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  • Publisher: Writer's Institute Publications
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889715476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889715476
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 17.5 x 2.3 cm
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
every children's writer should have this book March 29 2010
By lover of children's books - Published on
How often do we hear about the importance of revision? All the time!
How often do we get to see it in practice? Almost never . . . until now.
WRITING IT RIGHT shows early and often mid-revisions along with the final published work so writers can see the changes made and understand the reasons why. A must for all writers, especially those who think they're hit a home run with the first draft. Thank you Sandy and all the writers who were willing to share their dirty underwear so others can understand the important revising process.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Amazing Book for Writers and Teachers! July 25 2010
By L. Frase - Published on
I found a goldmine in this book. Sandy has compiled a writer's workshop and teacher's toolbox in one. As a writer, I get to see other writer's revision process from beginning to end. As a teacher I now have a tool to show my students how writers revise. This book should be in every writing teacher's classroom and every writer's hands. She not only includes published writing from draft to finish, but revision notes as well. She devised 9 essential questions to consider during revision. I am so excited about this book. It is a rich resource!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Actually SHOWS a Writer How to Revise March 27 2011
By Kristi Holl - Published on
How do published authors take an "okay" manuscript and turn it into something that grabs an editor? And after that, how do they work with editors to incorporate yet more changes? Look no further for your answers than Sandy Asher's new book, Writing It Right!: How Successful Children's Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories. It's a gold mine.

Whether you're writing picture books or middle grade or young adult novels, Writing It Right! (400 pages!) will show you how to pinpoint your weak areas-and how to fix them. Sandy uses nine essential questions to guide you through the process. Each question is critical to creating a solid manuscript.

In the book, each story (full picture book or a chapter from a longer work) is analyzed in several ways. You'll see before and after versions. The before version highlights areas that need work. The after version shows the changes.

In another section, you will see the actual line edits that brought about the changes. This includes the type of detailed comments an editor at a publishing house might make after accepting your manuscript. You will also see several versions as the author works through the problems and issues, ending with the version that was published.

Sandy knows her stuff. She's had more than twenty books for children published, has edited five collections of fiction, and has published well over thirty plays. My girls read her books growing up, and I've seen a couple of her plays produced, and they're excellent. This is a "must have" book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A must-read for any writer! Nov. 29 2010
By A. Bond - Published on
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This book was written for anyone who is learning or teaching the revision process. Takes the mystery out of editing any piece of writing!
Excellent Resource Oct. 19 2012
By Dianna M. Winget - Published on
As a middle grade author, I've read many books on writing. Sandy's book quickly became one of my favorites, especially all the great advice on revision. Reading an author's early drafts, then comparing them to the published version, really helps me to see what changes I need to make in my own stories before submitting them to my agent. Great book!

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