Blog of the Week: Julie Musil, Blogging Between Carpools

julie musil Julie Musil’s writing blog is a lovely mix of writing craft, personal examples, and creative ideas, all with Julie’s lovely personality shining through. I smile every time I visit her site—and usually learn something as well. But be warned: reading it may give you a craving to purchase writing books by the wonderful James Scott Bell, from which she draws frequent examples.

If you haven’t discovered Julie’s blog, what are you waiting for? Go! Here’s a sample from last week:

4 Ways to Recycle Dusty Manuscripts

You’d think I would suggest using dusty old manuscripts as doorstops or paperweights, but no. There just may be a happier resting place for an unpublished piece of work. Here are four suggestions:

  1. Unpublished picture books–Consider cleaning them up and sending them to markets like Stories for Children,Knowonder!, or My Light Magazine. These e-zines are free, and you’d get paid little or nothing, but kids could enjoy your stories!
  2. Unpublished nonfiction–If it’s short nonfiction for kids, like a nonfiction picture book, consider updating the data and sending it to Imagination Cafe or the educational market, Viatouch. Again, you wouldn’t get paid, but this is such a great way to practice writing and earn publishing credits. And you’d be helping kids in the process. If you write for adults, FundsforWriters is a great place to search for markets. [Click here to continue reading...]


This May and June, we’re taking a look at this “new” buzzword in the writing industry, transmedia storytelling–what it is, how it works, and how you can use  transmedia storytelling techniques to reach more readers and provide readers with a deeper, richer story experience. Posts will share plenty of examples, as well as ideas for ways to incorporate a […]

Transmedia 2.0 book cover

We live in world where, increasingly, the devices we use to enjoy media no longer define the media type. We switch between books in hard copy and digital formats; watch videos on tablets as well as TVs; access email and social media on our smart phones while standing in line at the grocery store. It’s […]


  1. says

    Julie’s blog rocks. I never leave a post of hers without renewed energy and inspiration. And YES, I did buy a JSB book because of her.

  2. says

    I visited Beth’s blog, and it was so nice to meet someone new in the blogosphere! And Sarah and Nas, it’s so great to “see” you again. Thanks for your kind words :D
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