Sunday, October 9, 2016

Audio Book for Fairy Keeper out October 11th!

The audio book for Fairy Keeper is coming soon and I'm excited to share that it has a new cover!



I love it and thinks it suits the story as much as the book cover!

I'm truly honored, both bthat Tantor Audio chose to produce the audio books for my trilogy, but also that they invested in this beautiful new cover for their audio book. Thank you, Tantor Audio!

Amy

Monday, August 22, 2016

Audio books for World of Aluvia series in development!

I'm thrilled to announce that Tantor Media has acquired the audio book rights to all three of the books in the World of Aluvia series!  Rebecca Gibel will be narrating. You can already see the pages on their site:


release date of October 11, 2016


release date of November 1, 2016




I'm so excited and can't wait to hear them! Thank you to Tantor and Rebecca Gibel for working with my stories. And of course, many thanks to my publisher, Curiosity Quills Press!

I'm honored!

So for those of you who asked if my books would be available on audio...I can now say, "YES!"
Yay!

Amy

Audio books for World of Aluvia series in development!

I'm thrilled to announce that Tantor Media has acquired the audio book rights to all three of the books in the World of Aluvia series!  Rebecca Gibel will be narrating. You can already see the pages on their site:


release date of October 11, 2016


release date of November 1, 2016




I'm so excited and can't wait to hear them! Thank you to Tantor and Rebecca Gibel for working with my stories. And of course, many thanks to my publisher, Curiosity Quills Press!

I'm honored!

So for those of you who asked if my books would be available on audio...I can now say, "YES!"
Yay!

Amy

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Mer-Charmer Sale July 21-22

Exciting news!  Mer-Charmer, Book Two of the World of Aluvia series, is going on sale today, July 21st.  It' is on sale NOW for just 99 cents for the Kindle version on Amazon, going back up on a countdown deal. Already down to 1 day and 21 hours left. It's normally $5.99, so that's a great savings!



If you haven't read book 1, Fairy Keeper, that's okay-- book 2 can stand alone.  Grab your copy!

Any shares would be appreciated.  I'd like to get the news out there so lots of people can take advantage of the great deal!

Thanks!

Amy

Thursday, June 23, 2016

An interview with fantasy author Sharon Bayliss!




Today we are lucky enough to get to visit with Sharon Bayliss, author of the contemporary dark fantasy series, the December People.  She kindly agreed to answer some questions I had about her writing process and her most recent work. So welcome to my very first author interview in the role of the interviewer!  Exciting!  
  
Sharon!  Thank you for joining us today! I admire your work so much, and have lots of questions for you as a writer. Let's get to it!
  • It's hard to balance working full-time, being an author, and being a mom.  What have you found works best for you in terms of juggling your many responsibilities?  Any tips to those who struggle to carve enough time out to write?

Oh yes, it’s been very challenging, especially in the past year when I’ve been working full-time. Although finding time to write is certainly a challenge, my biggest challenge is finding the mental energy. When I write, I am immersed in the story and have difficulty concentrating on anything else. I can’t be like that all the time! :)

So instead of writing a few hundred words when the kids are asleep every night, I’m either “on” or “off.” Most of the time, I do not write at all. When I’m ready to work on my next project, I get immersed and write in all my free moments.

I love this idea! I can very much relate to being totally submersed in what I’m writing and am relieved I’m not the only one who jumps  in and hyper focuses like that.  But still, I’m always feeling guilty when I’m not writing or when I’m not parenting enough or not cleaning…it’s like there’s no way to win!  But if I give whatever I’m doing my 100%, maybe there would be not so much room for the guilt and the worry!  Thank you!
  • A Taste of Death and Honey is your fourth published book. Have you found that your writing process or writing style changed over the years, and if so, in what ways? 

Well, I do think I’ve gotten better! :) Every editor I’ve worked with has taught me something new and I incorporate their suggestions into the next book. In the beginning, I needed several passes from beta readers and a lot of work with an editor. Now, I can get the book close to publishing-ready on my own. Don’t get me wrong, I still need lots of feedback and help, and I’m sure I always will. But I’m able to correct a lot of my mistakes and bad habits before the editor even sees it. That helps me write a little faster, although it may not seem like that to my anxious readers. ;) Maybe more efficiently…not faster. Ha ha.
  
Excellent! I hope I also continue to improve and reach the point you are at!
  • What have you enjoyed the most about writing the December People series? 

The characters. I have loved getting to spend time with them, watch them grow, and learn all their quirks. I have enjoyed watching the story evolve and take me by surprise. Even if no one else had ever read the books, I’d be proud of the characters and the world I created.

Love this!
  • Can you tell us anything about Book 4?  I can't wait to read it! 

Book 4, Harvest, is the one that focuses on fall wizards. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to give you many details about book 4 without book 3 spoilers! But I can try to keep it general. 

In book 4 we meet a family of fall wizards, most specifically a brother and sister, Carlos and Elena Vega. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll remember that Carlos actually showed up in both book 2 and book 3. He also mentioned his sister Elena in book 3. While Carlos was talking to Samantha in book 3, I was beginning to build the book 4 story line. Also, pay attention to what fall witch Jess Oppenheimer says to Emmy on Easter.

We know that fall wizards are incredibly perceptive, to the point that they can forecast the future, but other than that, I haven’t revealed much about fall wizard culture. In book 4, I reveal a whole new part of the December People wizarding world. Fall wizards have more structure to their world. Rules. Leaders. A government of sorts. They also have a very dark secret that might make them the nastiest group of wizards yet. ;) 

Harvest is tentatively scheduled to release in fall of 2017.

Oh my gosh, this sound amazing!  Fall is my favorite season, so I’ve always wondered about fall wizard culture and can’t wait to read more about it!  Yay!
  • Do you have any other projects in the works or plans for what happens after you complete this series? 

That’s a very good question. I’m really not sure yet. I have a few ideas floating around, but I’m also looking forward to being able to take a break and focus on myself and my family without the constant looming responsibilities of deadlines and writing responsibilities. But we’ll see. If my muse takes hold, I’ll follow where it takes me.

I look forward to seeing what you do next! I’m sure it’ll be awesome, no matter what it is! Be sure to keep us all posted!
  • I have one last question before I let you go-- what's your top advice to aspiring authors? 

Write for your characters. Write for the story. The publishing world is a scary place and it’s so easy to get lost in all the conflicting advice and ever-changing marketing tips. Of course, you have to deal with some of that scary stuff if you want anyone to read your book, but always return to the characters. If you’re writing for your characters, and not your publisher, your agent, your readers, or even yourself, you’ll always have motivation to keep going.

That's really helpful to hear! Thank you for sharing that.  I know I’ll strive to keep that in mind as I struggle to revise my current WIP.

Thank you, Sharon, for answering all my questions and for giving us such wonderful books to enjoy!

I hope that all of you who are writers out there have also found encouragement from Sharon’s words today.  And if you don't write, I hope that you've found that learning a little bit about the life of an author makes you enjoy reading your books just that much more. 


Friends, if you haven't read it yet, Sharon’s December People series is on book 3, the newly released A Taste of Death and Honey.  Book One, Destruction, is a great place to start if you’ve never read any of Sharon’s works before—this series is adult contemporary dark fantasy.  She also has a stand-alone called The Charge, which was her debut and is YA/New Adult fantasy set in an alternative history of Texas which was a ton of fun for me to read, as a fellow Texan. 

About Sharon


As an author and social worker, Sharon has devoted her life to making the lives of real people better and the lives of fictional people much, much worse. 

When she’s not writing, she enjoys living in her “happily-ever-after” with her husband and two young sons. 

She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening).

Author Facebook: 

Author Twitter: @SharonBayliss






About A Taste of Death and Honey

When Samantha’s parents died, she lost everything. Her home. Her friends. Her hope. Then a life-loving spring witch at the children’s shelter fills her life with light and joy once again.

But like the springtime, Samantha’s happiness doesn’t last forever. Her friend dies violently in front of her, the victim of a mysterious killing spell. Furious and grief-stricken, Samantha resents her own weak spring magic. She doesn’t need life and renewal. She wants revenge…and death.

Homeless and alone, Samantha seeks shelter with her old friends, the Vandergraff family, and finds an unexpected ally in the powerful winter solstice witch, Evangeline. The girls’ anger and eagerness lead them to cast a killing spell before knowing the truth behind Samantha’s friend’s death or the identity of her killer. 

Once the spell is cast, they can’t take it back, and they must fight to stop their own curse before it takes away everyone they love.




Read about it on GoodreadsWatch the trailer!

Thank you, wonderful readers and writers, for spending time with us today.  You can find Sharon on social media and you can learn even more by going to her website at http://www.sharonbayliss.com.  

Talk to you next time! And c
oming up soon--  more virtual author videos and mini-lessons by me, free for teachers and homeschoolers!



Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Congratulations to Sharon Bayliss on the release of A Taste of Death and Honey!

Today marks the release of the third book of the December People series, by Sharon Bayliss. Congratulations, Sharon!

I usually only post about YA or MG books, but I really enjoyed this adult contemporary fantasy series. It is a darker series that asks big questions, with a large cast of characters of all ages.

Because it's the third in a four book series, I do recommend you begin with Book 1, Destruction, and move on from there.  This series is well worth your time.


Blurb:
When Samantha’s parents died, she lost everything. Her home. Her friends. Her hope. Then a life-loving spring witch at the children’s shelter fills her life with light and joy once again.
But like the springtime, Samantha’s happiness doesn’t last forever. Her friend dies violently in front of her, the victim of a mysterious killing spell. Furious and grief-stricken, Samantha resents her own weak spring magic. She doesn’t need life and renewal. She wants revenge…and death. 
Homeless and alone, Samantha seeks shelter with her old friends, the Vandergraff family, and finds an unexpected ally in the powerful winter solstice witch, Evangeline. The girls’ anger and eagerness lead them to cast a killing spell before knowing the truth behind Samantha’s friend’s death or the identity of her killer. 
Once the spell is cast, they can’t take it back, and they must fight to stop their own curse before it takes away everyone they love.


Learn more about the book and series on Amazon or check out the Goodreads page. My review is up at both locations! 

She has a beautiful trailer that really captures the mood, plus teasers you can find here. 


About Sharon


As an author and social worker, Sharon has devoted her life to making the lives of real people better and the lives of fictional people much, much worse. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living in her “happily-ever-after” with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening).

Learn more about Sharon and her work:

Author website: www.sharonbayliss.com
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorsharonbayliss/
Author Twitter: @SharonBayliss


Now I just have to wait for Book 4...

Amy

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SCBWI Summer Reading List!

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy some new books and authors!

​I have a number of books I will recommend in a future post, but for now, I want to give you a list of recommended books put together by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. There are many middle grade and YA options listed, as well as a great collection of picture books.  You can search by region if you are looking for local authors or just look at each YA section if you only want YA.  

Mer-Charmer is in the International-Other section, because I'm living in Germany right now and that's the division Germany is included in for SCBWI's regions.  I'm delighted to be included in the list!

So scroll through these books (link on image below) and think about which ones you want to take with you to the pool, to the beach, or on your camping trip.  Many of these will be perfect to enjoy on a rainy Monday afternoon, too, just curled up on your couch with your favorite treat to eat.

And if you have any book recommendations for others, please feel free to share in the comments!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Cover Reveal of A TASTE OF DEATH AND HONEY, by Sharon Bayliss

Today, Monday the 9th, is not just a special day for me, with the release of my second book.  It's also a special day for author Sharon Bayliss, who is revealing her cover for A TASTE OF DEATH AND HONEY, which is Book 3 of the December People series.  I'm going to let her share with you in her own words, but I will add that I got to read an ARC of this beauty of a book, and if you are interested in doing the same, definitely contact Sharon! She mentions how below.  This cover, guys!  SO GORGEOUS!!  All of her covers are beautiful, but I think this one might be my favorite.

Without further ado...Here's Sharon!



The time has come!! I'm happy to present the cover of book three in The December People Series, A Taste of Death and Honey. I'm so thankful to Curiosity Quills Press for their amazing work. I think it's stunning! And just the right amount of creepy. What do you think?


This book will grab you by the throat, challenge your mind, and turn your heart inside out. Sharon Bayliss delivers a powerful, emotional punch with her third book in the December People series. - Amy Bearce, author of  The World of Aluvia Series
When Samantha’s parents died, she lost everything. Her home. Her friends. Her hope. Then a life-loving spring witch at the children’s shelter fills her life with light and joy once again.

But like the springtime, Samantha’s happiness doesn’t last forever. Her friend dies violently in front of her, the victim of a mysterious killing spell. Furious and grief-stricken, Samantha resents her own weak spring magic. She doesn’t need life and renewal. She wants revenge…and death.

Homeless and alone, Samantha seeks shelter with her old friends, the Vandergraff family, and finds an unexpected ally in the powerful winter solstice witch, Evangeline. The girls’ anger and eagerness lead them to cast a killing spell before knowing the truth behind Samantha’s friend’s death or the identity of her killer. 

Once the spell is cast, they can’t take it back, and they must fight to stop their own curse before it takes away everyone they love.


A Taste of Death and Honey comes out on 6/9/16!! If you're interested in reading it early and writing a review, please sign up here. And if you're new to the series, you can get caught up by reading Destruction (Book One) and Watch Me Burn (Book Two), both available on Amazon and Audible. 

Thank you for your support!

  














Sunday, May 8, 2016

Release day for MER-Charmer!

It's here!  Today is the day that Mer-Charmer goes out into the world.  I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!



About Mer-Charmer

Phoebe’s power lies/lay at the heart of the ocean, but the power of the ocean might just break her heart.


To save her beloved merfolk from an ancient sea beast, 14-year-old Phoebe dives into the ocean and discovers her own magic. But when the beast decides she is the tastiest prey in the ocean, she must learn to control her wayward sea magic, earned at a shocking cost, or lose the very people she loves the most.

"Magic, adventure, romance, and a wonderfully creepy villain--The Little Mermaid wishes it was this book!"--Heidi Schulz, New York Times Bestselling author of Hook's Revenge, Hook's Revenge: The Pirate Code, and Giraffes Ruin Everything. "Bearce creates a vivid, colorful underwater world filled with the beautiful and terrifying in equal measure. You won’t be able to look away."-- Sharon Bayliss, bestselling author of The December People series


Thursday, May 5, 2016

Mer-Charmer is now on NetGalley for review!

If you are a NetGalley member who enjoys upper middle grade fantasy, I'd love for you to consider reading and reviewing Mer-Charmer via NetGalley.  You can follow the link to Mer-Charmer on NetGalley here.  It's the second book in the World of Aluvia series, but it can stand alone, so don't feel that you must read book one first (Fairy Keeper), though it will give you a richer understanding of the world and the characters.

This is also a great moment to remind readers that reviews make a huge difference to all authors.  Word of mouth matters.  I think it's pretty fantastic that in today's super savvy online media world, that every single reader can make such an impact by leaving feedback on Amazon, Goodreads, and Barnes and Noble, not to mention all the social media options.

You really make a difference. Thank you for taking the time to read our books, but also for taking the time to share about them with your friends!


Amy

Anna and the Swallows- A beautiful literary novel, YA and up

Most recent Goodreads Review, for those not on Goodreads...

Anna and the Swallow ManAnna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4.5 I had written a long review and my computer didn't save it. So this will be shorter. First of all, this is a literary novel. It is beautiful and deep and wandering and not at all a direct, plot-driven story. If you can make peace with that, you'll enjoy it much more. Secondly, my library had this in the MG section, marked Juvenile Fiction. It is not. This is grade 8 and up, certainly above age 12-- there are some things in here I wouldn't have chosen to share with my ten year old (we were listening to the audio version, so I couldn't skim ahead and see what was coming) and I'm very liberal about what I think kids can handle (ie-- a lot.) But though Anna is 7, the narrator is ominiscient and I think some might make the mistake as I did of thinking this was a MG book. It's YA, at the minimum, and I think many of the deeper themes and allegories will speak most profoundly to adults. School Library Journal recommends this book for ages 14 and up, and the publisher lists it as 12 and up, so please keep that in mind.

The writing is absolutely beautiful. The characters are interesting... I do think Anna forgot about her own father too quickly but other than that, I found her attachment to the Swallow Man to be a beautiful thing and when another man joins their travels, it creates a rich opportunity to talk about what way someone might choose to approach life. I am glad I listened to the book with my child. First because it was unexpectedly rough in a few places, so I was there to help her process some of the harder things, and secondly, we had many great discussions.

The audio narration was fantastic and probably helped us keep going through the whole book, which does indeed meander much like the rivers that the Swallow Man uses as a metaphor. But it's the kind of book that will stick with you, if you will stick with it to the end.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Book Review: Gracefully Grayson-- 5 stars

Book Review: Gracefully Grayson, by Ami Polonsky. Upper middle grade, contemporary realistic.





A wonderful book, definitely 5 stars. The cover is perfect for it.

I wrote on Goodreads/Amazon:

A sensitive and sweet portrayal of a 12 year old boy who has a secret: “he” is a girl on the inside. There are so few books about being transgender, and I was delighted to find this one for upper-middle grade that was positive and yet honest—really, it would even be suitable for middle grade. There is no sexuality, no language, no romance…just the yearning this young person feels to be a different gender.  Poignant and powerful.

If you are someone who fears the idea of trans people, with the hype about the bathroom law going on right now, I highly encourage you to read this book.  You are inside the mind of Grayson, who knows that the body on the outside isn't matching the insides, but isn't sure what to do about it.  It's so well done, emotional without being overly dramatic.  I'll be reading it to my 12 year old soon.  I hope you'll go grab a copy!

Amy

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Forever Fantasy TwitterChat--Moved to May!

EDITED:  The Twitter Chat and Scavenger Hunt has been moved to May, to allow time to make it even MORE awesome!  Hang tight for more info to come!


This Saturday, I will be participating in a #twitterchat on #foreverfantasy! Please stop by and join us.  Two of us shared a bit about our books in a video put together by the lovely K.M. Robinson at Reading Transforms--check it out and I hope to chat with you on Saturday!


Here's all the details:

Come join us!

Thanks for reading,
Amy

Monday, April 18, 2016

Books on Writing-- Recommendations

I just finished a book about writing called Ink: Eight Rules to a Better Book, by R.S.Gunthrie.  I reviewed it over on Goodreads, and said the following:

INK: Eight Rules To A Better BookINK: Eight Rules To A Better Book by R.S. Guthrie
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked the personal tone and style of this book. I think R.S. Guthrie makes excellent points, and they are usefully distilled. The only reason I didn't give five stars is because I felt that some of the example pages went on too long. I found myself skimming those parts, but that may be more of a reflection on my interests than the section--I don't normally read the genre of the longer examples. Someone else might love it.

Overall, this was well-worth the money spent. Some of these are things I've heard many times before, but I think it's always good to hear it from a new perspective and gain encouragement from another writer. It was a fast, fun read that made me feel like I was sitting down and having a chat with the author.


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That left me thinking-- maybe it's time for another post on my favorite books on writing.

So here are my top five picks for books on the craft of writing:

1.  On Writing, by Stephen King.  I've spoken on this book before, but it really is the one book I always return to.  And I don't write horror, so don't let that stop you, if you aren't into horror.

2.  Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott.  Funny, self-depreciating, and honest.  Really good encouragement when you are feeling overwhelmed.

3.  Save the Cat Strikes Back, by Blake Snyder.  This book saved my bacon and explained to me what my early manuscripts were missing.  As much as I love the idea of totally winging my story, it wasn't working for me.  This book taught me how to plot, and now I use a mixture of both approaches.

4.  The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron-- If you need serious inspiration, this is a great book for artists of all kind.  It is the book that got me writing again for myself and resulted in my first full-length manuscript ever.  I also realized while writing this blog that I had not rated several of these books on Goodreads or Amazon, so I have corrected that.  Reviews matter, from everyone.

5.  How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Orsen Scott Card.  A classic resource for anyone, but especially if you want to write speculative fiction of any kind. 

A special award--> The Prettiest Book on Writing Award goes to: Wonderbook, by Jeff Vandermeer.  I haven't finished reading this, but it's so very interesting to look at...visual learners and artists might find this book to be very helpful.  Not all the images are pretty, mind you, but the rich colors and vivid imagery used stick with you.

Bonus book for young people:  Spilling Ink by by Ellen Potter  (Author), Anne Mazer  (Author), Matt Phelan (Illustrator). The best resource I've seen on writing that is written FOR young people.  Best for older elementary and younger middle schoolers, I'd say.    I reviewed it on Goodreads fairly recently, and I am going through it with my homeschooling 10 year old daughter.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This is the best book on the craft of creative writing that I've read that is aimed at elementary kids and middle schoolers. It's written to the young people themselves, which is fun, and offers challenges and advice from two different authors. Teachers could easily incorporate it into their classrooms. I am asked sometimes which books to help someone learn to write. My favorite writing book for high schoolers and up is On Writing, by Stephen King, followed by Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. And I highly recommend those to teens and adults. But those books both have topics and language that is not aimed at younger students, especially in a classroom setting. Worry no more-- here's the book to use for your children and tweens, and even young teens. Age-appropriate and direct without being condescending or babyish, I think Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook is a fabulous, fun way to help kids learn about the practical issues of creative writing.


What are your favorite books on writing?  I'm always on the lookout for books about the craft of writing, because I believe firmly that writing is a skill we can all work to improve. My hope is that I am always improving my work.

Thanks for reading!

Amy

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Cover Reveal for MER-CHARMER and pre-order announcement!

The day is here!  Finally, I get to show you the beautiful cover for Book Two of my World of Aluvia series:  Mer-Charmer

          Ready?  READY?

                     Okay, take a deep breath.



Here we go:






Isn't it beautiful? I think it really captures the tone and mood of the story. The cover was created by Amalia Chitulescu, the same artist who created the cover for Fairy Keeper. Thank you, Amalia!

The other exciting news is that pre-orders open for digital copies of Mer-Charmer today on Amazon!  Don't worry if you want a paperback.  Those will become available on release day, May 9th! But for those who love their eBooks, this is a great way to make sure you have it the day it's out. Amazon will send it straight to your Kindle on May 9th.


Description:

Fourteen-year-old Phoebe Quinn is surrounded by magic, but she can’t muster any of her own. Her sister is a fairy keeper. Her best friends are merfolk. And all she does is dishes and housework.

When Phoebe finds out a terrible sea creature is awakening that preys upon the peace-loving merfolk, she becomes determined to help them, even though it means going with Tristan and Mina to their home deep in the sea.

Beneath the waves, Phoebe learns she’s more like her sister than she realized. The merfolk are drawn to her, and she can sense the magic of the sea all around her. Magic is finally at her fingertips, but that’s precisely why the stirring dark power under the waters decides it wants her most of all.

Now she must not only help the peaceful merfolk escape this ancient enemy, she must master her out-of-control powers. If she fails, she will die and darkness will rise and enslave the merfolk once more. But embracing her full power could cost her the very people she loves the most.


Find Online: Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads


The World of Aluvia series: Bridging the gap between MG and YA.

This series is ideal for ages 11-14, for those ready to move beyond most middle grade books to edgier adventures and light, sweet romance without the more mature content of some YA options.  Fans of Graceling, Cinder, and Percy Jackson should definitely visit the World of Aluvia.


Thanks so much for all your support!

We also already have a Mer-Charmer's Goodreads page. Be sure to mark Mer-Charmer as To Read on your list! :)

And I'll be posting a book trailer soon, a series teaser video, and there is a #TeaserTuesday quote from Mer-Charmer scheduled every week until release!  There's been three so far already! Find those on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Thanks for celebrating with me!  And, as always, feel free to share!

Amy



Tuesday, February 16, 2016

My Goodreads Review for a Great Writing Resource for Young People

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's HandbookSpilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook by Anne Mazer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the best book on the craft of creative writing that I've read that is aimed at elementary kids and middle schoolers. It's written to the young people themselves, which is fun, and offers challenges and advice from two different authors. Teachers could easily incorporate it into their classrooms. I am asked sometimes which books to help someone learn to write. My favorite writing book for high schoolers and up is On Writing, by Stephen King, followed by Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. And I highly recommend those to teens and adults. But those books both have topics and language that is not aimed at younger students, especially in a classroom setting. Worry no more-- here's the book to use for your children and tweens, and even young teens. Age-appropriate and direct without being condescending or babyish, I think Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook is a fabulous, fun way to help kids learn about the practical issues of creative writing.

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