Books by Laura Michelle Thomas

 

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Polly Wants to Be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published
Young Adult Fiction
Urban Fantasy Adventure & Fiction Writing Guide
Friesen Press October 2013
232 Pages
Paperback ISBN 978-1-4602-2819-7
eBook ISBN 978-1-4602-2820-3
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Polly sharing shelf space with The Hobbit at Chapters on Robson Street in Vancouver.

Polly sharing shelf space with The Hobbit at Chapters on Robson Street in Vancouver.

 

2014 Releases

 

The Naked StorytellerThe Naked Storyteller
Contemporary Romance Fiction / Humorous
Publishing 2014
Friesen Press
Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4602-4619-1
Paperback ISBN 978-1-4602-4620-7
eBook ISBN 978-1-4602-4621-4
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Adventures of Bob Warhop
9 – 12 Fiction
Animal Fantasy Adventure & Financial Literacy Learning
Publishing 2014
Friesen Press
Paperback and eBook

Bob Warhop is a young ferret who lives with his family on an upscale ferret farm. Bob is six months old when a major financial crisis rocks the world and changes the circumstances of the ferret breeder, his family and Bob’s family, for the worse. The only way to stop the breeder from selling Mr. and Mrs. Warhop and Bob’s siblings to the Big City museum for taxidermy is for the Warhops to raise five thousand dollars. Bob’s unlikely quest to raise this capital in a declining economy takes him far away from the luxurious dollhouse mansion where he grew up deep into the harsh world of humans and money.

Adventures of Bob Warhop is a coming-of-age fantasy novel intended for nine to twelve year olds. At home and in the classroom, it will introduce kids to basic financial vocabulary and spark discussions about money, how it works, and how to earn, save and spend it. This novel is an offshoot of Laura’s involvement in the financial education movement in Canada. You can read her financial literacy blog Money and Me for Canadian Families online.

The story of the making of The Adventures of Bob Warhop

draft 1 = a decent lump of clay
out for early reader feedback (thumbs up)
draft 2 = making major cuts and revising the chapter breaks so that I’m happy with the flow
*draft 3 = thickening up some thin scenes and deciding whether or not I have the right narrator/POV

*I am here as of July 2nd

 

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73 comments on “Books by Laura Michelle Thomas

  1. Akshta

    Hey Laura.
    I’m an LTC Insider and I want to enter the Polly Draw. What all details do I need to include along with the link?

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Akshta. I have everything I need for now.

  2. Akshta

    Hey Laura.
    Happy New Year!
    Got my copy of Polly Wants To Be A Writer. I’s just fabulous but I just tried the one-minute exercise.
    A bit baffled about the outcome, all I could write was:” I don’t have time and I need to write whatever clicks my mind because I’m not allowed to think. I have to make mistakes. Timer’s on.”
    It’s weird and clumsy. Please help.

    • Laura Thomas

      Hi Akshta. It take practice to write without thinking, to just let words come out of you without worrying about grammar, spelling, being neat and tidy, or even making sense. That’s why Ms. Whitford starts Polly off with just 60 seconds. After a while you can build up to 4 to 5 minutes or longer. It’s a good way to start a writing session, giving yourself permission to just let go and relax into the words. If what’s coming out is weird and clumsy, that’s perfectly fine. :-)

  3. Akshta

    Hey Laura. Your new website is just fabulous. Well, when is the next polly draw be held? I have ordered the book and I’d love to join in.

  4. Sonia

    Longingfor the book. Here, in India, 8 dollars mean a lot. Have anyhow started collecting my pocket-money. The strive goes on.

  5. Tega

    am in Nigeria ,how can i get this book.

    • Hi Tega. The book is distributed through a company called Ingram. They sell to bookstores around the world. If you check with a big bookstore in your city and give them the ISBN 978-1-4602-2819-7, they should be able to order it in for you. If you have a problem getting it, please let me know.

  6. rachael m

    Yo, Laura, I was just wondering if you believe it wise for teenage writers to stick to the “know the rules before you break them” school of thought? Should we practice writing solely for pragmatic popular appeal before we decide to indulge our lofty artistic whims? I have read your book, on which I congratulate you, and although I found the tips provided conducive to the creation of that clear, facile sort of writing which one finds popular in the John Green/Suzanne Collins-type literary sphere, most of my favorite novelists don’t fall into that category of writing, nor indeed seem to follow any of the very helpful ground rules you lay out. I mean, I am someone far more experienced doing dialogue-based writing (i.e. plays, screenplays, comic scripts) and, on the opposite end of the spectrum, dense academic writing, which are all very different media than novels. Do I just have bad taste in literature? Help me out here.

    • Hi Rachel. When you start to think of writing in terms of a craft and a career that lasts decades, there are no limits to the kinds of writing you can or should do as you move through it. I’ve written scripts, academic articles, press releases, editorials, tweets, children’s picture book manuscripts, in-game dialogue, web content, etc. If you want to get paid for your words, just keep in mind that you need to respect the parameters of what ever market you are working in. One of the biggest reasons wannabe writers don’t turn pro is that they think everything they write can be sold to everyone in every market. That’s just not true. What’s really cool is when you find a company or publisher who really wants to buy the kind of writing you love to do. Just think of your favourite authors. That’s the sweet spot. (Does this help? I really have no idea what you need me to say. I’m just winging it.) :-) P.S. I’d like to invite you to indulge your “lofty artistic whims” and show me what you can do with the Polly Fan Fiction Challenge.

  7. nabeeha ahmed

    Hey Laura.
    I would like to know what type of story won last year and please suggest some topics on which i can write my story.
    sincerely yours-
    Nabeeha Ahmed (12 years)

    • Hi Nabeeha. Go to the 2013 Winners page – it’s under the short story contest tab on the menu bar. You may write your story about anything. We do not give a mark for subject. We only judge how well the story is told.

      • nabeeha ahmed

        Sorry to disturb you again and again but i would like to know can this be a journal, diary type of a thing or like a life example or describing a soldiers feeling etc ?

        • Yes, it can, Nabeeha. Just make sure there is a story with some tension, something that keeps the reader reading.

  8. Anonymus

    How can we request a review copy?

    • Opportunities to review the book will be sent to the LTC Insider Mailing List as they arise.

      • Anonymus

        I had applied befor, are you accepting those?

        • Can you please tell me what you have applied for.

          • Anonymus

            A review copy.

          • Please send me an email about this.

  9. Hey Laura!
    Heard about your early release. Sounds Great! Got a sample of your ebook. Planning to buy it printed. Waiting for 19th Oct. Great work! :)

    • Hi Akshta. Very cool. I see it’s available in paperback as of this morning on Amazon.com. But your fav bookstore should be able to get it in for you starting next week, it looks like.

  10. Bishal Mukhopadhyay

    Mam… I couldn’t make my name listed. Now i am preparing myself for next year…plz.tell me how can i know my points & writing improvement tips?

    • Hi Bishal. If you would like to purchase the $10 feedback option, please email me.

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