Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2016 by Chuck Sambuchino
If you write or illustrate for young readers with the hope of getting published, Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2016 is the trusted resource you need. Now in its 28th edition, CWIM is the definitive publishing guide for anyone who seeks to write or illustrate for kids and young adults. Inside you’ll find more than 500 listings for children’s book markets (publishers, agents, magazines, and more)–including a point of contact, how to properly submit your work, and what categories each market accepts.
By The Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review by Pamela Paul
Sixty-five of the world’s leading writers open up about the books and authors that have meant the most to them. By the Book contains the full uncut interviews, offering a range of experiences and observations that deepens readers’ understanding of the literary sensibility and the writing process
Writer’s Market 2016: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published by Robert Lee Brewer
Want to get published and paid for your writing? Let Writer’s Market 2016 guide you through the process with thousands of publishing opportunities for writers, including listings for book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, contests and awards, and literary agents. These listings include contact and submission information to help writers get their work published.
Guide to Literary Agents 2016 by Chuck Sambuchino
No matter what you’re writing–fiction or nonfiction, books for adults or children–you need a literary agent to get the best book deal possible from a traditional publisher. Guide to Literary Agents 2016 is your essential resource for finding that literary agent and getting your book bought by the country’s top publishers. Along with listing information for more than 1,000 literary agents who represent writers and their books, this new, updated edition of GLA
The Christian Writer’s Market Guide 2015-2016 by Jerry B. Jenkins
For more than 25 years, The Christian Writer’s Market Guide has been the most comprehensive and highly recommended resource available for Christian writers, agents, editors, publishers, publicists, and writing teachers.
Wherever an author is at on the spectrum of writing—from beginner to seasoned professional—this book will help them find what they are looking for.
The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need: A One Stop Source for Every Writing Assignment by Home Comforts
The Only Grammar Book You’ll Ever Need is the ideal resource for everyone who wants to produce writing that is clear, concise, and grammatically excellent. Whether you’re creating perfect professional documents, spectacular school papers, or effective personal letters, you’ll find this handbook indispensable. From word choice to punctuation to organization, English teacher Susan Thurman guides you through getting your thoughts on paper with polish.
Clear Rules, Real-World Examples and Reproducible Quizzes by Jane Straus
The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation is a concise, entertaining workbook and guide to English grammar, punctuation, and usage. This user-friendly resource includes simple explanations of grammar, punctuation, and usage; scores of helpful examples; dozens of reproducible worksheets; and pre- and post-tests to help teach grammar to students of all ages.
You Are A Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins
Becoming a writer begins with a simple but important belief: You are a writer; you just need to write. In You Are a Writer, Jeff Goins shares his own story of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer. He gives you practical steps to improve your writing, get published in magazines, and build a platform that puts you in charge. This book is about what it takes to be a writer in the 21st Century.
Call me old-fashioned, but I love everything about Valentine’s Day – the romance, the color, the chocolate, but most of all I love re-reading some of my favorite love stories of all time. These are classics and for good reason. I hope you enjoy them.
Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell never seems old. Who can resist the era, the characters, and the passion of one of America’s most beloved love stories.
Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller is a book I re-read often and never finish without some tears. It’s a wonderful story of two people who give up their own love for the love of others. Amazing. And it shows that we all have hidden passions deep inside.
A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is such a wonderful story of a lifetime of love between two people and the poignant end in which love never dies. Beautiful read for a day filled with love.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is one of the world’s most beloved classics and for good reason. Who can resist the tensions, the secret looks, and the final joyous conclusion to this timeless love story.
Valentine’s Romantic Poetry by Emily Browning is a book that brings back the beauty of love expressed through poetry and ifany day is perfect for poetry, it’s Valentine’s Day.
Color Love Coloring Book is just a fun, curl-up-and-relax book that is a welcome addition to the coloring book craze. Go ahead, get out your colored pencils, nibble on a piece of decadent chocolate and color all the heart and flowers you want!
Even the best writers get stuck from time to time, and we have all experienced writers block. Most authors agree that the first draft is going to be horrible, but as Sylvia Plath says, “The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.”
So I wrote this blog post with the intention of helping you push through that writer’s block, by getting inspired by these amazing tips from famous authors:
“Read, read, read. Read everything — trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read!” -William Faulkner
William Faulkner reminds us that writing is a skill, not a talent. Good to remember when we’re sure our writing isn’t good enough. Because we can always get better as long as we write.
“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” -Anton Chekhov
Chekhov beautifully demonstrates the concept of “show, don’t tell.” The best thing about this quote is that Chekhov uses the concept to demonstrate itself. He doesn’t just say “show, don’t tell.” He shows us how with vivid imagery.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” -Toni Morrison
This quote from Morrison is inspiring because it underscores what really matters when it comes to writing: passion for your subject matter. What better reason to write a story, and what better way to get a feel of the market, than to write the story you want to read?
“The first draft of anything is shit.” -Ernest Hemingway
Wise words from Nobel and Pulitzer winner, Ernest Hemingway. To accept a crappy first draft is the first step to becoming a writer. Better if you can accept it even as you write it. Because any writing process is a long one. There’s writing. And rewriting. And then rewriting again. And with so many steps, why strain to write something great in the first draft?
“Easy reading is damn hard writing.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne
This quote is one to keep in your back pocket whenever writing gets tough or when another writer makes writing look easy. If it’s easy to read, it was hard to write. Enough said.
Every writer has his or her unique own writing style and has most likely developed habits that help them write more often and more creatively. Writing, like most talents, takes a lot of practice to perfect – and even if it’s almost perfect, there are always ways to improve. Though writing habits are different for each person, here are some general helpful habits you should know to improve your own writing:
First, write every day. You should have a notebook or journal that you carry around with you everywhere you go – and in your spare time, write! You can write about anything you want, from how you’re feeling, to what the person is wearing next you on the subway – as long as you write. This doesn’t mean you should be constantly writing every time you have some breathing room. But when you get an opportunity, take it. Even if it’s just for five minutes each day.
Next, is a famous saying you may have heard by William Faulkner and it applies to the editing process of writing: “Kill your darlings.” There will be times when you love a particular sentence or chapter of a book you’re writing, but it may not work with the overall piece you’re working on and you’ll have to cut it. Of course, you can always save it in a different folder and use it for another work – or even use it as a base for your next work.
Knowing your audience is another great habit to get into when you’re sitting down to write. Often, writers won’t even start a project unless they know who their target audience is. If you’re writing contemporary adult fiction, make sure your language is strong and concise. If you’re writing children’s books though, you will have to use a different vocabulary. Understanding who it is you’re writing for is vital for reaching success as a writer. So before you begin writing, figure out who the audience will most likely be.
Last, another helpful habit to develop is unplugging from social media and other various distractions that are plentiful these days. This means not checking your Instagram, Facebook newsfeed, or signing into Netflix for the time you’ve designated to write. Being distracted by your surroundings you will likely take away from the quality and quantity of work you’re doing for that time span. If you’re writing, focus on it. There are too many times procrastination gets in the way of our ability to create beautiful pieces of art.
I know you have probably already read these books. Me too. But they are worth a second and even third visit. Take a look at some of my favorite books that you can read over and discover something new each time:
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell
I love this book because it gave me a glimpse into myself and others that I didn’t have before. Gladwell demonstrates how your inner self and subconsciousness can affect your life decisions – major and minor.
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife by Eben Alexander M. D.
An amazing story by an amazing man, truly thought provoking as well as inspirational. As many people question the afterlife, this book will take you through an unforgettable journey of a neurosurgeon’s personal experience and scientific explorations about the afterlife.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Astonishing…always a joy to read and re-read. Maya Angelou is one of the most inspirational female writers of all time, and this is one of her most well-known, applauded books that captures uneasy, gruesome feelings in the most brilliant, beautiful language.
Cosmos by Carl Sagan
OK I admit it, the first science book I truly understood and loved! Explore the mutual development of science and civilization in this jaw-dropping book about cosmos and the universe around us.
The Odyssey by Homer – Translation by Robert Fagles
What’s not to love? An epic story translated by an Academy Award Winner in Literature. A great combo!