"Raises the shade on the editor's door and gives writers
a look at what really goes into those decisions to accept
(or—sob!—reject) a manuscript. A motivational must-read for any children's writer dreaming of bylines and bucks!"
Mary Lou Carney, Author and former Editor of Guideposts for Kids
The reaction to the book has been electric. New writers and veteran editors alike have been singing its praises.
It's easy to understand the reasons why editors praise the book: First-Time Authors gives readers the full story behind 64 glorious first-time publishing successes.
Since you are a valued member of the Institute's family, we invite you to make good use of these inspiring success stories from fellow writers.
What it is
The hallmark of First-Time Authors is that these authors tell you how they replaced their writing dreams with published realities. They detail the mistakes, dead ends, frustrations, and anxieties they experienced, and you learn how you might avoid these same pitfalls.
They explain how they generated their ideas, how they revised and rewrote, how they adapted to an editor's needs and style, and how they finally achieved that breakthrough success. Each author takes you through the step-by-step process they used, what worked, what didn't work, and why. For example, you'll learn . . .
There are 64 real-life publishing success stories in this exclusive collection. You'll learn hard-won lessons from a dentist, a pilot, a scientist, a legal assistant, an accountant, a school principal, an office worker, a librarian, an artist, a piano teacher, and many others. They are all different, yet they all shared one dream: to break into print.
Now they are sharing the secrets of their successes. You'll benefit from taking specific clues and directions as well as generous doses of inspiration and motivation from these heart-warming real-life success stories.
What it isn't
There are hundreds of writers' how-to books published each year. Many of them are for children's writers. But all they give you is one professional and accomplished author's plan for success, based on his or her own personal experience. That's one road map. Maybe it will apply to you. Maybe it won't.
But with First-Time Authors' 64 success stories, you'll find a lot that may apply to you. You'll glean a nugget here that will apply to you as a writer, a nugget there that will relate to your story, and then another nugget that helps target a publisher. Pretty soon you'll have drawn your own road map for success . . . and you will be off and running.
Our 64 authors' stories and articles strongly demonstrate that there's more than one "right way" for a new writer to break through and achieve that initial publishing success. From our years of working with emerging authors we know for a fact that there are almost as many ways to break into print as there are writers.
We knew that the stories first-time authors had to tell would fill a need so widespread and so unfulfilled by other books on the market that we were truly excited by the opportunity to bring these inspiring stories together, to make them available to writers who have that yearning to get published and want to learn more about how it can be done.
We think we've done it. Many editors agreed with us and wanted to include their
perspectives on how these writers broke through. So not only do you get the authors' stories behind the stories, you will benefit greatly from the insights that the editors who bought these stories and articles have to share.
These editors reveal . . .
You'll be on the inside
You'll be sitting at the desks of these editors as they explain why they accepted a manuscript while rejecting others—what meshes with their editorial wants and what does not; what worked and what needed work on the manuscript they received; what the spark was that attracted them to the piece and why they decided to work with the author on polishing it for publication; how the revision process worked; how and why they decided to mentor this previously unpublished writer through to success.
Of course, each of the 64 stories and articles representing the authors' first published pieces are also presented in full, often with original artwork. You'll be able to relate the author and editor commentary directly to the final piece. It's a great way to measure your own ideas and manuscripts against known yardsticks of first successes.
If you're still not sure—read on
"Although I've been writing and publishing for several years, I've found I can never get enough encouragement or knowledge, which is why I purchased this book," says Denise Dewald of Michigan. "I certainly haven't been disappointed!"
"I love First-Time Authors!" says Jennifer Smith of Texas. "This is one of the most helpful books I've been able to get my hands on!"
"I found the book to be most helpful," reports Alice Uvanvile of
Ontario. "Now I have a better knowledge of what editors are
looking for and what authors did to attract their attention."
"I've been hesitant about submitting my work, even though my ICL instructor
has said several are ready," says Alice Miller of New York. "This book has
given me encouragement to submit."
"I could hardly put this collection of stories down . . . My 'idea vault'
is bulging at the seams, thanks to this motivating and inspiring book,"
writes Melody Friesen of Saskatchewan.
If you want to learn more about being a freelance writer, order First-Time Authors now.
C. Judith Brunstad
for the Institute of Children's Literature
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