The Mad Author
Jean Tennant


Posted Friday, April 15, 2011, at 8:33 AM
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  • Thank You for this information! I have found the 2011 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market to be very helpful. (Jean suggested I purchase this book.) Although a bit overwhelming at first, I have now made my way through it. I have learned a vast amount of information that gives me a much better understanding of the entire process. Thanks again Jean!

    -- Posted by lesliemeans on Sat, Apr 16, 2011, at 9:13 AM
  • I pick up a Writer's Market every even year and it is quite helpful. I also have more specific versions -- Screenwriters and Playwrights Market and Fiction Writers Market.

    Other books I frequently use are "Write is a Verb," (which I highly recommend for motivation and "finding the time to write"); "Naked Playwriting," (which is not as racy as it sounds -- it works for other genres too as far as building memorable characters and laying it all on the line; one of my playwright friends says a play is like puking your whole life out on stage).

    -- Posted by AmyPeterson on Mon, Apr 18, 2011, at 6:47 AM
  • The English language seems to be constantly evolving and I don't always agree with the changes, such as "irregardless." To me, it's still not right. Another example is the past tense of "sneak" which I learned was "sneaked." Almost everyone now says "snuck" - not good! - and now even it's in the dictionary.

    -- Posted by ggilmore on Mon, Apr 18, 2011, at 1:25 PM
  • Its not a reference book exactly but a writing book I like is "Bird by Bird' by Anne Lammot. Its about finding your passion.

    -- Posted by DHarris on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 6:06 PM
  • Another helpful and interesting book is Stephen King's "On Writing." Part memoir and part nuts-and-bolts tutorial on how to be a better writer, I get it out and re-read it every couple of years. And I learn something new each time.

    -- Posted by JTennant on Thu, Apr 21, 2011, at 8:34 PM
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