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Childrens writers and illustrators market

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 By The BookPamela 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

Writers market

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 SambuchinoGuide to literary agents

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 Writers Market Guide

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 Will Ever needThe 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.

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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.

Edita Kaye’s Favorite Valentines Day Books

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Inspiring Quotes From Famous Authors

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.