, right? So why not let your employees work remotely from home?

There are definitely varying schools of thought on remote working. Some believe that innovation and collaboration can only happen in a boardroom with markers, whiteboards and post-it notes and of course, this can be true for some. But do a few great brainstorms trump a team that feels a little less stressed and a little more free?

Those who champion remote working often note that these employees are not counting the clock, worried about getting home, cooking dinner or rushing through errands post-work. No one works their 9-5 straight without breaks here and there.  Allowing some time for remote working means employees can handle some non-work related tasks and feel more accomplished throughout the day. Also, sometimes we all need to have a taste of working in our pajamas, right?

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It’ll be interesting to see how many traditional companies and industries start giving their employees more freedom with their work schedule. And how many end up rescinding their policies like Yahoo did.

What are your thoughts of the traditional 9-5 schedule and what are you doing to help foster your team’s productivity and creativity? Hit the comments and let us know.

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