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For Writers

Over the years, I’ve scribbled a lot of things on the back of my business card for folks.  This list contains some of the best.

Places That Publish Work By Student Writers
Figment – (my favorite)
Creative Kids –  (8-16)
Skipping Stones –  (8-16)
TeenInk –  (13-19)
Cyberteens –  (13-19)
Frodo’s Notebook –  (13-19)
Imagine –  (12-18)
Launch Pad –  (6-12)
Resources for Young Writers – (more links)

Books To Help You Find A Publisher
Writer’s Market
Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
Poet’s Market

Sites To Help You Find A Good Agent
Publishers Marketplace –
Preditors and Editors –

How To Pitch Your Book To An Editor or Agent
1. Introduce yourself and the book title and the genre.
2. Give a brief description of the book.
3. Give more detail about the book. 50 words max.
4. Give the audience for the book.
5. Share any unique marketing angles you have, including any promotion experience you have.
6. Close the deal by asking if you might send the editor sample chapters or the full manuscript.

Example: Hi! My name’s Lynne Hansen and I’d like to talk to you about my young adult historical horror novel The Change. The Change is about werewolves in 1870s frontier Kansas. The Change features a disillusioned pioneer teenager who is bitten by a werewolf. She will do anything to find a cure before those she loves uncover her terrible secret. The Change appeals to middle school students, primarily girls ages 10-14. I’ve published seven novels, so I’ve already developed strong working relationships with bookstores, and more importantly for a YA novel, with schools. I’d be happy to send you sample chapters or the complete manuscript. Does The Change sound like something that might fit with your list?

How To Follow Standard Manuscript Format
Generally, publishers want 12 pt Times New Roman or Courier New, double-spaced. In the left corner – last name/story title, right corner – page number. Always include a SASE, a self-addressed, stamped envelope for a response.

Books To Help You Make Your Writing Strong
The Chicago Manual of Style
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law by Norm Goldstein
Roget’s International Thesaurus Indexed Sixth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer
Roget’s Super Thesaurus by Marc McCutcheon

Books To Help You Make Your Story Rock
Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Al Zuckerman
Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass
45 Master Characters: Mythic Models For Creating Original Characters by Victoria Schmidt
Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon
The Hero’s 2 Journeys by Michael Hauge and Christopher Vogler (Audiobook)
Save The Cat! The Last Book On Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need by Blake Snyder

Favorite Promo Resources
Online Print House –
Vista Print –

Favorite Conventions & Events
World Horror Convention –
Necon –
Necronomicon –
Book Expo America –

Favorite Authors & Which Book To Read First
Jeff Strand (Dweller) – (my husband!)
Charlie Higson (The Enemy) –
Alden Bell (The Reapers Are The Angels) –
Daniel Waters (Break My Heart 1,000 Times) –
G. Neri (Chess Rumble) –
Ellen Hopkins (Crank) –
Rachel Cohen & David Levithan (Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) – &
Meg Rosoff (How I Live Now) –
Patricia McCormick (Cut) –
Orson Scott Card (Seventh Son) –
Piers Anthony (A Spell For Chameleon) –

Writers Groups
Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
Horror Writers Association
Florida Writers Association
Tampa Writers Alliance
Pinellas Authors and Writers Organization

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