book ReviewPublisher: Beyond Words Publishing

Audience: 10-14

How I Got It: Personal Purchase

So YOU WANT TO be a writer

About This Book:

Designed to inspire creative expression and help aspiring young writers achieve their dreams, So, You Want to Be a Writer? takes readers through the fulfilling step-by-step process of becoming a professional writer, from learning how to generate ideas to getting published and promoting their work.

Aspiring writers will learn how to tackle writer’s block, improve technique, approach publishers, and more. A detailed list of magazines, websites, contests, and book publishers looking for young authors will keep readers reading with eyes on the prize, while exclusive interviews with bestselling authors and young published writers will keep them engaged and inspired.
So, You Want to Be a Writer? includes exclusive insights from well-known authors, such as the late Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton and fantasy author Amanda Hocking, who self-published her first novels to huge buzz. And profiles on young writers who are out there working right now, from a Vanity Fair blogger to a lyricist give a real-time perspective to the dream profession.

My Review:

In early December, I found this book in (yes, seriously) a toy store and I was immediately smitten. After *ahem* hinting that I wanted it, I received this book as a Christmas gift and read it right away. I really enjoyed this book and I found it very helpful. I already knew much of the information because I have read other how-to guides for young writers, but I still learned plenty!

My favorite feature in this book was the interviews with authors, many of them who are young authors. I enjoyed learning about the different types of jobs available to writers, from being a novelist to book reviewer to non-fiction author or even a songwriter. The interviews also convinced me to attempt different types of writing, even though my efforts haven’t amounted to anything (yet!).

So, You Want To Be a Writer? is written in a kid-friendly style and includes headings, sidebars and Try This! features. The vocabulary is appropriate for 10-14 year olds and even has a glossary at the back for industry terms that kids won’t already know, like acquisitions editor and query letter.

So, You Want To Be a Writer? definitely focuses on the business side of publishing. This book informs young writers about the Where, What and How of submitting work to publishers and  includes sample submission guidelines and an example of a successful query letter. While most of its focus is around submitting to magazines, there is also multiple pages devoted to book publishing. There is little information on the actual writing process, just a What Genre Is Right For You? quiz and a chapter devoted to overcoming writers’ block. If you are looking for a how-to-write book, this isn’t for you.

This non-fiction book is extremely informative, clever and useful and I would recommend it to young writers interested in learning about how to get published. You should most certainly check it out. Four stars! You can purchase it on HERE.

About The Authors

Vicki Hambleton is a verbal tutor for students in grades 9-12. She was a project editor and writer on Benchmark Education, specializing in books for grade K-8. Her writing has appeared in numerous children’s publications including Cobbleston, Calliope, and Footsteps.

Cathleen Greenwood is a teacher, published writer, consultant for the National Council of Teachers of English, and veteran presenter at national and local professional conferences on teaching and writing. She has helped countless students successfully submit writings to magazines, publishers, and contests.

3 Comments on Review: So, You Want to Be a Writer?

  1. Cait
    February 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm (3 years ago)

    I wish I’d had this when I started out writing! It sounds amazing and really helpful. I think that’s awesome that authors are writing and contributing to books so kids can get started too. 🙂

    • Sam
      February 28, 2014 at 12:42 pm (3 years ago)

      I know! It is an amazing book.


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