Introduction How old do you need to be, to be
an author?
At Emu Ink, we believe that
as soon as you can write
you are an author…
You are the author of the alphabet,
then your name, then your news
copy and, as the years go by, of
short stories and, for some of you,
even full books!
Emu Ink is the publisher of the
youngest independent author in the
country – Joe Prendergast was nine
years old when he wrote The Great
Fragola Brothers trilogy – and we
have since published other
child authors.
We love publishing the work
of children and it is because of our
experience with it, that we set the
following programme up.
Writing is a beautiful way of
expressing yourself and using your
imagination and it is such a
rewarding experience to see your
work in print.
We believe that if you put your mind
to it, if you work at it and put your
best efforts in – then you too can
produce work worthy of publishing.
So what are the criteria
for producing such work?
First of all you need a
strong manuscript.
With fiction it needs a good plot,
a well-managed story and strong
characters with a
satisfactory conclusion.
Never leave questions unanswered.
For non-fiction you need a good story
and a talent for telling it.
The following programme is aimed
at helping you with succeeding in
producing a short story that is fit for
inclusion in your very own book. It is a
series of lessons and exercises, that
will take you through the process of
becoming a real published author; and
at the end of it you will be
holding a book with your name
in print, in your hand.
The programme can be worked
through at any time within this term,
but our recommendation is that you
take a lesson and exercise load,
once a week for four weeks. This
gives plenty of time for working,
editing and finalising before getting
your file back to us for print.
This week the lessons will include
idea generation, story starters,
characters and themes with
exercises on character profiles
and story maps.
Week two will have you learning
about introductions, plots and
storylines, point of view and
dialogue with exercises on both
dialogue and tenses.
In week three we will look at
the bodyof your story and
how it is progressing,
the development and portrayal of
relationships between
characters as well as suspense,
a twist and blurbs. Exercises will
include those on synonyms
and blurbs.
Week four, the final week, will focus
on your conclusion, editing, proofing
and then submission and cover.
Exercises will help you work on your
editing and your proofing.
Once you have worked through
the course as a group, it is up
to you to shape your story, to work
through your writing and ensure
that it is the best that it can be. You
also need to ensure that it is fully
edited and proofed, before you
submit your final
copy to the teacher.
If you find you need a little
extra time, or reminders on the
lessons that you worked
through during the day as a
class or group, you can log
back into the members’ area of the
site and go through them again -
as many times as you like.
Once your story is ready – or you
may have chosen to write a
poem or just a thought to submit
to the book – you will need to email
it to your teacher, who will then
email all of your stories
in a single word document, to
the main contact.
The main contact will then add all
of them to the main file and send
back to us. At this point the
process of the layout and design of
your book, before it goes
to print, begins.
You will, at this stage, be on
the verge of becoming
real published authors and all
that will be left for you to do is
to plan your launch event!!
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