Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Finished Book
Review by Sarah Faulkner
IÃ¢â?¬â?¢ve been a follower of the blog, Go Teen Writers, maintained by the authors of this book for several years. I was worried IÃ¢â?¬â?¢d learned pretty much all they had to teach me. I was very wrong!
Go Teen Writers: How to Turn Your First Draft into a Finished Book is the perfect book for any young writer. If theyÃ¢â?¬â?¢re a teen, college student, or just new to the craft, this is a great how-to book and manual.
For someone who has read several grammar books, take a creative class and a grammar class, and been writing for four years, some of the first chapters werenÃ¢â?¬â?¢t as helpful. However, this is because the target of this book is someone who is a little newer to the craft. I think if IÃ¢â?¬â?¢d read this book a year or two ago, I would have had a lot more to learn from the first few chapters.
But after those, I found a gold mine. Chapter 14 had a helpful reminder on formatting, and the whole section on Ã¢â?¬Å?Editing Issues that donÃ¢â?¬â?¢t happen on the Page,Ã¢â?¬Â? was wonderful.
And then I got to the section on publishing. IÃ¢â?¬â?¢ve read several books and dozens of articles on publishing, and this still taught me a lot. IÃ¢â?¬â?¢ve read a whole book on book proposals, but that book was written for non-fiction writers and didnÃ¢â?¬â?¢t help me very much. I hadnÃ¢â?¬â?¢t been able to find a good source of information on fiction book proposals until this book. It only has one chapter on proposals, but I learned more in that one chapter than in half a dozen blog posts and a whole book.
I really appreciated how this book was targeted to teens. I read a few books for writing as a child, but I havenÃ¢â?¬â?¢t been able to find one for teens before this. However, I think that any new writer whoÃ¢â?¬â?¢s looking for some information about the industry will appreciate this book. I know it will be one of my top recommendations from now on.
I highly recommend this book to any writer, young or old. ItÃ¢â?¬â?¢s a great book with a lot of helpful information that I havenÃ¢â?¬â?¢t found elsewhere. I will say, I highly recommend the physical book. This is a book youÃ¢â?¬â?¢ll want to flip through, highlight, and have handy all the time. I originally got the e-book and have since also gotten the hard copy.show more
by Sarah Faulkner