Become a Children’s Writer: Insider Secrets by Jill McDougall
Review by Susan Stephenson
When writing obsessed me, in 2004, I grew into a writing book
junkie. I spent more time reading about writing than actually practising it. Nowadays, it takes something special to tempt
me into purchasing another writing resource.
Become a Children’s
Writer: Insider Secrets, an e-book by Jill McDougall, IS special. For a start, Jill packed it
with down-to-earth, accessible information, and she’s written the book in
an engaging and humorous style. When I wasn’t scribbling down notes and ideas from Jill’s prompts, I was giggling
over the way she illustrated points.
Don’t get the idea that it’s lightweight. It’s
chockfull of practical material, from writing tips, to markets, to an analysis of common mistakes and how to fix them. Jill
doesn’t talk down to her readers. Rather, she treats them as colleagues with whom she’s sharing hard-learnt lessons.
With over 100 books accepted for publication, Jill speaks with authority. In fact, she confides that she’s made most
of the mistakes she tells us how to fix!
I’m not a beginner as a writer. However, only one of
my published credits is in this genre. I know now I needed to listen to a multi-published writer able to give me some inside
knowledge. I believe the timesaving strategies and tricks in Become a Children’s
Writer will help my writing sparkle.
As a tutor in a children’s writing course, Jill has
seen thousands of stories by developing writers. When she revealed her list of the ten most common mistakes developing writers
make, I cringed to realise I’d made many of them. Lucky for me, she included fixes in her e-book. I’m motivated
to take to some of my stories with a scalpel, and I know they’ll be the better for it. Thanks, Jill.
Still wondering if this book is for you? Look at Jill’s
site: http://www.jillmcdougall.com.au/ You’ll find free articles for writers, which give an idea of her engaging writing style. You can also read reviews
and download a free preview of the book.
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I’m so glad I bought Become a Children’s Writer: Insider Secrets. Apart from sending me into a constant ripple of laughter, Jill
McDougall’s book has more than fulfilled its promise. I can’t wait to put all those secrets into practice!