Carmela A. Martino

Author. Speaker. Teacher.

Selected Works

Middle-Grade Novel
Rosa didn't know which she hated more--being lonely or being different. One thing she did know--she wanted a baby brother . . . one just like Antonio.

To read an excerpt from the novel,
click here.

For a list of discussion questions, click here.

The new edition of Rosa, Sola is now available, and includes a new "Discussion Questions" section for classroom use. The paperback can be ordered directly here, and from most online booksellers. The Kindle version is available from Amazon, and the Nook version is at!
Two Articles in the book below
Carmela's two articles appears in the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market edited by Chuck Sambuchino (Writer's Digest Books).
Short Story in Anthology
Short story in I Fooled You: Ten Stories of Tricks, Jokes, and Switcheroos, a middle-grade anthology edited by Johanna Hurwitz. See the teacher's guide here.
Poem in And the Crowd Goes Wild! A Global Gathering of Sports Poems edited by Carol-Ann Hoyte and Heidi Bee Roemer, a collection of 50 sports poems by writers from 10 countries.
Poem in Anthology
In Chicken Soup for the Soup: Teens Talk High School edited by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark, & Madeline Clapps
For Recommended Reading for Children and Teens click below:

Sites for Young Writers

Are you a young writer who would like to be published? Or perhaps you're a teacher looking for places where your students can submit their writing. If so, use the link below to visit the TeachingAuthors blog, where you'll find an extensive list of markets for young writers. Be sure to read the "Four Quick Tips" in the right sidebar, too.

Sites for Adult Writers/​Illustrators of Works for Children:

Below are a number of links for adults interested in writing for children. I hope you find them helpful.

Click on the image below to read more about the 2016 CWIM, which features two articles by Carmela

All content copyrighted by Carmela A. Martino, unless otherwise noted. Please do not copy without permission.

"Four Quick Tips" to Getting Published

1. Read! Read! Read!
To grow as a writer, it helps to study what works, and what doesn’t.

2. Write! Write! Write!
Like anything else, the only way to improve is with practice, practice, practice.

3. Revise! Revise! Revise!
Let your writing “cool off,” then return to it with a critical eye to see how to make it better. (This is where what you learned in Step 1 pays off.)

4. Submit! Submit! Submit!
Your writing will never get published if it’s sitting in a desk drawer (or on your computer’s hard drive). If you get any “encouraging” rejections, be sure to send the editor a “thank you” along with another manuscript. (If you’ve followed Step 2, you should have plenty of manuscripts to choose from!)

The Writing Life

The September, 2006 edition of The Edge of the Forest interviewed me for its "A Day in the Life" column. To read the interview, click the link below.

Authors You Should Know

I graduated from the Vermont College MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program with a wonderful group of writers/​illustrators known as The Hive. Below are links to some of their websites.

Two additional authors you should now are co-bloggers with me at