Created by a fellow author, Thriving Scribes is a website designed to give you the tools to take your authoring career into your hands and control the narrative. It'll help you determine where you are in your journey and provide you with the guidance to take that journey to your desired finish line. It all starts with a quiz.
By answering a few questions, you can determine where you are in your journey. My stage is Align. According to my results I "have what it takes to create the freedom and success I've always wanted." I just need to keep going. And how do I do that? By following the 3-step action plan presented to me and accessing the tools that can help me in this stage.
This site works for all authors from those just starting to those who have published works.
Check it out and start your author journey. https://thrivingscribes.com
I don't know about you, but I love reading books to help me on my craft. Even after 4 years of college and years of writing experience, I am still learning new things and techniques. Armed with my highlighter, I mark up these books and take notes on what I can use for my writing. The only down side, carrying those books and highlighters around. The joy of the electronic age, is that you I don't have to anymore. Yes, e-books is one way to electronically learn, but so are podcasts.
Podcasts are great when commuting to and from work, when taking long road trips, or even when cleaning your house. So here's a list of some create podcasts to check out. If you need more, simply google writing podcasts. You'll get lists from others out there as well.
"SCBWI brings our members engaging podcasts with leaders in the children’s book field. Sit in on these conversations to get informed and inspired!"- from Website.
"Writing Excuses is a fast-paced, educational podcast for writers, by writers." - from Website.
The Writing University
"The Writing University podcast offers recordings of writing events associated with the University of Iowa" - from iTunes.
The Dead Robots' Society
"The Dead Robots' Society is a gathering of aspiring writers podcasting to other aspiring writers hoping to help each other along the way to the promised land of publication" - from iTunes.
The Creative Penn
"The Creative Penn podcast provides information and inspiration on writing, self-publishing, print-on-demand, internet sales and marketing . . . for your book." - from iTunes.
"The Grammar Girl podcast provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Whether English is your first language or your second language, these grammar, punctuation, style, and business tips will make you a better and more successful writer." - from iTunes.
Developed by Writer’s Digest, the premier resource for aspiring authors for more than 90 years, each workshop was designed to get you writing and keep you writing for a long and inspired career. Writers Digest University offers a variety of online writing workshops for writers at every experience level.
Your schooling does't have to stop once you leave the classroom. As writer's, part of our job is to keep growing and perfecting our technique and one way to do that is by going to workshops and classes even after graduation. The Writer's Digest University is one place you should check out. Not only do they offer workshop on technique but they also have workshops where you can hear from the experts or have access to agents and editors in the field. In fact, they have an Agent One-on-One Workshop coming up where agents will work with you on the first ten pages of you book. Talk about a great way to access the type of industry people that can seem elusive. And that's just one of many and many workshops they offer.
Check it out for yourself: https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/.
MasterClass offers online classes created for students of all skill levels. Our instructors are the best in the world.
And one of those instructors: James Patterson. That's right! The famous mystery writer himself is teaching us writing. In the words of MasterClass: "James teaches you how to create characters, write dialogue, and keep readers turning the page." In fact, check out their trailer:
I don't know about you, but I am on board. For $90, you get 22 self-pace videos from James on all things writing. Click here to check it out.
So you’ve got that first book written, you’ve gone through your Writer’s Market and have got a list of places you want to send it to. Now you have to write the Query Letter. In John Wood’s book How to Write Attention- Grabbing Query and Cover Letters, you‘ll learn the intricacies of writing a good letter. No matter the genre, non-fiction to fiction to magazine articles, covers how to write a query letter that's going to catch the eye of the editor. This book also provides sample letters and breaks them out into the six sections identified in the chapters.
For fiction writers, The Novel Query and Synopsis chapter not only covers the art of writing the query letter, but how to put together your synopsis as well. In some cases, editors ask for the synopsis over the full manuscript or even ask for both together. If you've never written a synopsis, no worries, this book goes through the standards and provides a Q&A.
Last, is the cover letter. Some people don't realize the difference between a query and a cover letters. This writer didn't at first, but this book covers both and the information found in each. So what are you waiting for, click here to purchase.
So you've got that first book written and now your trying to figure out where to send it. The Children's Writer's & Illustrators Market book can help you with just that. This book contains a list of all publishers, magazines and agents that specialize in children's writing and illustrations. It'll tell you where to send it, who to send it to and what they are looking for. It is a great reference book for all children's writers. The best part, they update it every year. So no matter when you finish that fabulously written book, you can be sure to get the most up-to-date list of where you can send it.
But there's more. This book not only provides a list of places and names for you, but also contains articles, interviews and tips written by authors who have been there and succeeded. From character development to plot to breaking into the market, this book has it all.
My advice, purchase them every few years. This way, when you're ready, you don't have to wait to get your hands on it.
Ever have a difficult time making your characters sound less like adults and more like kids? Many adult authors who write for kids struggle with the task of making the children in their books sound more like children. Well that's where the Children's Writer's Word Book comes in.
Based on grade level, the word book list vocabulary most common for that particular grade. So if your protagonist is in the 5th grade, the book can guide you to the words s/he would know at that level. Included in the word book is also a thesaurus. Have a specific word in mind, this book shows you the like words and what level that like word falls under.
So while the Children's Writer's Word Book can't solve the whole trouble of character speech, it certainly can help.
To purchase this book, visit Amazon.com by clicking here.
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