The Business of Writing for Young People (Writers' series)

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9780868066561: The Business of Writing for Young People (Writers' series)
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As sessional lecturers, co-authors Hazel Edwards & Goldie Alexander taught Professional Writing  for decades at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE. Because the practicalities of writing for children are included in 'The Business of Writing for Young People', it became the set text for courses nationally. Suggested activities relating to picture books, young readers and the technicalities of plotting, gathering ideas and editing as well as publishing are include.Solo writers can also use it as the basis of a year long study. The updated e-version  which included revised multi-media is available.

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Covers both the business and technical aspects of writing.  There are chapters on setting up a business, overcoming procrastination, dealing with agents, working with collaborators, handling the media and marketing manuscripts. 
There are also sections on plotting, viewpoint, characterisation and dialogue, and discussions on different media and markets.   Going on a bookshop crawl to identify what's being published and eavesdropping in fast food outlets are just two strategies suggested.  
   A welcome addition to any writer's bookcase.
Submitted by MA published in Pass It On newsletter 2005


Pass It On newsletter 2005
SECRET WRITERS' BUSINESS

A review of:  The Business of Writing for Young People
Authors:  Hazel Edwards & Goldie Alexander
ISBN: 086806656-7
Hale & Iremonger, Sydney, 1998, $21.95

The first thing you notice about Hazel Edwards and GoldieAlexander's The Business of Writing forYoung People is that it is sooverwhelmingly, uncompromisingly practical. 
Edwards and Alexander, both successful children's authorsand collaborators on a number of projects, cover both the business andtechnical aspects of writing.  There are chapters on setting up abusiness, overcoming procrastination, dealing with agents, working withcollaborators, handling the media and marketing manuscripts. 
There are also sections on plotting, viewpoint,characterisation and dialogue, and discussions on different media andmarkets.  The ideas, while not always fully developed, are head spinning,and exercises and checklists pop up at every turn.  Going on a bookshopcrawl to identify what's being published and eavesdropping in fast food outletsto research young peoples speech patterns are just two strategies suggested forkeeping in touch with this readership. 
The language of the book is succinct, pithy and oftenhumorous.  Crazy examples and amusing cartoons are included to illustratea point or emphasise an issue.  The text is also peppered with questionsand exercises, making the whole experience surprisingly interactive.
But a word of caution:  if you're expecting a simple,linear or narrative approach to writing for children, The Business of Writing for Young People is not for you.  It is clearly designed for those wholike brainstorming and will take the time to complete all the exercises andanswer the pointed questions.  And because of the number of ideascontained in it, the book has a tendency to make the reader want to rush offand try at least ten of them at once.  So if you need a disciplinedapproach, you might find it best to work through the book with a writing buddyor your writers' group.
That said, TheBusiness of Writing for Young People is a book to dip into again andagain for ideas, inspiration and practical advice.  It is a welcomeaddition to any writer's bookcase and is highly recommended.
Submitted by MA published in Pass It On newsletter 2005


 

Review: The Business of Writing for Young people      by Hazel Edwards and Goldie Alexander      Reviewed by       Tonya Ramagos      Tonya Ramagos is the author of young adult romances. Her work can be found       at Geocities            Category: Nonfiction      Publisher: Hale & Ironmonger      ISBN: 086806656-7           Hazel Edwards and Goldie Alexander set out to answer the many questions       one has about the business of writing for children. Covering everything       from where to start to marketing the completed work, The Business of       Writing for Young People begins by offering instruction on how to put your       idea on paper, form the plot, and design the characters. Then you learn       how to market the completed manuscript, find the appropriate agents and       publishers, and begin your business of writing for children.      A very informative book for anyone with a dream of writing for young       people. Hazel Edwards and Goldie Alexander have created a good reference       to add to any writer's collection.      2000 by Tonya Ramagos.

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