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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Institute Publications; First edition (August 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889715476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889715476
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #937,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Over my long span working as an editor, I've discovered that the greatest barrier to publication is the author's satisfaction with a first draft . . . Sandy Asher's marvelous book, with more than two dozen successful authors and editors speaking to you, will change that. I know of no single tool for writers that will have the impact of Writing It Right." --Kent L. Brown Jr., Executive Director of the Highlights Foundation, Inc.

"This book is a must-must-read for writers . . . In story after story, through draft after draft, successful authors explain the changes they made, and experienced editors weigh in from the other side of the desk. On a personal note, I put stickies on 23 pages for future reference when I get stuck." --Barbara Robinson, author of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

"This is a must-read for anyone interested in a writer's creative process. Proving that writing is revising, Asher demonstrates the fine-tuning writers do to move a story from rough draft to a polished finish. Trust me, a veteran of Sandy Asher writing workshops--if you apply her Nine Essential Questions to your own stories, you might be surprised to find how close you ve come to 'writing it right.'" --Jan Greenberg, award-winning author of books for young readers, including Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond

About the Author

Sandy Asher is the editor of five collections of fiction and the author of more than 20 books for young readers, among them the award-winning Too Many Frogs! and its companion book, What a Party! As Sandra Fenichel Asher, she's also published close to three dozen plays and has been honored with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Charlotte Chorpenning Award. She has taught creative writing and led writing workshops for Drury University, the Institute of Children's Literature, SCBWI, and the Highlights Foundation.

More About the Author

Sandy Asher grew up in Philadelphia, PA, and now lives in Lancaster, PA, with husband Harvey, dog Rudy, and cat Friday. After Philly and before Lancaster, she and her family lived in Springfield, MO, where she wrote many of her award-winning books and plays (as Sandra Fenichel Asher), ran Good Company Theatre for All Ages, and served as Drury University's writer-in-residence and Missouri Regional Advisor and national board member for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. In Lancaster, Sandy has kept busy organizing and participating in programs for the Lancaster Public Library, the Lancaster Literary Guild, the Lancaster Day Care Center, New Choices, and other organizations. Sandy enjoys visiting schools and has taught writing workshops for all ages -- K-12, adult, and multigenerational -- from Anchorage, Alaska, to St. Petersburg, Florida. Little known fact: "Fenichel" is pronounced FENN eh shell. Easy when you know how! Visit Sandy at

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By lover of children's books on March 29, 2010
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How often do we hear about the importance of revision? All the time!
How often do we get to see it in practice? Almost never . . . until now.
WRITING IT RIGHT shows early and often mid-revisions along with the final published work so writers can see the changes made and understand the reasons why. A must for all writers, especially those who think they're hit a home run with the first draft. Thank you Sandy and all the writers who were willing to share their dirty underwear so others can understand the important revising process.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Frase on July 25, 2010
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I found a goldmine in this book. Sandy has compiled a writer's workshop and teacher's toolbox in one. As a writer, I get to see other writer's revision process from beginning to end. As a teacher I now have a tool to show my students how writers revise. This book should be in every writing teacher's classroom and every writer's hands. She not only includes published writing from draft to finish, but revision notes as well. She devised 9 essential questions to consider during revision. I am so excited about this book. It is a rich resource!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Bond on November 29, 2010
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This book was written for anyone who is learning or teaching the revision process. Takes the mystery out of editing any piece of writing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kristi Holl on March 27, 2011
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How do published authors take an "okay" manuscript and turn it into something that grabs an editor? And after that, how do they work with editors to incorporate yet more changes? Look no further for your answers than Sandy Asher's new book, Writing It Right!: How Successful Children's Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories. It's a gold mine.

Whether you're writing picture books or middle grade or young adult novels, Writing It Right! (400 pages!) will show you how to pinpoint your weak areas-and how to fix them. Sandy uses nine essential questions to guide you through the process. Each question is critical to creating a solid manuscript.

In the book, each story (full picture book or a chapter from a longer work) is analyzed in several ways. You'll see before and after versions. The before version highlights areas that need work. The after version shows the changes.

In another section, you will see the actual line edits that brought about the changes. This includes the type of detailed comments an editor at a publishing house might make after accepting your manuscript. You will also see several versions as the author works through the problems and issues, ending with the version that was published.

Sandy knows her stuff. She's had more than twenty books for children published, has edited five collections of fiction, and has published well over thirty plays. My girls read her books growing up, and I've seen a couple of her plays produced, and they're excellent. This is a "must have" book.
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