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A Young Authors Bookshelf

Good Books for Getting Into Writing and Publishing as a Kid

By Aaron Shepard

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Copyright © 1998–2002, 2014 Aaron Shepard. May be freely copied and shared for any noncommercial purpose as long as no text is altered or omitted.

Here are just a few books that will help young authors. Most links are for more info at Amazon.com, an affiliate of this site.

A Teen’s Guide to Getting Published: Publishing for Profit, Recognition, and Academic Success, by Jessica Dunn and Danielle Dunn, Prufrock Press, 2006. A wide-ranging guide to opportunities for teens to publish.

The Young Writer’s Guide to Getting Published, Sixth Edition, by Kathy Henderson, Writer’s Digest Books, 2001. Tells you all the magazines and contests that accept writing from young authors, and also gives a lot of practical advice. (Formerly called the Market Guide for Young Writers.)

Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market, Writer’s Digest, annual. Though mostly for adults, this book also includes a section of publications looking for writing by young authors.

To Be a Writer: A Guide for Young People Who Want to Write and Publish, by Barbara Seuling, Twenty-First Century Books, 1997. An introduction to writing and publishing, by the author of a book on children’s writing that I used myself!

What’s Your Story?: A Young Person’s Guide to Writing Fiction, by Marion Dane Bauer, Clarion, 1992. About all the elements of writing a good story. By a popular children’s author.

The Elements of Style, Third Edition, by William Strunk, Jr., and E. B. White, Allyn & Bacon, 1995. How to write simply and directly. That’s something almost every writer needs to learn, and countless writers have been helped by this book.

The Synonym Finder, by J. I. Rodale, Warner Books, 1991 (revised edition). Every writer needs a thesaurus to help find the very best words. This one is way ahead of the rest!

How to Write, Recite, and Delight in Your Own Poetry, by Joy Hulme and Donna Guthrie, Millbrook, 1996. A good introduction to writing poetry, by two children’s authors.

The Young Author’s Do-It-Yourself Book: How to Write, Illustrate, and Produce Your Own Book, by Donna Guthrie and Nancy Bentley, Millbrook, 1994. Publish your writing yourself!

Book-Write: A Creative Bookmaking Guide for Young Authors, by Michelle O’Brien-Palmer and Shannon Rubin, Micnik, 1992. Another guide to making your own books.

How a Book Is Made, by Aliki, HarperTrophy, 1988 (picture book). Follows this popular author-illustrator through the stages of creating and publishing one of her books.

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