Good Tidings! ^^/
It’s not long since we entered 2014 and already this year has been kind to me. I passed an online course. =D
I decided to learn more about writing. Not on how to be a writer but useful skills like how to handle publishers and talk to editors etc. So, I decided to partake in the How to Write for Children’s Books course.
There were 12 modules overall. Each module contained a specific category. To name a few; fantasy and fiction, writing for teen, writing for 7-12 years, writing for 5 years, writing screenplay and drama and writing for the under 5’s.
They were all useful tips but the most useful advice was about Vanity Publishing. For those who do not know, vanity publishing basically means that you pay a company to print your book. The company will not edit your book, they’re solely printers. With Vanity Publishing, if you’re answering their advertisement in the newspaper, they ask you to pay them to publish your book. Publishers on the other hand, will never advertise for authors as they don’t need to. It has also been stressed that Vanity Publishing should not to be confused with self-publishing as they are printers who specialise in self-publishing.
This is very useful information indeed. I wouldn’t answer an advertisement for a writer to begin with but now I know for certain that this is not a good idea!
After 12 modules I passed the course and scored the 85% mark. =D I’m proud of myself. I misinterpreted what the instructor said at times and it made me easily confused but I still passed the course so I’m happy. =)
With my newfound knowledge I’m looking to improve my writing style even more. Happy days. =)