Know Hows of Publishing

One of the best resources for children’s writers is The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The website has a specific links to many ways to publish and how to achieve becoming successful in getting your work published. An editor has a question and answer page for children’s writers that covers more than the usual basics and sheds light on what editors for publishing companies look for in choosing a children’s books. The article is a great way to learn and experience the first or twentieth time submitting for publication. The editor also talks about copyright, legal issues, where to send, and self publishing.

Be sure to look into the article:

http://www.scbwi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Editors-Desk_2014.pdf

Publishing

While everyone has different experiences with publishing, in today’s market you have to be thinking of not only publishing with a house but also online. It can be especially difficult as the two types of publishing can have very different approaches and require certain attention to multiple details. It can be a hard decision as to whether to publish online as many people have a preference. Annette Simon, a children’s author and illustrator, has distinct feelings about this too. In an interview with Ms. Mac, she is asked, MSMAC: There are rapid changes in the world of publishing now that tablets/ereaders and such are in the market in a big way? What are your thoughts about ereaders versus a book? Do you have an ereader? Annette: “I’m a part-time bookseller at a small indie, and this is an almost daily topic of conversation among our customers. Many have received ereaders as gifts; they try them, but they don’t love them. Those with vision problems enjoy enlarging the font, and frequent travelers are happy not to have to lug heavy material. But by and large, in our store at least, the printed book is the hero. I believe that books and ereaders can and will coexist. I have no plans for an ereader, because I need a device on which I can also create. Have you seen Oliver Jeffers’ HEART AND THE BOTTLE ipad picture book app? It’s beautiful–but so are his books!”. I have strong feelings about publishing and am still torn as to look it at online publishing as an opportunity.

Writing as Often as You Read

One of the many things that we writers love to do is read. Reading can inspire us to write what we have been thinking, previously or currently been working on, or inspire us to begin writing. I know that as a kid, I never really had a desire to write until I started reading. I had been thinking about this while reading an interview about Annette Simon. In the beginning of the interview Annette was asked What books are on your nightstand?What was your favorite book as a child?As a teen?As an adult? I thought it was so interesting that the person interviewing took advantage of realizing how important reading is to current authors and wanted to explore how Annette read. I feel that I definitely read more than I currently write but what I read definitely inspires me to want to write more. So many books have given way to ideas and have been mulled over many times and could turn into something when I actually have the time to sit down and write.

The Needle and The Mouse

While researching for my writers profile, I discovered that my author not only published written articles, but she published podcast’s as well.  This is a whole different style and experience for a writer.  Writing out your opinions is one thing, but writing and then verbally expressing is another.

The blog that host these podcast’s is titled The Needle and the Mouse.  It covers The Fashion of Technology and the Technology of Fashion.  Lauren Sherman and her husband Co-host the podcast’s together.  As we drift into this new digital age, writing is changing all the time.  Most platforms we read on are electronic.  The transition from text to video is just another step towards a digital revolution for the publishing world.  These podcast’s present information in a fun informative way that is easy to keep the audiences attention.  Its a different experience and is received or translated differently than it would be on paper.

Source: http://theneedleandthemouse.com/

A guide to Authenticity: Writing Your Story

Have you ever heard the phrase “Write what you know”?  Many of us have and have used this as a guideline for our writing.  Ellen Taliaferro states in this article “The stories you hear and observe each day weave the rich fabric of your work and personal life.”  We live stories every day and with that comes inspiration and imagination.  Socrates once said “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  We are constantly discovering new things everyday.  By using our stories that we observe and live through as our guiding light, we form our own foundations to be inspired by everything around us.

This article that I found was written by a Doctor.  She outlines the best ways to write your story and draw from your life experiences.  Every step is your decision and as you write your journey, the path behind you is laid out neatly.

Source: http://ellentaliaferro.com/writing-your-story-from-true-life-experiences/

Strategies and Backup Plans

The title of this website is Study Guides and strategies.  It has so many resources to different writing processes for every level of writer.  The headings have multiple different links that are topic specific.

Essay and Writing Sequences:  This heading has all different types of planning and editing links to reference as you’re writing.

Types of Writing: There are all kinds of different styles and formats listed under this heading.

The links provided by this website have all been thoroughly checked and approved.  The guides are constantly under revision to be as up to date as possible.  There are links to citing websites and so much more.

Source: http://www.studygs.net/writing/

 

Writing Rock

Sammy Hagar, former singer of Van Halen and a solo artist, did an interview with grammy.com about his writing style.  It is a quick interview, but his form of writing is another form of writing for publication that is often ignored.  No matter when he is writing, his songs are always coming from his life. He talks about how his music writing evolved as he came to accept himself more.  Prior to working with Van Halen, he had a hit song called “I Can’t Drive 55”.  This song is very straight forward — it is about how Sammy Hagar thought the national speed limit of 55 was stupid and he wouldn’t follow it.  In the interview, he references this song to talk about his lifestyle when he would constantly be flying in his Ferrari living the rock star life.

Hagar then proceeds to tell us about his realisation — that he hated putting on all of the make-up, tight clothes, and putting on a performance.  He wanted to just be himself and perform in what he felt comfortable in.  After leaving Van Halen, Sammy Hagar kind of fell off of the face of the mainstream rock and roll planet.   This is better for him though, he says he loves it.  Now his writing process revolves around who he truly is, a “beach bum” that writes on the shores of Mexico, Hawaii, and many other places.

I think this interview is so important for publication because it shows that when you are working and trying to become famous, you often lose yourself trying to put on a face for someone else.  Maybe the publisher wants you to change a line or theme in your book, often times the writer has to follow the publisher because they’re paying the bills until the book sells.  Point being you have to follow that persona that has been established even if it is not an accurate depiction of how you feel.

http://www.grammy.com/videos/sammy-hagar-evolution-of-songwriting-process

Inspiring Writers

As I was going through different articles about writers’ inspirations, I stumbled upon this Buzzfeed that really interested me.  It is a collection of quotes by different writers to help inspire aspiring writers.  While reading, a few stuck out to me.

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in the retrospect” – Anais Nin

I don’t really know any of her work, but to me this shows the beauty of what writing can be.  When writing, a lot is based off of our life experiences.  I find this so fascinating because we can reminisce about our lives and experiences through our writing, and we can also write to change and dream about what we wanted the results to become.

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”  – W. Somerset Maugham

This quote stuck to me because of the immense value behind it.  What I appreciated most was that it shows no matter how much schooling or practicing you go through, writing a novel is not something we can just learn how to do.  Yes, we can learn how to better write to certain audiences If there were a set way, everyone would write and no one would ever get stuck because there would be instructions on how to get around it.

Please comment thoughts on the other quotes! Hope this inspires everyone to write a little more!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/doree/quotes-about-writing#.ifR9GwaM9

31 ways to find Writing Inspiration

I came across this article on writing inspiration that I thought was interesting.  The author, Leo Babauta, put together a list of things, places, and activities a writer can do to gain inspiration.  I thought it was funny that he states “it can come from the unlikeliest sources.”  Its true that you never know what is going to inspire you.  Writers inspiration is a key part to the writing process.  I agree with Babauta that, “Every writer needs to find inspiration in order to produce inspired writing.”  

A few that I found to be quite helpful were free writing, the writing journal, and people watching.  You can sometimes get your best inspiration from your surroundings.

Source: http://writetodone.com/31-ways-to-find-inspiration-for-your-writing/

If at first you don’t succeed…

Sometimes the publication experience starts with a writer’s skills. For Allison Brennan, romantic suspense author, writing and completing her first novel did not guarantee her success as a writer.

“The first story I wrote had everything, including the kitchen sink…two stalkers, mistaken identity, a rapist, a killer, a cop hero, a security consultant heroine, a former fiancé embezzling money, a violent ex-girlfriend and more. Needless to say, it didn’t sell. But I learned a lot about writing and my own style, and when I started the second book I could already see the improvement” (Brennan).

It wasn’t until Brennan wrote her fifth novel, The Prey, that she finally published her first novel. “It was tighter, better, and more polished than anything I’d written before” (Brennan). In order to get to the state of publication, it took Brennan years of dedication and mastering her craft in order to sign with an agent she felt was “well-established” and could market her book the way she wanted. This is a difficult concept for many writers, especially unpublished ones. Some authors struggle with the idea of being rejected, or simply finding any editor or agent to publish their books, instead of finding the right ones. This often stems from the perception that their work isn’t good enough, and that they should take any offer they can get.

Seeking publication should be about just getting published. It should be about jumpstarting a successful career as an author. If fear of inadequacy or inexperience is holding a writer back, then honing his or her skills, or entering contests, can increase the understanding and experience of the writer’s capabilities. For some authors, like Brennan, the important thing is to always look for improvement and to never give up. “I had five requests for fulls and two partials. I signed with my agent the same day I had another request for a full and a rejection” (Brennan).