Remember how proud I was if I was lucky enough to see my poetry pinned to the classroom wall. 3. S till try to be poetic in the patterns of my writing.
In children’s books the hero will be a child who has to overcome a challenge in order to reach a goal.
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1. US based society for children’s authors and illustrators. British Isles section meets socially. 2. Local writers’ networks or writing groups. 3. Most colleges run creative writing courses as evening classes.
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Publish Your Own Book
Publish Your Book Catherine Condie 1
Introduction This week is a celebration of reading, writing and publishing books; Building your story; Different ways of getting your book published; Things I’ve learned along the way. 2
Where I began Queen Edith Primary School, Cambridge; Writing poetry and short stories – creative writing; Composing songs with my guitar aged 9 and performing at the youth club aged 11 30 years later I began to write Whirl of the Wheel. 3
What interests me about writing What interests me most is the feeling that a pattern of sentences or collection of words gives you; Stories, short or long, and poetry are no different to pieces of music – from Vivaldi to Jessie J and each composed the same way. 5
Stories – where do you start andwhat should you write? Write what you know or what interests you; Think of a great plot; Create your characters and their voices; Show the action, don’t tell it; Imagine your story as a film – changing scenes, different atmospheres; Use Post-its on the wall or in a notebook to order your scenes or ideas. 6
Whirl of the Wheel A story for 8 to 12-year-olds led by a heroine who happens to be in a wheelchair; Light-hearted time-travel adventure into World War II – time portal is a potter’s wheel; Historical account of evacuation; With goodies and baddies. 7
The Switch Young teens’ thriller about a girl on a French exchange trip who witnesses a raid at a bar from an apartment window; Set in Paris, with some spoken French; 8
Building your storyIn a children’s book the hero will be a child or animalthat has to overcome a challenge to reach a goal. HOORAY! High point of the story Almost there Mystery solved Challenges or scenes that 3 build the story 2 OH NO! Tension 1 Rug-pulling moment Lull THE QUEST BEGINS Main event or discovery that starts the story off Time 9
Becoming a good writer Read lots of different styles of books, plus you can read books about writing books; Have a go and see what you like to write! Ask your English teacher’s or your parents’ advice; Start up or become part of a writing group in or outside school; Find out about local writing workshops or courses (you might consider scbwi.com); Enter a competition. 10
My story is complete! Fantastic, take a break and celebrate! Ask friends, family, teachers to read and comment; You could send it to a literary consultancy for comment but there is a cost www.cornerstones.co.uk; Think about posting it online via critique sites like www. authononomy.com or www.youwriteon.com; Look again at your story in the light of what you have learned. 11
I’ve finished . . . what next? Editing – read and re-read, making notes by hand or by making changes as you go, on- screen. Go through your writing a final time – line by line to look for mistakes, or ask someone to help; Think about publishing – you could show your work to a recognised agent or publisher to see if they are interested in taking you on as an author . . . or you could self publish. publish 14
Traditional publishing Look through the Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook (published by A&C Black); Choose agents and publishing companies suitable for your genre of writing; Each agent or publishing company has a different set of submission guidelines. Most ask for a few chapters by post; Check for errors in your work, send off your chapters and wait . . . 15
What is self publishing? Using reputable online sites to produce any number of printed books or e-books via your netbook or home computer. 16
Why self publish? ‘I have always disliked writing to order; I write to please myself.’ Beatrix Potter Creativity is a personal thing – self publishing is one answer to keeping it that way. 17
Seeing my book in print You can take an electronic copy of your work to a local printer where you pay up front, for example, for the print of 250 copies; Or start a free account with one of the major online suppliers of printed books (print on demand) : www.lulu.com or www. createspace.com. Order one or two copies – they cover costs by taking a percentage of each book. 18
Print on demand Lay out your pages using the guide at Lulu or CreateSpace; Upload the document and use the cover wizard to create front and back covers; These companies will put your book on their websites and distribute to Amazon.com and selected online shops for free; Think about a selling price for your book. 19
Seeing my book as an e-book You can do this via Lulu or Createspace or independent sites e.g. Freado/Bookbuzzr , Bibliotastic and Feedbooks; Kidpub (American organisation) or set up a free account with Kindle Direct Publishing. Note that e-books are laid out in a different way to printed books; KDP makes its money by taking a percentage of each book you or others buy. It sends your e-book for free to 5 international Amazon sites. 20
Spreading the word I’m published! Friends and family, school fetes or your local bookshop – Waterstones and Heffers; Facebook author page; Blog/blog interviews; Twitter; Goodreads www.goodreads.com; Free online press releases prlog.org; Make a book trailer; Printed leaflets/postcards. 21
Let’s publish a book Lulu publishing wizard 22
and finally. . . . . . there is no hurry; so have fun! and enjoy forming your plot and creating characters; practise writing a few chapters and see where your story goes; if or when you finish, you might now have a plan for what you can do next. 23
Any questions? This presentation Publish Your Book for the Linton Children’s Book Festival 2012 is available at Slideshare.net or via www.catherinecondie.wordpress.com 24