Websites of interest to writers
Complete Planet (website of specialized databases and search engines)
Language translations (brief passages)
Check word counts of books www.amazon.com (click on ‘inside this book’)
Historical newspaper archives
Sites for online images
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.”