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A one-on-one, author-to-author discussion of the problems of writing, staying focused, overcoming a slump, and, finally, coming up with a published work. There are concise and clear explanations, with examples of plotting for young readers, creating life-like characters, using humor, dialogue, and colorful words, hitting and solving a standstill, submitting, querying and facing rejection, self-publishing, and hobnobbing with other authors.
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All of us remember a favorite moment in a story that we read or had read to us in our childhood. Perhaps it was when we heard, for the first time, "Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall", or laughed at THE CAT IN THE HAT, or cried for Charlotte when she told Wilbur she was "languishing," or "catched our breath" as we rafted down the river with Huck Finn. What memories--cherished forever! Oh, to be the author of such memorable stories for children!
This book will inspire and encourage you to get started and guide you along the way with compassion, humor, experience, and knowledge.
Marilyn Gould has been a published author of books for children since 1975. She has also taught Writing for Children at California State University, Fullerton and Learning Tree University. Her greatest delight is that many of her students have become published, and several have become full-time writers.
This book is a one-on-one, author-to-author, discussion of the problems of writing, staying focused, overcoming a slump, and, finally, coming up with a published work. There are concise and clear explanations, with examples, about such things as:
-Selecting ideas that will appeal to children.
-Plotting a story.
-Researching a subject.
-Creating life-like characters.
A beginning that will hook the reader.
The ups and downs of the middle.
A satisfying ending.
-Using humor, dialogue, and colorful words.
-Hitting and solving a standstill.
-Submitting, querying, and facing rejection.
-Hobnobbing with other authors.
Marilyn Gould is an author and publisher of books for young readers. She received an Associate of Arts degree from UCLA, a Bachelor of Science degree from USC, and a teaching credential from California State University, Northridge.
During the school year she visits many schools and talks to large groups of children, as well as conducting workshops for smaller groups. She has also taught adult classes on writing for children at California State University, Fullerton and Learning Tree University. She says her claim to fame is inspiring ten of her first time writing students to become published--three of whom have become full-time writers.
When she is not writing or teaching she likes to play tennis, ski, and travel. She lives in Newport Beach, California with her husband, Paul; Rufus, a Labrador retriever; Hurdy-Gurdy, a border collie; Coyote, a cat; three doves; and two large turtles.
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