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So, You Wanna Be a Writer?: How to Write, Get Published, and Maybe Even Make It Big!

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This is a hip how-to handbook on writing and publishing for aspiring young writers. In a fun, informative style, the authors show kids how to practice and improve their writing, get published, and maybe even become famous in the process. The book contains practical advice and cool insights from real kid authors. Writer wannabes will learn:· how to begin a career in writing · ways to explore the genres of poetry, journalism, fiction, and nonfiction · where to find inspiration for stories · how to approach ...
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Overview

This is a hip how-to handbook on writing and publishing for aspiring young writers. In a fun, informative style, the authors show kids how to practice and improve their writing, get published, and maybe even become famous in the process. The book contains practical advice and cool insights from real kid authors. Writer wannabes will learn:· how to begin a career in writing · ways to explore the genres of poetry, journalism, fiction, and nonfiction · where to find inspiration for stories · how to approach publishers and get published · how to improve writing through creative exercises Also included are profiles of ten young authors whose real-life successes send the message that getting one’s work published is indeed possible.
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VOYA
This writer's resource for teens is a must-have for classrooms, libraries, and writer's studios. Packed with useful advice and presented in a kid-friendly format that is manageable for middle and junior high students, this handbook encourages young writers to take their craft seriously—and to enjoy it. From journal ideas through writer's tools, identifying one's genre, recognizing writing as a process, soliciting reader responses, revision, and all the way to submission procedures, contests, and markets—this book has it all. Young author profiles showcase ten beginning and experienced writers aged ten to sixteen. Interviews share tidbits from authors the young writers have read, and varied lists, quizzes, and ideas encourage writers at every turn. Within these pages, the monumental becomes manageable. The potentially overwhelming world of publishing is presented in pieces that invite writers to learn further and take on each of these new challenges. Hambleton and Greenwood, where were you when this reviewer was young? Parents, teachers, librarians—get this book into your favorite young writer's hands today. Glossary. Illus. Photos. Further Reading. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J S (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2001, Beyond Words Publishing, 160p, $8.95 Trade pb. Ages 11 to 18. Reviewer: Cynthia L. Blinn SOURCE: VOYA, February 2002 (Vol. 24, No.6)
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Gr 5-9-A practical, inspiring, how-to guide. In conversational language, Hambleton and Greenwood provide information on what it's like to be a writer, the time and tools needed to get started, definitions and examples of different genres, choosing topics, exercises, the writing process, how to get published, and career opportunities in the field. Short paragraphs, succinctly written, impart the information in small manageable segments. Important concepts are repeated throughout, but so subtly that readers will get the points without feeling as though they have been hit over the head with them. The examples used to emphasize ideas are contemporary, and will appeal to readers. Boxed, shaded areas offer definitions, sample letters and contracts, and interviews with both renowned authors and young writers. The book concludes with annotated lists of resources on writing and getting published, and lists of magazines and publishers (with contact information) that accept submissions from young authors. Information on writing contests is also provided. Different font sizes, use of bold and italics, and plenty of white space give the book a clean, uncluttered appearance. Small, black-and-white photo collages illustrate the text. There are two fill-in-the-blank lists and one page of journal ideas that the authors recommend readers cut out and glue "into the front of your journal for inspiration." A well-written, accessible title.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582700434
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: So, You Wanna Be ... Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 5.27 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author


Vicki Hambleton is a verbal tutor for students in grades 9–12. She was a project editor and writer or Benchmark Education, specializing in books for grades K–8. Her writing has appeared in numerous children's publications including Cobblestone, Calliope, and Footsteps.

Cathleen Greenwood is a teacher, published writer, consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English, and veteran presenter at national and local professional conferences on teaching and writing. She has helped countless students successfully submit writings to magazines, publishers, and contests.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2005

    Excellent!

    I give this book five stars because it is truly outstanding! It helped me get my writing started and has everything a young writer would want to know, from finding the right genre and overcoming writer's block, to getting your work published. I recommend this book to any young person who loves to write but doesn't know where to start.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2004

    a great book if you wanna be a writer

    This was a good book and helped me a lot in my writing. It also has a lot of good information on how to have good writing and how to get published. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be a writer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2004

    Two Thumbs Up!

    I recommend this book to any person who likes to write. It has everything you want to know--and then some!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    From A Writer who knows her stuff!

    Very good! It helped me alot with my books. I definitely recommend this to ANYONE who wants to be a writer!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2002

    Writers Goal

    This book is the real way to life in the writing business. Not only does it tell you how to write and get published but it gives 1,000 tips to all young writers. It also includes other young writer profiles including a profile from the new poet Mattie Stephenek. So Buy this book for your child that wants to be a writer.

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