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Back from the Summer

Back from the Summer

Hello all, I never expected to be away from my blog for so long but summer happened–and children and grandchildren and deadlines. I’m back. I hope with more intention to be a regular blogger, but probably just fit it in around the writing. I wrote…

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Who is your market? The book world of children and young adults

Who is your market? The book world of children and young adults

  Children and teen literature is classified in genres. This is not so much on the insistence of the authors, but on the insistence of the marketing department of the publishing houses and on-line distributors. The placement of your book in a certain genre is…

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Must I bother about grammar?

Must I bother about grammar?

Everyone has some gaps in their grammar education. No matter how much grammar was pounded into us in class, we didn’t get it all. We might operate on the principle that if something ‘sounds’ right, it is right. Why it is right is often beyond…

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Reluctant to Start?

Reluctant to Start?

Reluctant to Start? You have an idea. You want to write a book. You are almost afraid to start. You’ve decided which age level you want as your audience. Now what? Once you know what you want to write–fiction, nonfiction, history, adventure–and who your target…

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The framework of a story

The framework of a story

Stories share structural frames. Readers expect a certain framework. Stories have characters, a setting and some kind of plot. Somebody, somewhere, does something. The stories we had read to us children, whether they were about pirates, rabbits or toads, likely revealed a structure of beginning,…

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