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Me, at a Hats Off to Women's conference.

  

I am always looking for some great articles to share with my readers and this is one that I felt like sharing. It is by Noelle Sterne and was featured in the September 16, 201o issue of The Writing World @http://www.writing-world.com 
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Below is a little about Noelle Sterne and a brief excerpt for the readers to see if the article appeals to them.  

Writer, editor, writing coach, and consultant, Noelle Sterne holds the Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and publishes in writers’ and mainstream magazines. Her articles have appeared in Archetype, Children’s Book Insider, Pure Inspiration, The Write Place At the Write Time, Writer’s Digest special issues, Writers’ Journal, and The Writer. Her short storyabout a boy with healing powers appeared in the Star Stepping Anthology (2008). Noelle is currently working on a collection of essays offering candid counsel and relentless support to writers: First You Find Your Desk: Start Writing and Keep Writing with Less Agony and More Joy. 

As a children’s author, do you know you can use more resources to publicize your book than mainstream authors? I discovered many of these avenues after the publication of my children’s book Tyrannosaurus Wrecks: A Book of Dinosaur Riddles (HarperCollins). This book, in print for eighteen years, was featured on the first
dinosaur show of PBS-TV’s Reading Rainbow, which continues to air
and is now on DVD. 

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Whenever I am feeling like I should just stop writing, I come across something like this that renews my desire to write. It is nice to know that even the great writers have those times when it didn’t come easy. This appeared on Verlakay’s site and was posted by Stephanie Theban. Thanks Stephanie for sharing this.


I heard Phyllis Reynolds Naylor speak today.  She said that she used to say she had received a thousand rejections, and then she felt bad about it because she didn’t know if it was true.  She had her secretary go back and count them.  there were actually over 10,000. 

Ten thousand rejections.  She read a series from one editor who said things like, you don’t understand how to construct a story, I hate to see you spend so much energy on stories that won’t work, you can keep sending stories to me, but I won’t publish any of them until you learn something about story.

And as she said, a lot of acceptances.

It was a great reminder to perservere.

 
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8 Ways to Enrich Your Character

Character Revision: 8 Ways to Jumpstart a Make Over

You have a first draft, but you realize that your character needs work. How do you retrofit a character when you revise?

I don’t think of a personality transplant. Instead, I try to add to and enrich a character. Here are 8 suggestions on how to revise your novel’s character.

Ginny Wiehardt

Ginny’s Fiction Writing Blog

By Ginny Wiehardt, Fiction Writing Guide | My Bio

Reader Question: Chapter Length?

Wednesday July 14, 2010

“New Writer with Cats” left this question in the forum recently: “Is there any rule to follow regarding how long a chapter should be?” and another writer, Lucy, answered: “There’s no set length: it varies from book to book. . . . My approach to chapters was to look at what authors I admire did, and then to think about what breakdowns would work best with my book.” She also said that she thought about chapters in terms of rhythm, noting when some chapters were longer than average

To check out Kathy’s great post go to: http://kathytemean.wordpress.com

This Week: Two Manuscript Revision Checks

Posted: 18 Jul 2010 09:30 PM PDT

Even if the summer has kept you from finishing that book you are working on, you can still set a goal to help advance your story.  This week pull out one of your works-in-progress and just check for these two things:

Passive or negative voice:   Avoid is/was …ed sentence structure and stick to primarily to subject-verb-object patterns to convey action. Do a search for “ed ” to can catch these problems. Also search for “it was”, “it is”, “there is”, “there were”, and “there are” phrases throughout your manuscript.  Search for use of the word “not” to help you rephrase negative construction into positive statements.

http://www.best-childrens-books.com/childrens-book-ideas.html?hop=write3

I briefly scanned the article. it looked like something that might help a newbie, so check it out.

Institute for Children’s Literature newsletter that can be subscribed to: http://www.institutechildrenslit.com

  Rx for Writers

Writer’s Support Room – Work Habits

Sally Phillips lives in rural southern Illinois with her husband, two teenaged children, a collection of farm cats and a dog. She currently substitutes for Pre-K through 6th grades and is working on a picture book. Sally has had poems, articles, stories, fillers and activities pieces published by Wee Ones, Celebrate!, Dragonfly Spirit, Kid’s Ark, Stories for Children, Kidmagwriters and Reader’s Digest. She created two Pre-K lesson plans for the teacher resource books from Gryphon Publishing.

GOING GREEN IN THE WRITING BUSINESS

by Sally Phillips

No, this isn’t about recycling those rejected manuscripts. But submitting to publishers can seriously separate you from your hard earned green. There are the costs of stamps, ink, paper, envelopes and the Internet plus the amount of time and energy spent putting together submission packages. Whether or not you’re just starting out, your acceptance checks (or lack of them) may not cover all those costs. Here are a few tips to help you over this green gap.


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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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