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Project Three: Completed

On Tuesday I finished this project, title included, and celebrated with a KFC! My new thoughts now include what to do about publishing. Do I approach new literary agents or should I go back and retry with all those who have said no for project one?

I’m undecided on this thought. What would you do?

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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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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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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.