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The Thrill of the First Time

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·         Paperback: 240 pages
·         Publisher: CBW-LA Publications (October 18, 2013)
·         Edited by: Alana Garrigues, Nutschell Anne Windsor
·         Language: English
·         ISBN-10: 0989878791
·         ISBN-13: 978-0989878791
·         Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
·         Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
·         19 Authors
·         38 Combined Anthology Entries – 2 per Contributing Author
·         6-hour Workshop
·         10 Writing Exercises (included in Story Sprouts)
·         Dozens of Photo, Character and Conflict Prompts (included in Story Sprouts)
·         240 pages
What happens when linguistic lovers and tale tellers workshop together? Inspiration. Wonder. Discovery. Growth. Magic.
Brave and talented, the writers featured in this anthology took on the challenge of dedicating one day to the raw and creative process of writing.
A rare view into the building blocks of composition, Story Sprouts is made up of nearly 40 works of poetry and prose from 19 published and aspiring children's book authors.
This compilation includes all of the anthology writing exercises and prompts, along with tips, techniques and free online writing resources to help writers improve their craft.
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The Thrill of the First Time

We all remember our first time. The anticipation and the nerves, the hope and excitement. The wonder and curiosity, wanting to know what it would feel like, imagining the moment for years, building it up, reading about it and asking our friends to tell us everything they knew … then finally knowing that it was about to happen, about to take us away to a whole new world, happy yet self-conscious of the bareness and intimacy of it all, willing to take a chance to feel something new, something intense …
And afterwards, satisfaction, mixed with the slightly bitter taste, perhaps, or what could have made it even better - a little more finesse, a more explosive climax, a deeper understanding of what it all means and why we wanted it so badly.
Some of us experience our first time alone, others in groups. My first time was all about a professional wrestler, a man I had watched on tv growing up. While the first time for others is in a big group, learning all about themselves amongst the throngs of other virgin … authors.
Ah yes, sorry to disappoint romance fans - I'm talking about publishing here. 
I'm visiting here today on the Story Sprouts Writing Day Workshop and Anthology 2013 Around The World Blog Tour, and I wanted to thank Nas for hosting us on today's tour!
While my post is decidedly not G-rated, I wanted to share a book written by the Children's Book Writers of Los Angeles (did you know YA is also considered kid lit?) - Story Sprouts. Story Sprouts is the debut publication for CBW-LA Publications, and for many of the 19 authors highlighted in the book. These authors trusted us with one day - six hours - of pure, intense writing fun, with the promise of publication after three months. A few have been previously published - I've been a professional freelance journalist for more than three years now, while others in the book have been published in literary magazines, as script writers for popular tv shows, and even one winner of an award for outstanding YA fiction - but by and large, Story Sprouts was the very first time being published for our authors.
The emotions that I described above are the roller coaster that several of our writers just jumped on during their publishing debut. Won't you please support them on their journey and foray into the world of published authors? Pick up a copy of the book, in paperback or on Kindle, and encourage them to keep writing! (Bonus - 50% of the proceeds go to Philippine Disaster Relief through January 2014!) 
Tell them they are talented and worthwhile, and wish them well as they keep on writing and discovering and taking risks, delving deeper and deeper into their sense of being an author.
And, as you read along, we will introduce you to the exercises they used in their one day workshop, allowing you the opportunity to play along at home, glass of wine in hand, nestled snugly by the fire, ready for romance and intrigue to surface from deep within…
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  1. I've been seeing this anthology around the blogosphere- it looks great! The writing world is such a warm, sharing place, and I've a feeling its definitely reflected in Story Sprouts.

  2. What an interesting concept. I bet the workshop day was lots of fun!

  3. Cool. Congrats to both, especially Nutschell because I know her :)


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