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Chapter 13 Genre Writing and Writing for Children

Chapter thirteen topics
  • Who Wants Your Book?
  • Names and Body Language
  • Genre Writers
  • Science Fiction
  • Novel Writing and Group
  • Writing for Children
Who wants your book?
Targeting your writing to a specific genre (or kind of book) is one way to become specialized. Begin compiling markets, addresses, and information about the specific genre that interests you. Next, finding a publisher willing to take your book requires a good deal of effort. Start by finding the agent who wants to represent your work.

You'll find helpful information at these sites:

Emily Hanlon,  If links don't work for you, try typing the link title into a search engine to locate the material.

SpeculativeVision, Science, Fiction, Fantasy also offers excellent resource links,

Using a search engine to surf for agents can lead to others.

Names and body language
Have you thought about how facial expressions can help you tell your story? Although outdated, these books can help:
  • 1977. Manwatching: A Field-Guide To Human Behaviour, Jonathan Cape, London. 320p.
  • 1979. Gestures: Their origins and Distribution (with Peter Collett, Peter Marsh and Marie O'Shaughnessy) Jonathan Cape, London. 296p.
  • 1985. Bodywatching: A Field-Guide To The Human Species, Jonathan Cape, London. 256p.
To locate online resources, type manwatching or human behavior into

Explore names and their meanings for your characters at Kalabarians Philosophy,

Genre writers
SFF Net, is a host for genre writers. Explore its links, network with members, and find many outlets for your writing.

Science Fiction
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. HOME page offers great information for writers: For background and definition of "slipstream" books, read Nine Below,

Writing for children
Childrens Writing -- Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBSI), is considered the best resource available for writers who aspire to write for children. If you're new to writing for children start with Resource Library tab. Use Illustrators tab to locate illustrators.

The Children's Book Council, is another great resource.

Interested in writing for Children? Check out these FREE resources at Write 4, Children's Book Insider, Be sure to click the About US Link at the bottom.

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Patricia Johnson, a proffesional writer offers excellent advice for query letters.

Query Advice
(c) Patricia Johnson
  • A query is succinct; make it one page in length.
  • Include the unique elements of your work; the genre, subject and target audience.
  • Include marketing information such as if you are already beginning to market by social media like twitter and blogging on relevant sites. Briefly mention the marketing you plan to do after publication. Will you market locally as well? Mention that also.
  • Include a brief history of your writing experience that is relevant to this project.
  • Give the name(s) of those who referred you to the publisher/agent.
  • If you are submitting other queries, be sure to mention this. Limit the amount of queries you send at one time since some agents/publishers want a low number of queries out on a book, or even an exclusive query. ### Patricia Johnson,patricia.writeviewpoet@GMAIL.COM.

Writing Romance:
Romance is a broad category with many specialties. Begin your search at Romance Notes,, Follow the links provided. When you need more answers, use to search writing romance and romance writing and "publishers of romance." Tip: By omitting quotation marks, you'll get different lists of URLs.

Sift through the URLs returned by each. Pay attention to the web link shown, and consider it carefully before you click to help avoid sites that offer little help, and want your money!!

  1. Study and discuss the various genres. List all genres you could write a story for. Tip: Use your idea file and topic spoke. 
Advice FromThe Pros:

6-1, Strong Fictional Characters:

6-2, All About Names:

6-3, Character Traits:

6-4, Show Versus Tell Issues:

6-5, Song Lyrics, Fair Use and Trademarks:

6-6 e-Zines By The Dozen,

Next, Chapter 14 - Tending to Business:

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