Please welcome author Karen King to The West Corner! She’s here to talk about her new book on writing.
Get Writing: Children’s Fiction
Is your head full of children’s stories?
Will they make a book?
My new publication, Get Writing: Children’s Fiction, is out now to help you break into writing for children.
The aim of this book is to get you writing. It’s full of inspiration, tips and writing exercises for anyone who wants to write children’s fiction. Included are tips from other published writers, useful links and answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask.
Includes chapters on:
- Know-how: the difference between writing for children and writing for adults.
- How to get ideas for your stories from your family, your work and your life – and how to expand those ideas.
- Creating believable characters children will love reading about.
- Writing by the seat of your pants, or plotting? Basic things you need to know for either approach.
- Writing realistic dialogue.
- Writing the first draft
- How to create ‘reel them in’ beginnings, sustain the pace in the middle, and write satisfying endings.
- How to write page-turning chapter endings; keeping continuity when writing series.
- Writing for the educational market.
- Writing a synopsis and a proposal.
- Submitting your work to a publisher or agent.
- Dealing with rejects and rewrites.
- Publicity and marketing.
- Publishing your own work.
Karen King has had over one hundred children’s books published. She’s written for many children’s magazines too including Sindy, Barbie, Winnie the Pooh and Thomas the Tank Engine. She writes for all ages and in all genres; story books, picture books, plays, joke books and non-fiction. As well as her children’s books, Karen has written some short stories for a woman’s magazine and has had two romance novels published under the name of Kay Harborne.
She has a Certificate in Education, a HNC in Media and many years of experience as a writing tutor. She was a part time lecturer on the MA in Professional Writing course and the BA Illustration course at the University College, Falmouth for many years, where she also ran Summer Schools on writing for the children’s market.
She has tutored online for the TrAce Online Writing School, and via correspondence for the Open College of Arts. She now tutors for the Writer’s Bureau and wrote several modules of their ‘Writing for Children’ course and their ‘Write for Profit Using the Internet’ course. She also tutors for The London School of Journalism.
Karen offers private writing tuition and a manuscript appraisal service. Details are on her website.
Author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KarenKingAuthor
Good Reads page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/74448.Karen_King