Author(s): Kerri Majors
Real-world writing advice, minus all the lectures. You're an aspiring writer. Maybe you've just discovered your love of words and dream of being a novelist someday. Maybe you've been filling notebooks with science-fiction stories since middle school. Maybe you're contemplating a liberal arts degree, but you don't know what the heck you're going to do with it. The last thing you need is another preachy writing manual telling you how you should write. This book isn't a writing manual. It is a series of candid and irreverent essays on the writing life, from a writer who's lived it. Kerri Majors shares stories from her own life that offer insights on the realities all writers face: developing a writing voice, finding a real job (and yes, you do need to find one), taking criticism, getting published, and dealing with rejection. Don't have enough time to write? Learn how to plan your days to fit it all in. Not sure how your guilty pleasures and bad habits translate into literature? Kerri explains how soap operas and eavesdropping can actually help your writing. Need a reader for your first novel? Find a writing buddy or a writing group that will support you.
Nervous about submitting your first piece? Learn from Kerri's own roller coaster journey to find an agent and get published. This Is Not a Writing Manual is the writing memoir for young writers who want to use their talents in the real world.
"This nonmanual is a highly readable memoir stuffed with tips and information about the myriad aspects of pursuing a writing career by one who has carved a niche for herself in that world, namely with YARN (Young Adult Review Network). Majors hasn't had her breakthrough--she's not a Stephen King or Stephenie Meyer--but she's proof that there is a place in the writing world for those who aren't superstars. She is friendly, savvy, hip, easy to identify with, and definitely in touch with her teenage writer-self." - "Booklist"
"Essentially a memoir, the volume is earnest and practical in tone, covering every angle of writing, from buying a planner and revising to finding an audience and learning from mistakes. More philosophical concerns include what to do for a living before hitting the big time, deciding whether writing is a hobby or a job, and dealing with hating friends who find success before you do. Finally, for those committed to publishing, helpful advice is offered on dealing with agents, editors and publishers, discovering the right journals and finding inspiration. The best advice of all is to write for pleasure, even if the ultimate goal is publication. Clearly, Majors knows what she's talking about, and readers will recognize they're getting advice from someone who knows.... An upbeat and honest guide for teens already considering writing careers." - "Kirkus Reviews"
"Candid, honest advice and reflection from a writer who's been there. - "Publisher's Weekly"
"I wish this book existed when I was starting out! Filled with personal stories, inspiration, and practical creative advice, Kerri's book is a must for young writers everywhere." - Allen Zadoff, author of "Boy Nobody," "My Life Since You Left Me," and "Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can't Have"
""This Is Not a Writing Manual" is a personal book in the best sense of the word. Kerri Majors's advice is hard won. It comes from her own joys and disappointments, her hopes and unwavering dedication
Kerri Smith Majors is the Founder and Editor of YARN, the Young Adult Review Network, the first independent, online literary journal of YA writing to publish aspiring writers, including teens, alongside established authors. Through her work at YARN, Kerri has discovered several powerful new YA voices as well as interviewed and edited major authors. Kerri is also an experienced teacher who ventures outside the classroom to offer creative writing workshops at summer programs and libraries. She has presented at major writing conferences like the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and has published essays on writing in English Journal, Poets & Writers, and Midwest Quarterly. Her writing has appeared in such literary journals as Guernica, So to Speak, and others.