Sunday, January 24, 2016

Paths of Book Publishing Explained by Jane Friedman

Jane Friedman has updated her informational chart on the various paths to publishing your book.

In addition, Friedman's site is very good, with a wealth of helpful information besides deciding what publishing path is best for you in today's changing marketplace.

Scroll her website and check out each link and you'll find valuable information for writers, including tween and teenage writers.

Bookmark her website and visit often.
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Thursday, January 7, 2016

The Unsystematic Writer, Joanna M. Weston

Joanna Weston, author of "To Bethlehem" provides insights into her writing style in her guest blog. Joanna says,

"I am primarily a poet who occasionally writes middle-readers. My latest book,"Frame and The McGuire ", for ages 8-13, began as a short story, which is the way my novels have all got their start. I loved the characters and setting and wanted to know more about them.

The completed novel was critiqued on the
Internet Writing Workshop Fiction list some years ago. I kept going back to the manuscript to edit, tweak, and improve the plot (plotting is not my strong point). And the book came to life.

I don't have a system for editing. A section, sentence, paragraph, or single word, comes to mind while I'm out walking, in the bath, staring into space, or having a bad night. The solution is there and sticks in my head until I make the change.

It's not a orderly way of writing, in fact it's thoroughly inefficient, but it  works for me. I admire those who create an outline and follow it, and sometimes wish I could work like that, but anything I've written from a sketch seems flat and uninspired. So I stick with what works."

Be sure to do your usual research with the various publishers of children's books when deciding where to submit your manuscript.
Frame and The McGuire [ISBN-13:978-1-96580-59-3]

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