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Thank you to everyone who has responded.  I think my assistant is going to proceed. 
 Especially after she had contacted several people who are currently in the 

Below are some of the responses.  Again, thanks for helping us out.  

I have written and had published 39 books for children and adults.
I do not believe you should pay anyone, school or other, to publish what you have 

I did do the program, but unfortunately I couldn't handle all the red
marks and criticism ( however well given ).  I was much younger and
thought I was so much better.  I will say that the author you are given is
very helpful and it is beneficial.  Hindsight is a wonderful thing!

Connie Cahill, Media Specialist
Jamestown Public Schools
P.O.Box 269
Jamestown, ND 58401
"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks
about education."
Howard Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education

Hi!  My daughter is enrolled with them and has liked the response that 
she got.  I have been at writers conferences where the published writers 
have mentioned ICL favorably.  Your assistant has an excellent advisor.  
Vicki Grove is the author of several well-known books for 4th grade on 
up.   I am thinking about enroll sometime in the future.   Good Luck and 
enjoy.   Sally Carpenter

May I suggest she get a copy of WRITER'S MARKET or CHILDRENS WRITER"S MARKET.   
Either will give her a good idea of who is buying what, when, wetc., and will also 
give their requirements.
The trick is writing and submitting, after you have determined if the market is 
interested in what you have written or are about to write.
Hope this helps.
Best wishes.........DX FENTEN 

Brenda, Please post a hit! My nephew has just done the same thing, and I
wasn't too encouraging because I suspect it's a scam. They told him the
same thing as your assistant to the letter. They also gave him no feedback
on his story except to tell him it was "acceptable" in all four areas
(whatever they were.)

Send her to this message board thread about them; many writers who've dealt
with them have posted here about them. Then she can make an informed
decision on her own. I wish her luck. Writing is the best job ever!!

She can also go here to see the publication they put out and order a samlpe 

Betty Winslow, Media Center Director
Bowling Green, OH

Here's some info:

Try this thread

This site
Institute of Children's Literature: don't be put off by the aggressive marketing 
and the fact that this is a correspondence course. The program offers first-rate 

Pegi Deitz Shea Born and raised in New Jersey, Pegi Deitz Shea graduated from 
Rutgers University with a bachelor of arts degree and the Evelyn Hamilton Prize for 
Creative Writing. The Institute of Children's Literature, for whom she's been 
teaching writing for years, recently made her a trainer for new writing 

Denise A. Garofalo
Library Director
Astor Home for Children
6339 Mill Street
PO Box 5005
Rhinebeck, NY  12572

Why doesn't your assistant write to Vicki Grove and ask her?
Vicki Grove
P.O. Box 36
Ionia, MO 65335

Post replies if you get any.  I have seen advertising for this company for
many years and have wondered if it was on the up and up, and not just a
self-publishing venue where the author bears the expense of publishing his
own book!

Laurie Butler, Specialist
Department of Instruction, Libraries and Textbooks
Shelby County Schools
Memphis, Tennessee
901-321-2630, Central Office
901-321-2207, Textbook Office, SCS Warehouse


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