As you know, I’ve spent years and years, on and off with this project and the story itself is complete. I went to format it for submission a few nights ago, and I realised I wasn’t happy with the title at all. Trying not to go down the JK Rowling path and calling it “Person Personally and the things thing” is tricky because this is where my brain keeps taking me. I’ve always known it to be its current title but I think it needs something more punchy, something memorable and now I’m stuck!
Presently, I’m at Starbucks, today with my tonsillitis riddled husband, so the plan is simple – get brainstorming, get feedback and then get submitting!
I’ve given plenty of prompts to adults so today I thought I’d give something to the younger audience.
Over on the writing picture books
website I’ve discovered a list of resources for writing for children, the most recent book amongst the collection is from 2012 but I think a helpful book is still just that, regardless of age. I’ve listed them below but they are all listed fully on the main website.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, by Harold D. Underdown and Lynne Rominger, Alpha Books, 2008
The Business of Writing for Children, by Aaron Shepard, Shepard Publications, 2000
Picture Writing: A New Approach to Writing for Kids and Teens, by Anastasia Suen, Writers Digest Books, 2003
Writing With Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books, by Uri Shulevitz, Watson-Guptil, 1997
It’s a Bunny-Eat-Bunnny World: A Writer’s Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Today’s Competitive Children’s Book Market, by Olga Litowinsky, Walker Books, 2001
The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children, by Nancy Lamb, Writer’s Digest Books, 2001
The Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Marketplace, published yearly by Writer’s Digest Books
Writing Fiction for Children: Stories Only You Can Tell, by Judy K. Morris, University of Illinois Press, 2001
Children’s Picture Books: The Art of Visual Storytelling, by Martin Salisbury and Morag Styles, Laurence King Publishers, 2012
Steering the Craft: Exercises and Discussions on Writing for the Lone Navigator or the Mutinous Crew, by Ursala K. Le Guin, Eighth Mountain Press, 1998
Writing Down the Bones, by Natalie Goldberg, Shambhala Library, 2010
Hopefully they’ll be useful to someone.