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Resources for Great Beginnings Presentation

Below is a list of the resources I shared in my ACFW-Chicago presentation "Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages":

 

Books:

  • Beginnings, Middles and Ends by Nancy Kress (Writer's Digest Books)
  • The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb (Writer's Digest Books)
  • Hooked: Write Fiction that Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton (Writer's Digest Books)
  • Your First Page by Peter Selgin (Serving House Books)
  • Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Crons (Ten Speed Press)

Articles:

Blog posts by former literary agent turned developmental editor
Mary Kole
, author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest Books):

Article listing examples of some BAD ways to start a novel.

If you have any questions about the presentation, you can post them as a comment below or email me via the "Contact" page of this blog.

 

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"Working with Small Presses" Presentation

 

In this blog post, I share some references included in my SCBWI Network Presentation on "Working with Small Presses," the article I wrote for the 2018 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market: 

For articles and sites related to book cover design:

 Resources for finding Small Presses:

Article on Ten Points to Consider When Signing a Book Contract:

  1. Part One: Points 1-5
  2. Part Two: Points 6-10 

My TeachingAuthors interview with Vinspire editor Dawn Carrington  

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Resources for Fountaindale Library Great Beginnings Presentation



Here are links to the online resources I'll be sharing this evening at the Fountaindale Public Library presentation, "Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages":

* Writer's Digest magazine Jan, 2011 article by Elizabeth Sims, "8 Ways to Write a 5-Star Chapter One."
* Article by Bharti Kirchner in The Writer, Dec. 2010, “The Pleasures and Perils of Prologues."

Blog posts by former literary agent Mary Kole, who is also the author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest Books):
“The Promise of the Novel"
“First Lines"
“Fix Your Beginning"

Also, I won't be mentioning this article listing examples of some BAD ways to start a novel tonight, but it may be of interest, too.

If you have any questions about the presentation, you can post them as a comment below or email me via the "Contact" page of this blog.
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