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Product Details

  • Series: Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 6 edition (June 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582970572
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582970578
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Gr 6 Up-Even though this is a new edition, too much of the material is dated or in need of editing to make it useful. One chapter from the fifth edition, "Opportunities Online," was eliminated and some of its information incorporated into other sections. This caused renumbering of chapters, which is not consistently reflected in the references found in the text. Short inserts entitled "Author's Tips" are found at the tops of some pages, in the middle of sentences, and almost always interfere with the text's flow. Some do not correlate to the information they interrupt. The first section is about writing, marketing, getting published, and preparing manuscripts, and gives answers to questions that young writers have asked. There is some good advice here but it is buried in excess wording. The second section contains two chapters of brief biographical information on writers who were published when they were young and editors who publish the work of children. Section three contains a list of 48 magazines that publish the work of young writers; 27 of these entries are new. The subscription price listed for Highlights is less than the one found on their Web site. Of the 58 contests for young writers listed, 27 are new. It's unfortunate that this guide is flawed as there is little else written specifically for young writers. Still, kids can look in their favorite magazines and on the Internet for writing opportunities and submission guidelines.

Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 5-12. The Internet makes it easier for young writers to find an audience for their prose and poetry, but the labyrinthine world of online publishing remains hard to navigate, even for Internet-savvy teens. This book, which supersedes Henderson's Market Guide for Young Writers, includes listings of magazines, contests, and some of the better online publications for young writer's work, even singling out a few that pay. It also answers common questions on subjects ranging from cover letters to the perils of self-publishing. An updated list of contests and magazines that print the work of children and teens will give leads to budding authors. The book also features profiles of young writers who have succeeded in getting published; a profile of Stephen King is accompanied by a story he wrote as a teenager. Kids wanting to sell book-length manuscripts will still need Writer's Marketplace, as Young Writer's Guide doesn't include many book publishers. Nonetheless, it's an important resource for teens angling to be read. John Green
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 15, 2001
Format: Paperback
Kathy Henderson's The Young Writer's Guide To Getting Published is an ideal and highly recommended introduction to the process of how to get a manuscript professionally published. Using Stephen King as an illustrative example, Henderson provides a "nuts and bolts" explanation of the publishing process and provides updated market and contest listings; profiles of professional editors and young writers; offers thorough directions for formatting plays and scripts; answers the most commonly asked questions; details information about local and regional places to submit manuscripts; gives invaluable advice about markets (including contests to avoid); offers a wealth of helpful hinds for developing marketing ability; and offers practical author-based tips, advice, warnings, and resource alerts. If you are a young writer from 8 to 18 who aspires to have your writing published, then give a careful reading to Kathy Henderson's The Young Writer's Guide To Getting Published!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on June 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
This guide is useful to a certain extent. It does go a bit far by saying remember to put your name on the manuscript. Only joking, its brilliant!!!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Thomas on July 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
THE YOUNG WRITER'S GUIDE TO GETTING PUBLISHED is an excellent resource for an aspiring writer. The book gives complete step-by-step instructions for creating and selling writing material and 'breaking in' to the industry. Highlights include personal profiles of young writers (with photos :) ) who have successfully sold their ideas and gotten published. This book is encouraging, positive, and even includes a list of potential markets for young writers. I like the index for easy use. An improvement for a future edition might be to address internet issues (queries via email, internet submissions, internet markets, etc.) in more depth. Overall, nice job!
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