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Writing for Children and Teens: A Crash Course (How to Write, Revise, and Publish a Kid's or Teen Book with Children's Book Publishers) [Paperback]

Cynthea Liu
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1 Jan 2008
Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive, current, and detailed writing course designed specifically for writing children and teen books, written by an author who is in the field today. WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE is a ten-step course that relays all the nitty-gritty details of the business, beginning with how to evaluate your book idea all the way to pitching your book to editors and agents. Within each step, you'll find clear and specific information covering topics such as the children's book market, manuscript format, revision tips, finding the right agent or publisher, submission etiquette, and common faux pas writers make. This book will even tell you what kind of paper you should use and exactly how you should write your letters to editors and agents. Bonus materials include templates for all of your submission needs as well as examples of real-life editorial letters sent to authors from editors today. You will get a complete inside peak to the children's fiction writing market for those who want to write picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and middle grade or teen novels.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Pivotal Publishing (1 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605301140
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605301143
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 20.6 x 27.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,273 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The paperback version of my crash course is finally available. The paperback contains revised and expanded versions of my articles in addition to bonus materials that include real-life samples of editor rejection and revision letters.

*******See what others are saying about the course ********

From an editor...

"Thank you so much for reiterating the things we've all been trying to tell writers all along..."

From an author...

"I'm a published author who has sweat her way through one synopsis after the other. I wish I had seen this years ago."

From writers just like you....

"This whole thing about queries is really good. I learned much in a short time; you delivered what I needed. And so, Cynthea, I love you..".

"I've thought about picture books as needing a rhythm, but you spelled it out in a way that had never completely gelled in my mind before."

"Your description of what a synopsis entails is one of the clearest I've seen. You make it seem doable. THAT I like."

"The conversational style of your articles make them easy to understand and a joy to read. You are a goldmine for writers old and new!"

"Thanks for the very interesting tips...the 1/5-3/5-1/5th rule makes perfect sense, just never thought of it that way. You've made the basics for a picture book into a nice little package...exactly what I need!"

"OOH, C. This is very, very good."

"This [article] saved my life. I am not kidding. I was in utter despair yesterday, thinking I could not possibly boil my...manuscript down to a single page synopsis, and finding none of the advice I'd read on the subject to be at all encouraging and helpful. Then I found this article and you made it so clear, so simple, and so delightfully bunny -- I mean, funny -- that all my anxiety flew out the window and before I knew it, I had sat down and hammered out a five-paragraph, exactly one page synopsis that captures all the important details of the main plot but doesn't waste time on digressions. You enabled me to see the "backbone" of my story more clearly than ever before, and I can't tell you how grateful I am...Thank you so very, very much."

"This exactly what I've been looking for. I need to write a synopsis and was needing some direction. Your example really helped me to understand the need of the intro, then building, then resolving the story. Excellent."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed 2 Mar 2014
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This book covers the lot, it let me know about things I hadn't even thought about ie. setting it out to submit to publisher, everything. The advice on actually writing was first rate and written in such a way that the author could have been sitting next to me. Great
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 1 Jun 2013
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I've often wanted to write/draw my own children's illustrated story book, with the help from this book I now have the know how. This is a must read for people who wish to write stories, but don't know where to start!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for aspiring children's book authors! 21 Feb 2008
By Tammi Sauer - Published on Amazon.com
I love this book! As a children's book author myself, I recommend it all the time to aspiring authors. It covers everything a writer needs to know about getting a children's book published--I only wish I had it when I was starting out! Cynthea's fresh, conversational style makes her book not only jam-packed with great information but a joy to read. Plus, I think her tips on revision are spot on. And getting an inside peek at real rejection and editorial letters? Priceless. This book is a must-have for every children's book writer.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is what you are looking for! 17 Jun 2008
By Orla Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Reading this book is like having a knowledgeable older sister sitting beside you explaining exactly how to put your idea on the page and then get it printed. Liu really wants people to write good stories and have them published. The mystique of the publishing house is dispelled as she explains, step by step, exactly how a manuscript should look. For anyone even thinking of writing a book, this is the first one you should read. However, the best part is that the book is actually funny.How refreshing to be given great advice in such a humourous and engaging fashion.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is What You Need To Write Well And Get Published 9 Sep 2008
By Stephanie G. - Published on Amazon.com
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The number of books lining the shelves on writing for children is mind boggling. This is THE ONE you should pick up. Cynthea teaches the ins and outs of writing strong books for children with humor and excellent examples. Though this kind of expression may usually be reserved for novels, it is appropriate to say that this book is a page turner. Once you start you can't stop reading it. And when you've finished it's a great reference. As an added bonus: it didn't break the bank to buy it. I highly recommend Cynthea Liu's book. If you're reading this you're already serious about wanting to write for children -- so what are you waiting for? Go order it!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WRITING FOR CHILDREN 25 Feb 2008
By Joseph A. Digilio - Published on Amazon.com
WRITING FOR CHILDREN AND TEENS: A CRASH COURSE (How to Write, Revise, and Publish a Kid's or Teen Book)
I think that this book was well written and presented. I have learned a lot from this book. As a first time children's book writer I find the book invaluable.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quick start guide for people who want to write for kids... 17 July 2008
By EQ - Published on Amazon.com
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There are lots of books about writing for children out there. Many are good. Some are great. What sets this book apart is Cynthea Liu's straight-forward, take-no-prisoners approach to teaching writing.

There's no fat or fluff or baloney in this book; no long philosphical rants about writing.

Instead, you'll find a distillation of how to write for kids written in clear, direct, language that's fun to read. It's like having a friend explain something to you over a plate of brownies.

If want to learn how to write for kids, then this is the book to get.
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