SEE YOURSELF IN PRINT: A Handbook for Young Writers by Nan Gilbert

SEE YOURSELF IN PRINT: A Handbook for Young Writers

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Some sound beginner advice, suspect examples. The author concentrates on getting a youngster's written words to a ""market"" and in so doing she neglects a far more receptive starting point--school publications. Her marketing suggestions are valid: begin with magazines that welcome work from young writers; analyze them to ascertain styles and slants; do not be discouraged by rejection slips; consider timeliness as a criterion for submission. Less astute but still useful are a few basic principles: get right to the point; write about something familiar; emphasize the ""what"" for younger children, the ""why"" for older kids; tell the truth, in fact and fiction. But her examples, taken from a Fannie Hurst--SEP frame of reference, are decidedly unattractive and often trite, and her own style is florid and highly metaphoric with more than a hint of the thesaurus at hand. The names and addresses (of markets and guides to more) in the appendix are better reference points than the writing models so the value lies in the juvenile orientation.

Publisher: Hawthorn