Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Book Round-Up. Writers/Bloggers/Authors, this is for you. Writers are always looking for ways to improve our skills as well as write faster, better and for today’s market. I gathered the top eleven best writing reference books from Amazon for you to peruse. They sound fantastic and have added them all to my TBR (to be read) list.
How to Write a Children’s Book: Tips on how to write and publish a book for kids or writing children’s books by an award-winning author of the Amazon Bestseller How to Promote Your Children’s Book by Katie Davis (Editor), Jan Fields (Editor) [FREE as of January 12, 2017]
Do You Want to Know How to Write a Children’s Book?
Have you ever said, “I’ve always wanted to write a book for kids!” but then never got around to it? Maybe you didn’t know where to start, or how to get a good idea. Now you can start to write your book for children when you read How to Write a Children’s Book, brought to you by the Institute of Children’s Literature.
There are so many different kinds of children’s books, from picture books to chapter books, middle grade novels, and young adult, it’s hard to know which way to go. Should you decide you’re going to write for a particular age group and then come up with an idea that fits them? Or should you decide to write a story or article about a particular idea, then choose the age group that’s right for it? Almost anything can become a nonfiction topic for young readers, given their curiosity and appetite for facts about the world around them. But each topic has to be aimed at the right readership. You’ll have a much better handle on all this and more once you read the chapter “How Old Is Your Reader?”
How to Write a Children’s Book Will Start You on Your Way to Being an Author
Whether you you want to have a full-blown career writing children’s books, be traditionally publish, self-publish, or simply want one book to hand down to your own children and grandkids, How to Write a Children’s Book will help you.
Here’s What You’ll Learn from How to Write a Children’s Book:
Where Do You Get Your Ideas? Bestselling children’s authors like Judy Blume, R.L. Stine, Jane Yolen and more share their answers. You’ll find out how to know when an idea is worth following, and how to write a smart book.
How to figure out which readership is right for you.
How to target and hit the mark with your reader and make sure you’re writing to the right age.
How to get going, using writing prompts provided
How to get to know your main character
How to plot a great story
What editors wish writers knew
Five good tools that can get you into bad trouble
Whether you’re a first time or advanced writer, you’ll love how inspirational and educational How to Write a Children’s Book is, and how much it helps you! All the way to the very end, where you’ll find
- Your Organization Checklist
- Character and Settings Checklist
- Sentence Structure Checklist
The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author’s Tips on Writing Children’s Books and Publishing Them, or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids (Kidwriting 1) by Aaron Shepard (Author)
#1 AMAZON.COM BESTSELLER IN PUBLISHING & BOOKS (NOV. 2013)
#1 AMAZON.COM BESTSELLER IN AUTHORSHIP REFERENCE (OCT. 2013)
******#1 KINDLE (US) BESTSELLER IN WRITING SKILLS (NOV. 2013)******
AMAZON.COM’S ALL-TIME BESTSELLING GUIDE TO CHILDREN’S WRITING
Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children’s author — or even if you’re well on your way — this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books.
Topics include common myths about children’s writing, children’s book categories, elements of successful stories, manuscript format, submission strategies, contract negotiation, the publishing process, career building, and children’s writer resources. Also included are specialized subjects such as querying for multiple manuscripts, promoting a first book, and self publishing.
Read “The Business of Writing for Children” to learn the secrets you might spend years discovering for yourself.
Aaron Shepard is the author of “The Legend of Lightning Larry,” “The Baker’s Dozen,” and sixteen more picture books and early readers, along with several chapter books for middle grades, extensive resources for storytelling and reader’s theater, and a graphic novel. His publishers have included Atheneum, Scribners, Clarion, Lothrop, Dial, and HarperCollins, as well as Cricket and Australia’s School Magazine. Aaron’s work has been honored by the American Library Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Folklore Society, The New York Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education. He has been a judge for the Golden Kite Awards of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
“BRAVO! I thought it had pretty much all been said, but I was wrong. All the nuts and bolts are here as well as rules that bear repeating, PLUS insights not usually found in how-to books. Clearly and concisely written, this is an invaluable resource for both beginning and more accomplished writers.” — Susan Pearson, Editor-in-Chief, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
“Aaron Shepard has written one of the most comprehensive guides available to anyone wishing to enter the competitive field of children’s books. It’s all here, from initial idea to successful sale, and then beyond to the essentials of contracts, promotion, and the ABCs of building a successful career. If you’re starting out, start out here.” — Stephen Mooser, children’s author
“Here’s clearly-written, no-nonsense help for children’s writers by a craftsman. Every fledgling author should own this book.” — Stephen Fraser, Executive Editor, Aladdin Paperbacks
“Aaron Shepard’s The Business of Writing for Children is a wonderful resource. His experience-based insights into the art and business of children’s writing will save beginning writers years of wasted effort — and help published writers achieve long-term success.” — Kathleen Duey, children’s author
“The Business of Writing for Children is a one-stop shopping center, a complete how-to-do-it guide for the writer who wants a jump-start on looking professional even though he/she may be turning out a first book. Editors will love you if you do it Shepard’s way.” — Audrey Baird, Editor, Once Upon A Time
“A clear, concise, straight-ahead starting place for a new writer or a newly-published writer. Shepard knows his stuff!” — Jane Yolen, children’s author and editor
“I carry around a file folder of materials which I share with unpublished writers and illustrators. This book is so comprehensive, I plan to replace my file folder with it. Whether you are a novice or a professional, The Business of Writing for Children needs to be in your library. DON’T write a book without it!” — Leslie Tryon, children’s author/illustrator
Writing Romance: The Top 100 Best Strategies For Writing Romance Stories (Romance Stories Book & Novel Writing Guide) by Alessandra Bancroft (Author)
Break Into The Biggest, Most Lucrative Writing Genre of Them All!
Are you looking to get into publishing and increase your chances of becoming a successful author? Why not start with romance? Romance is the most popular and best-selling genre of all fiction stories, accounting for the majority of all book royalties in the United States. Anybody can write and publish a romance book with just a good word processor, some great ideas, and some passion! Although the romance writing market competition is fierce, that shouldn’t stop you from getting your ideas out to the world!
This book covers an incredible variety of romance writing strategies, techniques and secrets that can help you climb to the top of the rankings. Even if you already have the next best idea for romance, it is equally as important to write a well-structured, well-planned book! In this helpful guide you will discover exactly what you need to do, step-by-step, in order to be successful.
Learn how to take your idea from good to Great and start earning Royalties Now!
Here Is A Preview Of What You’ll Discover…
Things to Do to Prepare For Romance Writing
How to Pick the Right Subgenre of Romance
The Importance of Your Setting
How To Write Stunning Dialogue and Love Scenes
The 5 Key Elements of Romance Writing
The Roles of Your Hero and Heroine
How to Develop Unique Characters
Romance Story Goals and Ideas
How to Write The Ending Your Readers Want
Much, much more!
What are you waiting for? If you are still reading this you are obviously motivated to get all the benefits this book has to offer. Stop thinking and take ACTION.
Travel Writing 2.0 (Second Edition): Earning Money From Your Travels in the New Media Landscape by Tim Leffel (Author)
Completely revised edition of the ground-breaking travel writing book that provides a road map to success in the digital age. It dives headlong into the entrepreneurial world of blogging and digital books, while still acknowledging the real money to be made in declining print forms. Drawing on interviews and survey responses from more than 100 successful travel writers and bloggers, this is the definitive guide to creating success instead of waiting for permission.
Generating Story Ideas: Tips and Techniques to Hatch Book Ideas from Scratch by Rachel Shane (Author)
Need an idea for your next novel? Or maybe you’re blocked on where to start? This writing guide will show you how to generate story ideas out of thin air using a variety of tried and true techniques. Each technique includes an exercise you can try yourself. The methods work for any genre! You can also use these tips and tricks to combat writer’s block or help you dive deeper into a scene to make it come alive. Inside the book, you’ll learn: – Fool proof methods for finding inspiration when nothing inspires you – Tons of different techniques to quickly help you generate ideas, including the X meets Y method, using targeted research to hatch an idea, combining tropes or formulas to prompt a unique idea, the What If method, and loads more! – Examples of ideas generated from the various techniques to illustrate just how easy they are. – Over seventeen easy exercises to help you come up with a new idea from scratch – Instructions on how to write an effective, hooky log line – Methods for expanding your log line into a full length pitch or blurb to help you raise stakes and enhance conflict – Tips and tricks for taking your initial premise and fleshing out the idea into scenes, chapters, and a full outline – Tactics for writing an effective first draft based on your new idea Other books give you writing prompts with pre-written ideas, this book empowers you with the tools you need to create your own ideas!
How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis: A Step-by-Step System for Enticing New Readers, Selling More Fiction, and Making Your Books Sound Good by Bryan Cohen (Author)
Struggling to find new readers? Learn how a compelling synopsis can make your book fly off the digital shelves!
Do you hate writing blurbs? Do you wish there was an easier way to summarize your novel and get more sales in the process? Author and copywriter Bryan Cohen’s book descriptions have hit both the Kindle Store’s Top 50 and the USA Today Bestseller list. Let him show you exactly how to craft the copy you need to hook new readers.
After writing hundreds of book descriptions for other authors and helping thousands with informative training, Bryan has learned what all the best book synopses have in common. Through easy-to-follow tips and helpful examples in a variety of genres, How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis gives you the tools you need to get a steady stream of online book browsers to click the Buy button every single day.
In this book, you’ll discover:
How to simplify your plot to create a short, engaging synopsis
Why using certain words can make customers fall in love with your story
How to shed unnecessary subplots and make writing your blurb a joy instead of a chore
The step-by-step system for writing and editing your synopsis for rhythm, momentum, and clarity
Why you need a synopsis cliffhanger, and much, much more!
Finally, you no longer have to take on the challenge of copywriting alone. With a more intriguing synopsis in place, all your future promotions, ads, and marketing campaigns can perform significantly better. You want more readers to buy your books, and Bryan’s system is a great way to make it a reality.
If you like detailed writing guides, plenty of examples, and a touch of humor, then you’ll love Bryan Cohen’s look behind the scenes at how he creates copy that sells.
Buy How to Write a Sizzling Synopsis today to get new readers excited to buy your books!
Outlining Your Novel Workbook: Step-by-Step Exercises for Planning Your Best Book (Helping Writers Become Authors 2) by K.M. Weiland (Author)
Learn How to Make Your First Draft Easy!
Award-winning author K.M. Weiland’s previous book, the bestselling Outlining Your Novel, showed writers how to embrace outlines in a way that makes the writing process fun, inspiring, and easy.
Now it’s time to put those lessons to use! Building upon the principles you’ve already learned, the Outlining Your Novel Workbook presents a guided approach to getting the bones of your story down on paper, identifying plot holes, and brainstorming exciting new possibilities.
Containing hundreds of incisive questions and imagination-revving exercises, this valuable resource will show you how to:
Create your own personalized outlining process
Brainstorm premise and plot ideas
Discover your characters
Choose and create the right settings
Organize your scenes
And so much more!
This accessible and streamlined workbook will empower you to create a powerful outline—and an outstanding novel. Start writing your best book today!
Shoot Your Novel: Cinematic Techniques to Supercharge Your Writing (The Writer’s Toolbox Series) by C. S. Lakin (Author)
Want to write a visually powerful novel? Shoot Your Novel takes an in-depth look at cinematic technique for fiction writers. No other writing craft book teaches you the secret of how to “show, don’t tell.”
Best-selling authors of every genre know the secret to hooking readers—by showing, not telling, their story. But writers are not taught how to “show” scenes in a cinematic way. Without a clear, concise, and precise method for constructing dynamic scenes, a writer will likely end up with a flat, lifeless novel.
Filmmakers, screenwriters, and movie directors utilize cinematic technique to create visual masterpieces, and novelists can too—by adapting their methods in their fiction writing.
By “shooting” your novel, you can supercharge your story!
Sol Stein, in his book Stein on Writing said, “Readers, transformed by film and TV, are used to seeing stories. The reading experience . . . is increasingly visual.” Novelists today—regardless of genre—need to learn cinematic storytelling because that’s what readers want!
Inside, you’ll learn:
The real secret to “show, don’t tell” and how it’s all about “the moment”
More than a dozen “camera shots” novelists can borrow from screenwriters and directors to create powerful, active scenes
Instruction on how to piece camera shots together to create cinematic scene segments
Examples from novels and screenplays showcasing each facet of cinematic technique
How to devise a thematic image system of key shots, motifs, and images
Ways to use colors, shapes, sounds, and angles for purposeful subliminal effect
Shooting your novel with a filmmaker’s eye will transform your good novel into a great one and will change forever the way you approach constructing your scenes. No other book gives you such deep, thorough instruction in cinematic storytelling for fiction writing.
Here’s what some best writing instructors and best-selling authors have to say about this essential novel writing book:
“With such an extensive amount of experience in the screenwriting process (since childhood), it comes as no surprise that C. S .Lakin writes with a trustworthy authority and wealth of insight when it comes to the craft of building dynamic scenes within novels. The pace and flow of Shoot Your Novel makes it easy to follow and the various tips and pointers strewn throughout are succinct. Of particular note is the smart curation of novel excerpts, authors, and filmmakers she cites as examples for the tips she suggests. If you have trouble understanding some of the pointers/tips theoretically, the excerpts always make it more clear. Having myself adapted The War of the Roses for both film and stage I can say that I have actually used quite a few of the techniques Lakin discusses and the one I like the most is the use of portraying “daydreaming” when writing from the POV of a character, effectively blending past, present, and future in one single scene—there is a lot of this going on in The War of the Roses and it is one of the aspects of the story flow that has made the rendering of the character a success. Well worth the read!” —Warren Adler, best-selling author of The War of the Roses and Random Hearts
“With Shoot Your Novel, Susanne Lakin does something wonderful and unique. While lots of us in the business of helping writers and storytellers recommend adding vivid images to scenes, Lakin goes much further to reveal how employing the tools and techniques of movie directing, editing and cinematography will give your fiction deeper meaning and greater emotional impact. Her book is an essential tool for any serious novelist.” —Michael Hauge, Hollywood screenwriting coach, author of
Writing Screenplays That Sell
Write Faster, Write Smarter (4 Book Series) by Chris Fox
From Book 1: 5,000 words an hour. Total BS, right? Check the reviews and you’ll see that some people exceed that. Those that don’t still write faster and more consistently after reading this book. It really works.
The fastest way to succeed as an author is to write more books. How do you do that with a day job, family, school or all your other time commitments? The secret is efficiency.
5K WPH will help you maximize your writing time by building effective habits that both measure and increase your writing speed.
It’s time to shift your writing into high gear. Write Faster, Write Smarter!
“A lot of people talk about writing faster. Chris Fox takes action. His new book and the corresponding app will help you to train yourself up to finish your first draft copy in less time. It’s such a helpful tool that could really change the game for authors. I just wish I’d thought of it first!”- Bryan Cohen, best-selling Author of Ted Saves the World, and co-host of the Sell More Books Show
Emotional Beats: How to Easily Convert your Writing into Palpable Feelings (Author Tools Book 1) by Nicholas C. Rossis (Author) [I’m reading this now and it’s incredible!]
Because of the way our brains are wired, readers empathize more strongly if you don’t name the emotion you are trying to describe. As soon as you name an emotion, readers go into thinking mode. And when they think about an emotion, they distance themselves from feeling it.
A great way to show anger, fear, indifference, and the whole range of emotions that characterize the human experience, is through beats. These action snippets that pepper dialogue can help describe a wide range of emotions, while avoiding lazy writing. The power of beats lies in their innate ability to create richer, more immediate, deeper writing.
This book includes hundreds of examples that you can use for your inspiration, so that you, too, can harness this technique to easily convert your writing into palpable feelings.
47 Mind Hacks for Writers: Master the Writing Habit in 10 Minutes Or Less and End Writer’s Block and Procrastination for Good by Karen Dimmick (Author), Steve Dimmick (Author)
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Has writer’s block or procrastination stopped you writing?
Is your inner critic sabotaging your success and making you think your writing is dreadful and no one would ever read it?
Imagine, no more procrastinating. No more interruptions. No more feeling you’re not good enough to be the writer you long to be. No more conflicts with family. No more writer’s block.
Awareness + Solution = Mind Hack
Rather than “feel good inspiration”, 47 Mind Hacks for Writers takes you through the simple steps you need to shift your mindset so you can write on your terms.
We asked over 100 writers what their biggest obstacles were around writing. This book gives you a mind hack for each one.
DISCOVER 47 Mind Hacks that Will Make You a More Productive Writer
The book will help you:
Put an end to writer’s block… forever
Uncover the real reason you’re procrastinating and start writing today
Discover a fun way to get your family to help you reach your writing goals
Stop feeling like you’re not good enough
Shut down the overly-critical self-talk that holds you back
Karen & Steve Dimmick have been using belief change techniques, coaching and Neuro-Linguistics since 2004, and have been helping authors since 2007.
“Essential reading for writers ready to go pro.” – Tom Morkes, CEO of Insurgent Publishing
You know what life hacking is, now it’s time to hack your mind, get out of your own way and be the writer you know you can be.
DOWNLOAD 47 Mind Hacks for Writers, today, and get back in control of your writing life!
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MRS N, Book Addict