Monday, April 24, 2017

An online service for writers

Experienced author, Dianne (Di) Bates* has worked with professional colleagues to create modules of interest & practical information to those who would like to learn how to negotiate their way to publication and to market their books, themselves, and their products to the best advantage.

Writers Career Consultancy currently offers:

A four-module course for those who wish to write for children - perhaps new writers or those who wish to brush up their writing skills. Each module comes with a series of exercises to be undertaken as well as an assessable assignment to be sent to the tutor, Di Bates, at your leisure. You will then receive a written report.

Cost of each module, which can be taken separately, is $75. Money order or cheque (payable to Di Bates) c/o PO Box 2116, Woonona East NSW 2517. Payment can also be made online on application.

Note: All cheques to be made out c/o Di Bates, thank you.

Contact Di Bates HERE for more information.

  • An Introduction to Writing Books for Children

    © Dianne Bates

    Module outline

    1. How you too can become a writing success
    2. Writing for Children:
      Writing forms; Manuscript lengths; What you must know about every magazine you write for; Types of manuscript Submission; How to present a manuscript.
    3. The Publishing Business:
      Key people; Publishing truths; Education versus trade books; Why manuscripts are rejected; an editor's view; How to find publishers for your work; Australian Children's Book Publishers.
    4. Becoming a Children's Writer:
      Qualities needed; Writing skills; Writing style; Humour; Time management; Goal setting.
    5. How to get both feet past publisher's locked doors:
      Top secret; The major players; Networking; Key personnel; Contacting authors; Author as mentor; The market; Non-ficton markets; Future trends.
    6. Resources:
      Professional library; Books about writing for children; Helpful addresses; Children's book review magazines.
    7. Your Assignment.
  • Books for Younger Readers & Genre Fiction

    © Dianne Bates

    Module outline

    1. Stages of childhood and reading interests.
    2. General features of books for younger readers:
      Suggested children's authors reading list.
    3. Easy readers.
    4. Book series:
      Types of series; Well-known publishers' book series; Well-known book series by single authors; Creating a book series.
    5. Genre fiction:
      What is genre:; Speculative fiction; Fantasy; Historical fiction; Action and adventure stories; Mystery fiction; animal stories; Family and school stories.
    6. Chapter books:
      Advice on writing chapter books.
    7. Junior novel:
      Types of junior novels; A junior novel reading list.
    8. Starting a book for young readers:
      The topic; Manuscript lengths; Preparing to write; Your book's characters; Conflict; Starting your book; Chapter openings.
    9. Your assignment.
  • Picture Book Course

    © Dianne Bates

    Module outline

    1. What is a picture book?
      Picture book pitfalls; Types of picture books; Format; Text & illustrations; Page turns; Word choice; Poetic devices; Reading it aloud.
    2. Do's and Dont's of writing picture book texts.
    3. To rhyme or not to rhyme?
    4. Choice of subject matter:
      Picture book themes; Writing for the very young.
    5. Style and viewpoint.
    6. First sentences of popular children's picture books.
    7. Picture book structures:
      Cumulative stories; Reverse cumulative tales; Problem resolution tales; Days of the week tales; Circular stories; Journey stories; Repeating, single event stories; Climatic tales.
    8. Popular picture books.
    9. Analysing a text.
    10. Submitting a picture book text.
    11. Australian trade picture book publishers.
    12. Your assignment.
  • Getting Ideas & Getting Started

    © Dianne Bates

    Module outline

    1. How to come up with brilliant ideas.
    2. Other ways of finding ideas.
    3. Starting an ideas' book.
    4. How to read as a writer.
    5. Keeping notebooks.
    6. Getting started.
    7. Marathon writing.
    8. The writers' circle.
    9. Advice from writers in workshop groups.
    10. Your assignment.
  • Comprehensive List of Current Australian Children's & Young Adult Book Publishers

    The list includes editor's names and contact details (over 100 publishers).

    COST: $60.00 (Available only via snail mail, so please advise of your postal address when you place your order.)

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