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Choosing A Literary Agent

I’m in the process of finding an agent so everyday, every submission is a continuous process which I’m thoroughly enjoying.

To look for a right agent can be tricky. Research and asking lots of questions to make sure you understand what you’re signing up for can be daunting to say the least. Over on writers digest there’s an article with a lot of things to consider and there are some additional links too. I definitely recommend having a read.

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10 Steps To Finding A Literary Agent

You’ve completed manuscript, it’s ready to go but what next? How do you get it published? Where do I go and who do I speak to?

10 steps shows you how to maintain professionalism to ensure you are prepared enough to turn those dreams into reality.

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Project three – Dilemma

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!

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Resources For Writing

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.
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Children’s Picture Books: Dedicated Website

With writing stories aimed at publication, I have spent countless hours on the internet looking at a variety of links and recommendations and then I finally came across a website purely dedicated to childrens picture books and there are a lot of helpful insights, tips, links to writing manuscripts, covering letters and extra little gems such as exercises and agent advice.

If you’re in the same position as myself give it a try! Here.

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Writing Crime: Rhyming

In an attempt to find a name for an area of land in project three, I stumbled across a website by Rebecca J Gomez. She informs you of some crimes committed when writing rhyming stories. Although I agree with her advice, I would add don’t be afraid to try new styles of rhyming – with how quickly slang and language change there’s nothing wrong with pushing the boundaries.

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Cats & Presents

Spud, my black and white kitten written, brought in a partially alive mouse for the first time weeks ago. It was horrific but he’s a cat, it’s in his nature to do so. It was sweet to think he had brought it to me as a gift (that’s what they believe, right?) Then a few days ago I found he’d also brought in a very dead, deader than a dead bird – again; it was understandable. Both occasions I knew his intentions but wished so hard, he would bring me money and chocolate bars instead of animals.

Rodney, on the other hand, has just walked through the door with a roast potato!

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Writer’s Block

Typically I’m quite good at finding quirky names for people, places and things in my stories but I seem to be facing an obstacle with project three.  I need a name for an area of land and, to keep it short and sweet, I’m stumped!

It’s not stopping me from formatting the rest of it but it’s a bugbear, to say the least, so close to the end!