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Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market: The No 1 Source for
Reaching More Than 800 Editors and Art Directors Who Want Your Work
Alice Pope (Editor) : includes listings of hundreds of book publishers
and magazines and agents and art representatives, as well as information
on grants, conferences, workshops, organizations and more...
with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books Uri
Shulevitz : a guide to creating children's books, from the preliminary
idea to publication, including "how to tell a story visually,
draw characters and develop settings."
& Artists' Yearbook: 2003 : Now in its 96th year, Writers
and Artists Yearbook is a trustworthy old friend to anyone trying
to sell creative work commercially and needing a one-volume all-purpose
reference book... [Amazon.co.uk Review]
The Guide to Book Publishers 2003 : opens the door to over
800 book publishers, large and small. It gives details of author
guidelines as well as information on e-publishers. A one-step guide
to book publishers in the UK & Ireland.
The Small Press Guide 2003 : 8th edition - This book "seeks
to be a complete guide to poetry and small press magazines in the
and Enjoying Haiku: A Hands-on Guide Jane Reichhold
: a beginner's guide to the composition and appreciation of haiku
Pitch to Publication Carole Blake : From Pitch to Publication
is a real insider's guide (Carole's agency Blake Friedmann have
published Jane Asher, John Harvey and Micheal Ridpath amongst many
others) to how the publishing system actually works. The book contains
information on what agents want, how to produce a successful synopsis,
questions to ask a publisher before signing, a particularly useful
section on contracts and a very focused troubleshooting section.
Before you do start on that manuscript, however, Carole has some
words of wisdom about market research: "Are you writing the
right book? If you spend time thinking about this before you start,
you may save yourself a lot of agonies later." This is advice
from an insider, chronologically detailing how to go about getting
a piece of commercial fiction published. As Carole says: "The
more you know about the publishing process, the more you can profit
from it." [Mark Thwaite / Amazon.co.uk Review]
The Complete Guide to Self-publishing Provides writers with
step-by-step guidance on every aspect of publishing and marketing
a Children's Book: How to Write for Children and Get Published Pamela
Cleaver : covers the writing of picture books, plots and planning,
teenage fiction and non-fiction books.
to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy Orson Scott
Card : Not only does this book provide advice for every science
fiction and fantasy writer interested in constructing stories about
people, worlds and "events that stretch the boundaries of the
possible and the magical", but Orson Scott Card includes information
on potential markets and how to reach them!
If you're interested in more Orson Scott Card books, check out Characters
and Viewpoint (The Elements of Fiction Writing) an in-depth
instruction on how fiction writers can make the best choices in
creating characters and handling viewpoints....
The Complete Guide to Standard Script Formats: Screenplays Hilis
R. Cole, Judith H. Haag
to Write Books That Sell L. Perry Wilbur, Jon
Samsel : how to develop a marketable book idea, create a winning
book proposal, lock in a publishing deal, deliver a blockbuster
manuscript...and much more!
Art of Creative Nonfiction: Writing and Selling the Literature of
Reality Lee Gutkind : Covers all aspects of non-fiction
creative writing, including essays, criticism, literary journalism,
narrative history, memoir, and more.
How NOT to Write a Screenplay: 101 Common Mistakes Most Screenwriters
Make Denny Martin Flinn
How to Write a Selling Screenplay: A Step by Step Approach Christopher
The Screenwriter's Bible: A Complete Guide to Writing, Formatting
and Selling Your Script David Trottier
New Rhyming Dictionary and Poet's Handbook Burges
Johnson : Contains definitions, examples of lyric poetry, and a
reference for patterns of rhythm.
Writing (Writing Handbook) Evan Marshall : an
approach to planning, plotting, writing and finishing a successful
Creative Writing Coursebook: Forty Authors Share Advice and Exercises
for Fiction & Poetry Andrew Motion (Foreword),
Julia Bell (Editor) : A comprehensive guide for improving your creative
writing. This coursebook takes aspiring writers through three stages
of practice - gathering, shaping, and finishing - and should be
of interest to those who are just starting to write as well as those
who want some help honing work already completed.
Writer's Handbook: 2003 Barry
Turner (Editor) : "So you've written your article about sword
dancing in Northumberland. You think it's publishable but have never
published before and have no contacts. Where do you start? Enter
The Writer's Handbook 2003 with its usual detailed listings and
helpful advice about the marketing of words.
First published in 1998 the annual handbook includes long alphabetical
lists of magazines and newspapers, contact details for book publishers,
relevant website addresses and essays to entertain you even when
they can't encourage. This year, for example, Mick Sinclair's contribution
"Up, Up Away" tells you unequivocally that: "writers
hoping to break into travel authorship by recounting a thrill-a-minute
tale of death-defying adventure will probably find swimming the
Atlantic with a pack of sharks or crossing Antarctic on a toboggan
to be much easier than convincing a publisher to commission an account
of the exploit."
Of course The Writer's Handbook isn't just for article writers.
This is a book for writers in the widest sense so novelists, playwrights,
screen writers, and radio "scripters" are all catered
for. Neither is it a book just for beginners. There is plenty of
useful information here for anyone active in the writing business
whether he or she is an established practitioner, a raw recruit
or somewhere in between.
Particularly useful are the contact details of festivals from The
Round Festival in Wimborne to the well-known Cheltenham Festival
of Literature. The organisation listings are good value too. They
range from the Big Boys such as Society of Authors and Chartered
Institute of Journalists to the Outdoor Writers' Guild and the Association
of Christian Writers.
So, back to your sword dancers. Search the magazine and newspaper
indexes in The Writer's Handbook for suitable titles, read the advice
and try your luck." Review by Susan Elkin / Amazon.co.uk
to Write for Children - and Get Published Louise
Jordan : "Anyone can write for kids--it's easy. Wrong! The
first thing author Louise Jordan does in her book How to Write for
Children and Get Published is to dispel this notion. As Jordan says,
"...writing a children's book is not easier than writing an
adult book, merely different ... What is needed is a clarity of
vision, and this is harder than you might think."
Jordan runs The Writers Advice Centre for Children's Books in London
and is also a reader for Penguin Children's Books. She gives information
from the point of view of both writer and editor, which results
in a sympathetic but pragmatic perspective on the world of children's
Knowing the market is a crucial element of writing that is often
overlooked. Jordan explores different kinds of books for children
of different ages, and provides examples of each category. This
section is specifically geared towards the UK market, but the basic
information is universal. Jordan then discusses different subject
areas and analyses the components of a good story, including plotting,
characterisation, point of view and style. The final section tells
how to submit work to publishers, and outlines the author's relationship
with a publisher once a book is accepted. She is optimistic but
realistic, and advises writers to learn from rejection.
Jordan doesn't just tell the prospective children's writer what
to do--she provides insightful exercises after each chapter so that
her readers can learn for themselves. This is a practical, accessible
guide to writing children's books." Review by Caryn Jenner
Ways to Market Your Books: for Authors and Publishers John
Kremer : Offers advice on planning a successful marketing strategy
- includes information on distributors, bricks and mortar bookstores,
online marketing, and school and library marketing.
Start Your Book Sales Tom Ross, Marilyn Ross
: full of ideas for booking author events, signings, TV appearances
and radio interviews, including the latest trends and technology
- such as the internet.
Marketing for Writers Rick Frishman, Michael
Larsen, Jay Conrad Levinson : essentially a US-biased book, as far
as contacts are concerned, but ideas could be adapted for other
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