A Teen's Guide to Getting Published: Publishing for Profit, Recognition, and Academic Success

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A Teen's Guide to Getting Published is an exciting must-read for young writers, in grades 4-12, wanting to see their work published. This revised edition, written by two successful former teen authors, offers practical writing tips and an expansive, up-to-date listing of print and online markets that publish student work.

A Teen's Guide provides concrete advice, encouragement, and motivation to young authors looking to make their mark as writers. Topics addressed in the book ...

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Overview

A Teen's Guide to Getting Published is an exciting must-read for young writers, in grades 4-12, wanting to see their work published. This revised edition, written by two successful former teen authors, offers practical writing tips and an expansive, up-to-date listing of print and online markets that publish student work.

A Teen's Guide provides concrete advice, encouragement, and motivation to young authors looking to make their mark as writers. Topics addressed in the book include: the writing craft, freelance writing, rights and copyright information, publishing pitfalls, writing camps and workshops, and staff writing and book publishing. Filled with successful strategies for becoming a published author, this will be an enjoyable read for any young writer.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Vikki Terrile
It has been ten years since these now twenty-something authors first published their book on the ins and outs of publishing for teens, by teens. This new edition catches up with the dramatic changes in technology, and by extension, publishing since that time, helping today's teens have an even better chance of seeing their names in print. The Dunns already have significant experience as freelance writers and draw on their personal experiences as well as extensive research to offer levelheaded advice, practical suggestions, and insider tips about the business of publishing, a topic often overlooked in books about writing for young people. They employ a friendly but not unprofessional tone as they approach their subject and strike a comfortable balance between encouragement and realism-pointing out, for example, that it is a rare thing for a teen to publish a book, but that there are practical steps that can improve the odds-without coming across as pompous or superior. The short first chapter gives some hints about the craft and process of writing, but the book is really about the nitty-gritty, unromantic realm of getting one's writing to an audience. A detailed and highly selective list of publications, Web sites, contests, and camps completes this very useful resource, which is a must for young (and not-so-young) writers and the libraries they frequent.
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-A revision of the guide these sisters published 10 years ago, when they were 15. Adding new Internet opportunities such as online journals, writer-support blogs, and e-mail editing, this volume covers the full gamut of possibilities and pitfalls for aspiring writers. Emphasis on the need to keep journals, read voraciously, and write down ideas is countered with warnings about publishing personal information that could damage relationships. In addition to standard advice on publishers and agents, the authors give practical suggestions for finding a writing environment that is accessible to teens, such as school publication staffs and local newspaper internships. Annotated appendixes list Web sites, books, journals, and contests. Also provided is information on mentors, writing camps, and courses catering to young authors, and a valuable list of mainstream publishers who have expressed openness to submissions from teens. This compact, sensible book discusses all kinds of writing rather than only one aspect or genre. An excellent choice.-Kathy Lehman, Thomas Dale High School Library, Chester, VA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593631826
  • Publisher: Prufrock Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2006
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 502,182
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Jessica Dunn and her twin sister Danielle were eighth graders living in the Houston area when they wrote the first edition of A Teen's Guide to Getting Published, printed in 1996. Jessica started writing for publication in 1992, and had several works appear in Creative Kids, Merlyn's Pen, and other magazines featuring young writers. She graduated from Rice University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and currently works in the pharmaceutical industry near Philadelphia. The second edition of A Teen's Guide to Getting Published was released in 2006.

Danielle Dunn and her twin sister Jessica were eighth graders at Dulles Middle School in the Houston area when they began writing the first edition of this book, published in 1996. Prior to that, they both had spent 4 years freelance writing for magazines featuring young writers. Danielle went on to write for a local newspaper for a summer during college. She graduated from Rice University in 2003 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and currently works for a vaccine manufacturer in Pennsylvania.

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