All afternoon and evening has been spent trying to get one review written. I will have that for you tomorrow,* despite the frustrations involved. Today I have a question for everyone, and I hope everyone who visits today and tonight will leave an answer in the comments section below.
Today, anyone, anyone at all, can write a story, be it picture book or novel length, and upload it online to sell at Amazon. I believe Apple is pickier about the books it sells, yet this is only based on a comparison of offerings. The point being, there is a faint rumble in the literary world that tells everyone, regardless of skill level, or no skill at all, that they can write a book, even a best seller. That rumble gets louder at certain times of the year. Would anyone like to temper that roar?
First, let me say I do not have a Master in Fine Arts, or a Bachelor’s in English. My degrees are in Social Work, plus a course at the Institute of Children’s LIterature on writing for kids. So I am not an expert, nor have I been published beyond an online magazine article and here at Kid Lit Reviews (which I do not count as a publishing credit in any sense of the word). I do have experience reviewing books for the past six years, and use the training from ICL when reviewing every book. When not sure, I consult an expert or an expert guide. Now, my friends, I need to consult you.
If it were possible to devise a ten question quiz that could give someone an idea whether or not they have the skills to write a book, what questions would you put on the quiz? What are the most important skills or knowledge one needs to be successful as a writer? What one thing should tell you not to try publishing, but to keep your storytelling at home? Must you understand point-of-view, dangling modifiers, or the correct use of a comma? Is it important to know the formatting differences between writing an online post versus writing for publication? If a degree is not essential, must there be some sort of training / mentorship, or is picking up pen to paper good enough?
Tell me your question(s) and in a near future post I will compile the results. Finally, do you believe anyone, as they are today, can write a book?
Reviews will commence tomorrow. I have a couple of middle grade novels to bring you, that are, coincidentally, self-published and terrific! Plus several picture books before the Fall season begins next August. Until then, please leave a comment with your suggestions, opinions, or, hopefully, a question or two related to this post.
*This review will be posted at a later date, rather than tomorrow, in fairness to the author.