Writing Fiction for Children

While conceding that only the author can provide the spark of a story to tell, Morris offers invaluable guidance on the daily work of crafting, shaping, refining, revising, and publishing a children's novel.

Author: Judy K. Morris

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 0252026861

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 169

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Whether you're nurturing your first idea for a children's book or have a published book or two under your belt, Judy K. Morris will delight you, guide and inspire you, challenge and encourage you, and improve your chances of reaching the ultimate goal of every children's book author: your reader inside your story and your story inside your reader. A published author of both fiction and nonfiction for children, Morris draws on extensive experience teaching children how to write and teaching adults how to write for children. Here she combines concrete methods and step-by-step techniques with succinct rules of thumb: work at making your novel whole from the start; never underestimate the power of the plain truth; personality quirks are no substitute for character; doing a good job of writing usually means doing a good job of rewriting. Using judiciously chosen examples from successful children's literature, Writing Fiction for Children covers the building blocks of plot, characters, and setting and addresses common problems such as awkward plotting, oversimplifying, and taking a preachy or self-conscious tone. Pragmatic exercises stimulate writers to scour their experiences, sharpen their powers of observation, and capture the details, voice, and narrative energy that can bring stories vividly to life and keep readers submerged in make-believe. Loaded with practical advice and helpful exercises, Writing Fiction for Children is especially useful for anyone who aspires to write for children in the "middle ages" of eight to twelve. Children's books should be hopeful, thrilling, funny, interesting, touching, and a pleasure to read, Morris says. Above all, they must have something at stake that matters. While conceding that only the author can provide the spark of a story to tell, Morris offers invaluable guidance on the daily work of crafting, shaping, refining, revising, and publishing a children's novel.

Writing a Children s Book

This guide covers the writing of picture books, plots and planning, teenage fiction and non-fiction books. The author also deals with the business side of publishing, including market research and finding a publisher.

Author: Pamela Cleaver

Publisher: How To Books Ltd

ISBN: 1857039254

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 128

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This guide covers the writing of picture books, plots and planning, teenage fiction and non-fiction books. The author also deals with the business side of publishing, including market research and finding a publisher.

The Way to Write for Children

Revised and updated, this essential and practical guide by an award-winning children's author explains how to write books for children, from where to look to inspiration to practical advice on how to create characters and structure a plot.

Author: Joan Aiken

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 031220048X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 97

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Revised and updated, this essential and practical guide by an award-winning children's author explains how to write books for children, from where to look to inspiration to practical advice on how to create characters and structure a plot.

Write for Children

The book is divided into four sections which cover all aspects of the writing process. This book goes far beyond the 'how to' format to help writers learn the finely balanced craft of writing for children.

Author: Andrew Melrose

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0203164849

Category: Education

Page: 192

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Writing for children is not about writing little stories, it is about writing big stories, shorter. Children's literature is an art form in its own right, and this book is for everyone who wants not just to write for children, but to write well for them. This short guide to creative writing for children is based on the author's own successful MA course. Andrew Melrose provides guidance on every aspect of the process of writing for children. He stresses the importance of 'writing for' the child and not 'writing to or at' them. Literacy and learning depend on writing and reading and it is therefore the responsibility of the writer to understand who they are writing for. The book is divided into four sections which cover all aspects of the writing process. This book goes far beyond the 'how to' format to help writers learn the finely balanced craft of writing for children. It will be an indispensable handbook for aspiring and practising children's authors.

How To Write A Children s Fiction Book

How to Write A Children's Fiction Book is filled with advice and tips, from writing the story while adhering to industry standards, to editing and revising, finding a publisher, and building your author online platform.

Author: Karen Cioffi

Publisher: Writers on the Move Publishing

ISBN: 0999294911

Category:

Page: 262

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You can write your own children's book and you can get started today! How to Write A Children's Fiction Book is filled with advice and tips, from writing the story while adhering to industry standards, to editing and revising, finding a publisher, and building your author online platform.

The Everything Guide to Writing Children s Books

Writing for kids can be fun and rewarding-- if you can break into the competitive world of children's book publishing. Learn how to write and promote a children's book that will impress any publisher.

Author: Luke Wallin

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440505492

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

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Writing for kids can be fun and rewarding-- if you can break into the competitive world of children's book publishing. Learn how to write and promote a children's book that will impress any publisher.

Writing for Children Teenagers

A guide to writing for children and teen-agers, including a survey of the field, discussion of specific techniques, marketing hints, and suggestions for handling research and special problems.

Author: Lee Wyndham

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: UCSC:32106015215467

Category: Reference

Page: 265

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A guide to writing for children and teen-agers, including a survey of the field, discussion of specific techniques, marketing hints, and suggestions for handling research and special problems.

How To Write For Children And Get Published

This inspiring and practical guide from acknowledged expert on children's publishing Louise Jordan, will show you how to make your work stand out from the crowd and appeal to commissioning editors, and, of course, your intended audience.

Author: Louise Jordan

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780349414287

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 192

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Huge numbers of people want to write for children, but it is notoriously difficult to find a publisher in this increasingly comeptitive area. This inspiring and practical guide from acknowledged expert on children's publishing Louise Jordan, will show you how to make your work stand out from the crowd and appeal to commissioning editors, and, of course, your intended audience.

Worlds of Childhood

Six writers, including Maurice Sendak, Jill Krementz, and Jack Prelutsky, explain how and why they became involved in children's literature

Author: Maurice Sendak

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0395901510

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 215

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Six writers, including Maurice Sendak, Jill Krementz, and Jack Prelutsky, explain how and why they became involved in children's literature

Nonfiction for Children

Provides guidelines for writing, illustrating, and selling books on "real-world" subjects aimed at children, from preschoolers to young adults

Author: Ellen E. M. Roberts

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 089879238X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 244

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Provides guidelines for writing, illustrating, and selling books on "real-world" subjects aimed at children, from preschoolers to young adults

Books That Teach Kids to Write

This book provides a wealth of read-aloud titles and related activities that provide busy teachers with the tools to help students in grades K–12 become successful writers.

Author: Marianne Saccardi

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598844511

Category: EDUCATION

Page: 178

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This book provides a wealth of read-aloud titles and related activities that provide busy teachers with the tools to help students in grades K–12 become successful writers. * Includes 14 reproducible sheets that help students practice the skills described in the book * Provides extensive bibliographies and references to all the nearly 400 books discussed * Contains an index that enables teachers to readily access different topics * Presents quotes and advice from 25 experts in the field

Written for Children

A critical survey of the best and most representative English-language children's literature and picture-books of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Author: John Rowe Townsend

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810831179

Category: Education

Page: 386

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A critical survey of the best and most representative English-language children's literature and picture-books of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

The Business of Writing for Children

Every fledgling author should own this book." -- Stephen Fraser, Executive Editor, Aladdin Paperbacks "Aaron Shepard's The Business of Writing for Children is a wonderful resource.

Author: Aaron Shepard

Publisher:

ISBN: 1620355019

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 104

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Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children's author -- or even if you're well on your way -- this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books. Topics include common myths about children's writing, children's book categories, elements of successful stories, manuscript format, submission strategies, contract negotiation, the publishing process, career building, and children's writer resources. Also included are specialized subjects such as querying for multiple manuscripts, promoting a first book, and self publishing. Read "The Business of Writing for Children" to learn the secrets you might spend years discovering for yourself. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Aaron Shepard is the author of "The Legend of Lightning Larry," "The Baker's Dozen," and sixteen more picture books and early readers, along with several chapter books for middle grades, extensive resources for storytelling and reader's theater, and a graphic novel. His publishers have included Atheneum, Scribners, Clarion, Lothrop, Dial, and HarperCollins, as well as Cricket and Australia's School Magazine. Aaron's work has been honored by the American Library Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Folklore Society, The New York Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education. He has been a judge for the Golden Kite Awards of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// "BRAVO! I thought it had pretty much all been said, but I was wrong. All the nuts and bolts are here as well as rules that bear repeating, PLUS insights not usually found in how-to books. Clearly and concisely written, this is an invaluable resource for both beginning and more accomplished writers." -- Susan Pearson, Editor-in-Chief, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books "Aaron Shepard has written one of the most comprehensive guides available to anyone wishing to enter the competitive field of children's books. It's all here, from initial idea to successful sale, and then beyond to the essentials of contracts, promotion, and the ABCs of building a successful career. If you're starting out, start out here." -- Stephen Mooser, children's author "Here's clearly-written, no-nonsense help for children's writers by a craftsman. Every fledgling author should own this book." -- Stephen Fraser, Executive Editor, Aladdin Paperbacks "Aaron Shepard's The Business of Writing for Children is a wonderful resource. His experience-based insights into the art and business of children's writing will save beginning writers years of wasted effort -- and help published writers achieve long-term success." -- Kathleen Duey, children's author "The Business of Writing for Children is a one-stop shopping center, a complete how-to-do-it guide for the writer who wants a jump-start on looking professional even though he/she may be turning out a first book. Editors will love you if you do it Shepard's way." -- Audrey Baird, Editor, Once Upon A Time "I carry around a file folder of materials which I share with unpublished writers and illustrators. This book is so comprehensive, I plan to replace my file folder with it. Whether you are a novice or a professional, The Business of Writing for Children needs to be in your library. DON'T write a book without it!" -- Leslie Tryon, children's author/illustrator

So You Want to Write a Children s Book

This handbook for new and aspiring children's authors and illustrators is the ultimate guide to the whole process of writing a book and getting it to the publisher.

Author: Peter Carver

Publisher:

ISBN: 0889954569

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 124

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This handbook for new and aspiring children's authors and illustrators is the ultimate guide to the whole process of writing a book and getting it to the publisher. Written by one of North America's leading children's book editors, this book will show writers how to begin, how to develop the story, and more.