Wednesday Book Review: Go Teen Writers

Name: Go Teen Writers
Publisher: Self-Published
Publishing Date: 2013
Authors: Stephanie Morrill and Jill Wilson
Source: The Kindle Store
Back Cover: The question we hear most from new writers is, “How do I get published?”
And the answer is: Respect your dream

Every writer’s journey is different, yet as we’ve reflected on our experiences and those of the writers around us, we’ve seen time and time again that those who are successful are the ones who had the patience and endurance to stick with this writing thing. They didn’t look for shortcuts (at least, not for long), nor did they quit after five, ten, or one hundred rejections.
We can’t make the process easy for you, but it’s our hope that this book will be a tool you can turn to time and time again when you’re thinking, “Okay … what’s next?”
Includes tips for:
-Getting published
-Finding the right agent
-Book surgery
-Thicker plots
-Deeper characters
-Richer settings
-Weaving in theme
-Dealing with people who don’t get your writing

I discovered Jill Wilson and Stephanie Morrill’s blog, Go Teen Writers, and stumbled upon a wealth of writing knowledge. When I saw that they wrote a book, I purchased it immediately on my Kindle. It’s mostly about editing and publishing, but some of their tips have helped me write the first draft of my novel. All the advice is thoughtful, well-articulated, and organized. It’s helpful for not only teens, but tweens and adults alike.
Go Teen Writers gives readers step by step detailed advice for editing. It starts with the Macro edit, editing the big stuff like plot, continues on with the Micro edit, tackling the smaller but no less important stuff, like grammar, dialogue, and showing not telling, and ends the editing process with some advice on getting critique partners, receiving critiques, and giving critiques.
Next the authors go into publishing, starting with how to behave like a pro before you are, how to put yourself out there, querying, making a book proposal, and dealing with rejection. It gives you their experiences with rejection, and how they got published.
At the back the authors include checklists, lists, and questions to help you when you’re editing. They also include bonus articles about their writing schedules and the answers to questions they’ve gotten over the years.
My favorite chapter was probably Chapter 20: The Publishing Industry Decoded. It walks the through the publishing process, from when the agent submits a book proposal to first book signing, and everything in between, each step thoroughly detailed.
This was a very insightful and inspirational book, it changed the way I write my first drafts and the way I edit, and I recommend it to everyone. I give it five stars.
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