The Children's Writer's Guide 2

Non-Fiction - Writing/Publishing
80 Pages
Reviewed on 01/27/2018
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Author Biography

Simon's first novel for middle grade and young adult readers, The Alchemist’s Portrait, was published in 2003, followed by The Sorcerer’s Letterbox in 2004, The Clone Conspiracy in 2005, The Emerald Curse in 2006, The Heretic’s Tomb in 2007, The Doomsday Mask in 2009, The Time Camera in 2011, The Sphere of Septimus in 2014, Future Imperfect in 2016, the Flashback series, comprising Flashback, Twisted Fate, and Parallel Destiny, in 2015, 2016, and 2018, the Shadowzone series, comprising Shadowzone, Into the Web, and Black Dawn, in 2017, and The Stone of the Seer series in 2022. He's also the author of The Children’s Writer’s Guide, The Working Writer’s Guide, The Time Traveler’s Guide, The Social Media Writer’s Guide, a contributing author to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction Volume One, and has written more than a hundred non-fiction books.

Simon offers a number of services for writers, including editing, manuscript evaluation, coaching, mentoring, and writing workshops, in addition to copywriting services for the business community. He's a writing instructor for adults with the University of Calgary and offers online workshops for both children and adults. He also offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops, and author in residence programs for schools and libraries, as well as virtual author visits.

Simon is a regular presenter at conferences and festivals, and served as the Writer-in-Residence with the Canadian Authors Association.

Full details can be found on his website at

    Book Review

Reviewed by Marie-Hélène Fasquel for Readers' Favorite

The Children's Writer's Guide 2 by Simon Rose is a writing/publishing book and is part of a series. It is a succinct and short guide. Simon Rose writes about writing while being a well-established and recognized author, which means that his advice and remarks are all relevant, sound and directly usable by would-be authors. However, some of the chapters are bound to be useful to authors in their own right too. They range from blogging to improving one’s trade in any way possible. Each chapter in Simon Rose’s book encourages writers in an engaging fashion to be better writers. Indeed, Simon often refers to his own wide experience and provides extremely valuable examples of what to do or not to do!

The Children's Writer's Guide 2 by Simon Rose is a tremendously worthwhile read when you are a writer and want to keep improving, as I am. (Yes… I read the part about adverbs and adjectives, even if I use too many in this review!) This book is truly inspiring, probably because it tackles such topics as inspiration, creativity, developing as a writer, fleshing out characters or scenes, the creative process, plot, everything a writer ought to think about really ranging from the initial stages of the story to synopsis writing, the book cover, tenses… in a straightforward fashion. I have been writing for years and am a literature teacher, but this book gave me valuable ideas such as writing a study guide for my books, for instance. Thank you so much! That is why I highly recommend this book!