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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 – www.figment.com (my favorite)
Creative Kids – www.ckmagazine.org/submissions/  (8-16)
Skipping Stones – www.skippingstones.org/submissions.htm  (8-16)
TeenInk – teenink.com/Submissions/  (13-19)
Cyberteens – www.cyberteens.com/ab/co/  (13-19)
Frodo’s Notebook – www.frodosnotebook.com/submit.html  (13-19)
Imagine – cty.jhu.edu/imagine/guidelines.html  (12-18)
Launch Pad – www.launchpadmag.com/  (6-12)
Resources for Young Writers – www.writing-world.com/links/young.shtml (more links)

Books To Help You Find A Publisher
Writer’s Market
http://www.amazon.com/2014-Writers-Market-Robert-Brewer/dp/1599637324/
Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market
http://www.amazon.com/Novel-Short-Story-Writers-Market/dp/1599637294/
Poet’s Market
http://www.amazon.com/2014-Poets-Market-Robert-Brewer/dp/1599637308/

Sites To Help You Find A Good Agent
Publishers Marketplace – PublishersMarketplace.com
Preditors and Editors – anotherealm.com/prededitors

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
http://www.amazon.com/Chicago-Manual-Style-16th-Edition/dp/0226104206/
The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law by Norm Goldstein
www.amazon.com/Associated-Press-Stylebook-Briefing-Media/dp/046500489X
Roget’s International Thesaurus Indexed Sixth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer
www.amazon.com/International-Thesaurus-Indexed-Revised-Updated/dp/0060185759/
Roget’s Super Thesaurus by Marc McCutcheon
http://www.amazon.com/Rogets-Super-Thesaurus-Marc-McCutcheon/dp/1582979995/

Books To Help You Make Your Story Rock
Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Al Zuckerman
www.amazon.com/Writing-Blockbuster-Novel-Albert-Zuckerman/dp/0615130593/
Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass
www.amazon.com/Writing-Breakout-Novel-Workbook-Donald/dp/158297263X/
45 Master Characters: Mythic Models For Creating Original Characters by Victoria Schmidt
www.amazon.com/45-Master-Characters-Victoria-Schmidt/dp/1582975221/
Building Believable Characters by Marc McCutcheon
www.amazon.com/Writer%C2%92s-Sourcebook-Building-Believable-Characters/dp/1582970270/
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
www.amazon.com/Save-Last-Book-Screenwriting-Youll/dp/1932907009/

Favorite Promo Resources
Online Print House – www.OnlinePrintHouse.com
Vista Print – www.VistaPrint.com

Favorite Conventions & Events
World Horror Convention – worldhorrorconvention.com
Necon – www.campnecon.com
Necronomicon – www.stonehill.org/necro.htm
Book Expo America – www.bookexpoamerica.com

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

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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