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Writing links

Sam’s Writing links

Brainstorming and Inspiration:

Ink Provoking

Language is a Virus

The Story Starter


Baby (character name ideas)

Groups and Clubs:

The Young Writers Society

National Novel Writing Month Website for Young Writers

Writer’s Digest:



Publication opportunities:

Pomegranate Words

Reach Every Child

Teen Ink Magazine

Teen Voices


Stone Soup

In the comments section below, please tell me about any other writing links you know about.

Question of the Week: What platform should young writers use

Dear Sam,

I’ve been hearing that writers need some sort of online platform. But I’m not an adult and I don’t have free reign over social media. What should I do?

Dear Anonymous,

As a non-adult myself. I’ve also been faced with this question. Here is my suggestion, pick one major social media outlet and stick to that. Point out to your parents how it can help you develop as a writer and allow you to connect with others with your same interests. Here are some examples of social media outlets:

My opinion in this case is that having a blog is the best tool to use. I do, and I have no Facebook or Twitter. Nor do I need to at this time. Maybe later, if I get published, I might want to go down those alleys but for now, I’m sticking to Young Writers Café. You can blog about everything, from Chocolate to your personal life. A warning however: I would not recommend doing a truly personal blog because you just don’t want random people on the internet to know everything about you. And while writing about your birthday party might be fun for you, it isn’t very helpful to a literary agent or editor that comes along.

If your writing is in a particular niche or if your story is centered around a historical event, you might want to blog about that. Remember though, that what you put on the Internet would be seen by all of your prospective employers and universities in the future.

Also, if you have a Facebook or Twitter account, make these private so that only your friends can see them. Everything that you put on the Internet and can be easily accessed will be seen by any literary agents or editors that you would query in the future. If you Tweet writing advice or talk about books and publishing on Facebook, these might be okay. But if you don’t want that agent to see your Sweet Sixteen party pictures, don’t make them public.

What social media outlets do you use?

Publishing Terminology

Query Letter: a brief one page letter introducing yourself and your book to someone in the publishing business

Book Contract: a document signed by yourself and a publisher once the publisher has accepted your book for publication. States the rights of both parties as well as the advances and dates.

Advance: A certain amount of money paid to the author as a loan upon publication. The Author will not receive royalties until the publisher has earned this money back for themselves.

royalties: a percentage of money made from the book sales that is given to the author.

Work-for-hire: a statement in the Book Contract in which the author gives up all rights to their creation including electronic and print copies, interactive games, theme parks and movie rights.

literary agent: A person of status in the publishing business with connections. They are queried in the same manner as a publisher and if the author’s work is accepted, they use their connections with publishers to try to get it published. Are not paid by author but take a percentage of royalties and the advance.

subsidy publisher: A publisher that the author pays to publish their work and does not have distribution to major book retailers.

hybrid publisher: Similar to the subsidy publisher, except you still have to go through the query process to see if your book is accepted. Splits publication costs with the author.

vanity publisher: See subsidy publisher.

synopsis: the summary of events in a novel including the end. Length varies from two pages to ten.

middle grade: the category of books for readers ages 8-12

easy reader: the category of books for readers ages 6-9

picture book: the category of books for readers ages 4-7

young adult: the category of books for readers ages 12- 18

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