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Hi and welcome to group of Aspiring Writers. As a travel writer I have been quite busy writing for my blog, Aspen Real Life, but check in as much as possible to see what you are all up to. Come by and say hello. Also,  find me on Twitter and Facebook.

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Writers' Rumpus blog & 2 writer-themed giveaways

Started by Marianne Knowles Sep 13, 2013. 0 Replies

Hi everyone, I just joined Mom Bloggers. I manage a group blog, Writers' Rumpus, with a focus on writing and illustrating for…Continue

Tags: critique, Rafflecopter, giveaway, books, picture

Happy Birthday to Me Giveaway

Started by Cynthia Tolbert-Wilson Mar 30, 2013. 0 Replies

By this time of the year, we are more than ready for the tilting of the Earth that heralds the spring equinox and better weather. It’s a promise that summer will soon be here.…Continue

Writing & The Road to Publishing

Started by Shana Johnson. Last reply by Rhonda Fischer Jan 2, 2013. 5 Replies

Hi Moms,I own a independent book publishing company and I was thinking about starting some video online sessions or a video online writing group for those who are writing and want some input or want…Continue

Join Nikki Mark, Children's Book Author on Facebook and Twitter

Started by Prerna Malik. Last reply by Emma Kaufmann Mar 13, 2012. 2 Replies

Hi, I am the Social Media Manager for Nikki Mark, author of the popular kids’ book for working moms, Mommy Brings Home the Bacon. We’d love to…Continue

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Comment by Margot Finke on January 17, 2012 at 2:53pm


NEW - Book Trailer for my "Taconi and Claude - Double Trouble," a young teen adventure set in the Aussie outback. 

PLUS - another FREE book is yours with each autographed sale from my website. 

And - link to a VIDEO of me reading from "Taconi and Claude" on my home page.

Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques
http://www.margotfinke.com

Comment by Dawn Odell on January 17, 2012 at 8:27am

Hey there, I own an organization called Angels of Inspiration where I write chilsdrens books, and attach a charity to each book. I also help to publish other local authors under my logo which in turn these authors have their own charities that give back to, Check us out at www.angelsofinspiration.blogspot.com

Comment by Margot Finke on January 9, 2012 at 8:51pm

Kate, Karen is absolutely right.  Kids have short attention spans, and can get lost if you ramble on.  The idea is to paint vivid word pictures using a few powerful yet evocative words.  Leave the details to the illustrator.  Young children find the pictures tell more of the story.  The pictures, when done by a talented and experienced artist, will draw out the nuances of your story for kids to SEE, before they can read the words themselves. 

It also helps them learn to read, by associating certain parts of the pictures with specific words.  The marriage of a wonderful story, with an equally wonderful artist, is what truly classic picture books are all about.

Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques
BOOKS - a Gift for ALL Occasions!
http://www.margotfinke.com

Comment by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on January 9, 2012 at 8:37pm

Kate, Tightening means to reduce your word count - make each word count - use strong verbs and action words, and limit/omit adjectives and adverbs.

Most email services, such as Yahoo, have groups. You can go to their groups page and plug in a keyword for the type of critique group you're looking for.

Also, since your writing about children, you might want to look into the Society of Children's Book Writers and Ilustrators (SCBWI). There's an annual fee, but well worth it. You should be able to find a critique group there.

Comment by Dawn Odell on January 9, 2012 at 11:24am

Angels of Inspiration is an organization promoting page turning self help through my unique childrens book series created to reach out to the younger generation, through inspiration, to empower these young individuals into having strong, confident and positive minds and prepare them for a bright future ahead.

Through Angels of Inspiration I am able to fulfill my passion for helping children as well as give back, to raise funds and aweareness for causes that bennifit children in our community through the sales of our childrens books.

Angels of Inspiration has branched out as Literary Agent, signing new authors to publish their childrens books under my label. This allows us to better create significant synergies so that we can get our message as well as our authors messages out to reach a greater audience.

2011 was a great experience and learning curb and 2012 is going to be even better!

Wish it, dream it, do it..Angels of Inspiration

Comment by Kate Hlava on January 9, 2012 at 7:45am

Thanks for the feed back.  This may seem pretty basic but when you say tightening what exactly does that mean?  Is it too wordy?  I am new at this which I suppose is fairly obvious.  I like the idea of a critique group.  Any suggestions as to how to find one?  Thanks for all the help!

Comment by Karen Cioffi-Ventrice on January 8, 2012 at 7:06pm

Kate, Margot said it all. While I found the post interesting, it did need tightening.

http://karencioffiwritingandmarketing.com

Comment by Margot Finke on January 8, 2012 at 4:13pm

Kate, your article certainly has enough "meat' in it for a terrific mid-grade novel. As an article, it needs some tightening of the wordiness and focus.  If you want to write, I suggest you join a good critique group, with advanced members who write for the same age as you. The comments, suggestions and support from such a group will prove invaluable. And reading the MS of others is also a great way to learn.  It takes time, lots or rewrites and experience to become a published author.  Use your blog as a way to practice writing tight and terrific, while keeping your focus on the main theme.  And remember that determination, patience and talent, plus a little luck, is what finally gets you published!!

Books for Kids - Manuscript Critiques
BOOKS - a Gift for ALL Occasions!
http://www.margotfinke.com

Comment by Kate Hlava on January 8, 2012 at 7:55am

Here is my very favorite post....I am hoping to write a book someday...it is why I started blogging in the first place.  I would love thoughts, comments, criticisms the whole gamut.  Thanks.

http://thrivingdespiteus.blogspot.com/2011_05_11_archive.html

Comment by Trisha Martn on January 6, 2012 at 2:50pm

Been away for a while and just began blogging again yesterday.  Would like to invite you to read the post on my third published book, Trisha's Treasures.  It's quite a gem of a read, at least that's what I've heard.  Looking forward to your comments. 

 

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