Our Editorial Guidelines
A Novel Mind’s mission is to be the premier resource/forum for exploring mental health/neurodiversity representation in children’s lit. We raise up novels that heal, help, dispel stigma, and accurately inform – to help young people discover stories where they can see, and find, themselves.
Our blog features prominent authors and committed educators. It runs weekly, September through June. We typically schedule posts two or three months in advance. Our writers are mainly by invitation, but if you’re an educator, traditionally published author, parent or therapist, we warmly welcome hearing from you. Email us your query at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some general guidelines:
Length: Posts are typically around 700 words, but we allow for wiggle room. Take the words you need.
Audience: You are writing to an audience of children’s librarians and teachers, writers, families, school counselors and therapists (probably in that order).
Subject Matter: Posts cover everything from board and picture books, to middle grade novels, to young adult novels.
Authors - often write about their personal connection to their subject matter, or special technical/craft challenges. (Note: We are happy to run a book giveaway for interested authors during the week of their post. We run these on Twitter and send you the randomly-chosen address of the winner after about a week. The winners are almost always teachers.)
Librarians/Teachers - often contribute roundups or reviews – or share best-practices – and we’d LOVE more content from librarians/educators.
Parents – Families may write to share a pertinent story, or point out needs they want to see addressed, or to describe how certain books have helped their families.
Therapists - may write about using novels and stories in their practice, or any aspect they feel is helpful.
Please feel free to peruse past posts. But the best thing, of course, is to write what moves you.
We are an all-volunteer labor of love, so your payment is our undying gratitude, and the knowledge that you’ve put some kindness, empathy, caring, and stigma-dispelling out into the world for kids!
Thank you for your interest in A Novel Mind!