Here’s an interesting blog post by Steve Rossiter with good suggestions on marketing a teen novel, but I think most apply for any children’s book.
If you participated in NaNoWriMo, you might be wondering what to do with the pages of mush you’ve churned out.
Here’s an idea, move right into International Plot Writing Month.
From the website:
PlotWriMoannually spans the entire month of December for writers who have a draft of a novel, memoir, screenplay and are wondering, now what?
This is a chance to revision and redefine the plot arch of your project before actually rewriting the manuscript. (This also works for writers without a first draft. Whether you merely have an idea for a story, a few chapters or scenes, just tweak the assignments to make them work for wherever you are in the process.)
Writers follow the blog from all over the world everyday every December for plot tips and tricks and inspiration beginning Dec. 1st to shape their words into a compelling story.
No writing is required. Instead, you’ll step back and consider the overall structure and plot of your story, push aside the words and analyze the characters and dramatic action and thematic significance you have written to craft the project into a coherent piece worthy of publication. . Brainstorm for an effortless draft two in the new year.
When: International Plot Writing Month begins every December 1st.
I’ll be conducting a year-long Novel Writing Workshop at the Pearl Buck Writing Center in Perkasie, Pa., again this year.
Write a Novel in a Year Class
Teaching: 1/25, 2/22, 4/26, 5/17, 6/21, 9/27, 10/25, 11/15 ~ Write-In: 3/22, 10/25 from 9:30 – 11:30
Class Fee: $150
Author and Editor Anita Nolan will lead a year-long writing workshop taking participants through the complete novel-writing process. Write a Novel in a Year will meet for 8 teaching and 2 write-in sessions. It will also include a Yahoo Writing Group. This workshop is for adult writers interested in working on juvenile, young adult, or adult novels. http://www.anitanolan.com http://www.anitanolan.wordpress.com
Please register by January 10th.
I’ll also be conducting a 3-session Novel Revision workshop again this coming year:
Novel Critique & Revision Workshop
2nd Saturdays1/11; 2/8/ 2/8from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Workshop Fee : $100
This workshop is only for those writers who have successfully completed the 2013 Write a Novel in a Year Class unless permission is granted by instructor after reviewing a submitted manuscript. Please register by January 3rd
From Publisher’s Lunch:
Daniel Nayeri will join Workman on December 18 as director of children’s publishing. He has been digital editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, prior to which he was an editor at Clarion. He comments: “I am thankful, of course, for this wonderful opportunity and honored to be following Raquel Jaramillo–in whose giant footsteps I could probably swim laps. In addition to upholding the award-winning and bestselling list already at Workman, I look forward to creating quirky and joyful nonfiction for children, game books, inventive board books, and books you can only describe as ‘objets d’art pour les enfants génial et terribles,’ art objects for great and terrible children.”
As you research your latest story, have you ever wondered who was watching you Google various weapons or what kind of poison might be untraceable? I have. Turns out I’m not the only one.
Sixteen percent of writers have avoided writing or speaking about certain topics due to threatening privacy concerns, and an additional 11 percent have seriously considered such avoidance.
This is from a story from CBS DC.
Read it here.
While critiquing, I’m surprised at how many people include song lyrics. This can raise copyright issues.Here’s a interesting article from the GalleyCat on how to legally quote song lyrics.
From the HIghlights Website:
Highlights 2014 Fiction Contest
Three prizes of $1,000 or tuition for any Highlights Foundation Founders Workshop.
All entries must be postmarked between January 1 and January 31, 2014.
No entry form or fee is required.
Entrants must be at least 16 years old at the time of submission.*
We welcome work from both published and unpublished authors. All submissions must be previously unpublished.
Stories may be any length up to 800 words. Indicate the word count in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of your manuscript.
No crime, violence, or derogatory humor.
Entries not accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope will not be returned.
Manuscripts or envelopes should be clearly marked FICTION CONTEST. Those not marked in this way will be considered as regular submissions to Highlights.
The three winning entries will be purchased by Highlights and announced on Highlights.com in June 2014. All other submissions will be considered for purchase by Highlights.
For more information: Highlights 2014 Fiction Contest
Wooden Horse Magazine asks an intellectual property attorney to explain copyright.