How I Came to Be a Writer

( 3 )

Overview

Newbery Medalist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's one hundred and more books are true to life, funny, and, most of all, well written — you'd think that she doesn't have to work at writing at all. But that's not true.
How I Came to Be a Writer is the story of one author's beginnings — successes and failures, reviews and rejection slips — things that mark the stages of a writer's life. Illustrated with photographs, and including samples of her earlier writing, this book will show you the...

See more details below
Paperback (REVISED)
$5.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (31) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $1.99   
  • Used (21) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Newbery Medalist Phyllis Reynolds Naylor's one hundred and more books are true to life, funny, and, most of all, well written — you'd think that she doesn't have to work at writing at all. But that's not true.
How I Came to Be a Writer is the story of one author's beginnings — successes and failures, reviews and rejection slips — things that mark the stages of a writer's life. Illustrated with photographs, and including samples of her earlier writing, this book will show you the inner workings of the writing process, from the spark of an idea to a book's actual publication.
This classic writer's memoir has been revised and updated to include material on the writing of the Newbery-winning Shiloh and its two sequels.

Details the career of one writer from stories composed in grade school through first published pieces to novels written to date.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-Naylor takes readers on an often humorous journey as she describes her pursuit of her life's work. As she says herself, this book will not teach anyone how to become a writer. Rather, it gives insights into how difficult the process can be, how failures and successes are handled, and why individuals keep trying even when rejection slips keep piling up. Many samples of her writing at different stages in her career are included. The black-and-white photographs and illustrations are of average quality, but they add visual dimension to the text and insights into her characters. This enjoyable and easy-to-read revised edition includes information on the "Shiloh" trilogy that was published after the original edition of this book (Aladdin, 1987). Students will find enough material here for reports, and the clear and lively writing may persuade them to seek out more of Naylor's many fine books.-Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689838873
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 398,497
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.12 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor has written more than 135 books, including the Newbery Award–winning Shiloh and the Alice series. She lives in Gaithersburg, Maryland. To hear from Phyllis and find out more about Alice, visit AliceMcKinley.com.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(2)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Terrific little autobiography.

    I am a fan of Naylor so it was a pleasure to read this short autobiography.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2001

    Good Book!

    This book really informed me about my favorite author-Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, and her triumphs and tradgadies. It was a fun and easy book to read. If you're looking for a book like that, this one's for you

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2001

    Truly Amazing!

    A amazing bio of how Mrs.Naylor becomes she became an author. Many children 10-12 will love her Alice books. Even 18-year-olds. Keep on writing Phylliss!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)