Writer Resources

Websites of interest to writers

Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators

The Author’s Guild

Library of Congress

Colossal Directory of Children’s Publishing

Children’s Book Council

National Writing for Children Center 

Complete Planet (website of specialized databases and search engines)

Language translations (brief passages)

Agent Query

American Library Association

www.history.org

Word Pirate  www.thewordpirate.com

A Research Guide for Students

Webster’s Guide to Grammar and Style 

Public Libraries

www.write4kids.com

The Institute of Children’s Literature

World Almanac for Kids

www.freelancerights.com

www.organizedwriter.com

www.wordreference.com

Writers Market  www.writersmarket.com

Diaries

Check word counts of books www.amazon.com (click on ‘inside this book’)

Historical newspaper archives

www.newspaperarchive.com

www.writersmarket.com

www.fundsforwriters.com

www.childrensauthorsnetwork.com 

www.earlyamerica.com

www.middleweb.com

www.livescience.com

www.googlescholar.com

www.smithsonian.com

Sites for online images

loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html

www.imagesonline.bl.uk

www.archives.gov 

www.calisphere.universityofcalifornia.edu

www.picapp.com

www.istockphoto.com (public domain photos)

Recommended Books for Writers( in no particular order)

Essentials of English: a practical handbook covering all the rules of English grammar and writing style

The Elements of Style (Strunk and White, 2000)

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books (Harold D. Underdown, 2004)

Bird by Bird (Ann Lamott, 1994)

The Giblin Guide to Writing Children’s Books (James Cross Giblin, 2005)

Children’s Writer’s Word Book (Alijandra Mogilner & Tayopa Mogilner- Writer’s Digest Books)

Take Joy: A Writers Guide to Loving the Craft (Jane Yolen, 2006)

Write the Perfect Book Proposal (Jeff Herman and Deborah Herman, 2001)

Eats, Shoots & Leaves (Lynne Truss, 2003)

On Writing Well (William Zinsser, 2006)

Cite Right (Charles Lipson, 2006)

Writer’s First Aid (Kristi Holl, 2003)

Picture Writing (Anastasia Suen, 2003)

How to Write a Children’s Picture Book-three volumes (Eve Heidi Bine-Stock, 2006)

The Writer’s Journey (Christopher Vogler, 1998)

From Pen to Print: The Secrets of Getting Published Successfully (Ellen Kozak, 1990)

Searching: A Research Guide for Writers (The Institute, Inc. 2000)

Children’s Writer Guide to 2009 (new addition annually) (Writer’s Institute Publications)

The Magazine Article: How to Think it, Plan it, Write it (Peter Jacobi, 1991)

Writing Down the Bones (Natalie Goldberg, 2005)

From Inspiration to Publication (Institute of Children’s Literature)

Writing for Children and Getting Published (Allan Frewin Jones & Lesley Pollinger, 1996)

Word Magic: Your Source for Language that Enchants, Empowers, Confinces, and Wins Readers (Cindy Rogers, 2004)

You Can Write Children’s Books (Tracey E. Dils, 1998)

The Anatomy of Story (John Truby, 2007)

Advice for Writers 

  • Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read. And don’t forget to READ! This is exercise for your writing muscles.
  • Be attentive.
  • Be curious.
  • Be relentless.
  • Ignore naysayers.
  • When somebody says “Anybody can write a children’s book,” challenge them to   try it. With a deadline and a designated word count.
  • Invest the time and energy. Even writers have to “pay their dues.”