So, You Wanna Be a Writer? review

So, You Wanna Be a Writer?: How to Write, Get Published, and Maybe Even Make it Big! By Vicki Hambleton and Cathleen Greenwood

Beyond Words Publishing, 2001. 978-1-58270-043-4

Synopsis: Wondered what it is like to be a writer? Considered making writing your career or maybe just want to submit a story to a magazine? This is the book for you. It gives you tips on how to get started with your stories, conquering writer’s block, decide what kind of stories to write, what to do if you want to get published, and what to do after a publisher says ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to your book/story. The index of resources for writers and glossary of commonly used terms is especially helpful in getting your ideas out of your head, onto the paper, and into the world for other people to read and enjoy. It also includes mini-interviews with famous authors like Michael Crichton, Joanna Cole, Todd Strauser, and others, as well as interviews with kid authors about how they got started, what they like to write, and their advice for other kids looking to get published.

Why I picked it up: I love writing.

Why I finished it: We all learn some basic writing skills in school, and we might have been called upon to write creative stories or essays every so often – but what if you want to do more with your writing? This book offers lots of encouragement and helpful tips for those looking to get their name out there or even if they just want to hone their craft. Some of the best advice offered is to keep reading and writing, and to never throw anything away – everything can be used! I was also impressed with the ending chapters on sending proposals and what happens after a publisher says ‘yes’ or ‘no’, since this is the area with which most kids looking to get published are the least familiar. There is a new edition coming out in the next year that is likely to have revised information and even more tips on how to get started and keep going toward that dream.

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