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sgb-writing-process-webThe Simple Guide to The Writing Process

Trying to write and having a hard time?  The writing process solves all manner of writer’s problems—writer’s block, can’t get started, not enough information to write, confused about organization, and not sure when to edit.  Writers need the writing process to produce high-quality writing for everything from professional memos to research responses to short stories.

Writers use the writing process.  Period.  It gets things done.  Without the writing process, writing is a chaotic mess, a natural disaster or emotion and ideas and confusion all wrapped up into a messy package.  Save yourself the terrible headache of trying to write free style and use the writing process.

The Simple Guide to The Writing Process covers a five-step writing process to help writers improve their techniques. By applying the easy to follow suggestions, writers from the age of 8 to 108 can write more easily, efficiently, and effectively.

The Simple Guide to The Writing Process includes infographics, definitions, examples, and embedded videos to assist writers on the writing journey.  In this book, readers will learn how to:

  • Understand the writing process
  • How to brainstorm enough information to write
  • Move information from a brainstorm to a plan
  • Use different graphic organizers to organize information
  • How to outline
  • Compose a rough draft of any kind of writing
  • How to edit a rough draft
  • How to present a finely-written final draft

As well, readers get to see the writing process in action with full examples with brainstorm, plan, rough draft, editing process, and final drafting for presentation of:

  • Short answer
  • Expository essay
  • Persuasive letter
  • Professional memo
  • Research response
  • Narrative story/Personal essay

Write better essays, better stories, and better books by applying the tools in this book.

Like all of the books in the Simple Guide Books series, The Simple Guide to the Writing Process is written for the person who may struggle with this topic and the person who needs basic explanations with straightforward examples. The book helps students, parents, and professionals alike to achieve their goals of improving their writing efficiently.

E-Book $4.99 Paperback $12.99

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the-simple-guide-to-thesis-statements-cover1The Simple Guide to Thesis Statements and Support

Getting ready to write an essay?  Headed back to school and overwhelmed by projects and research papers?  Want to help your teenager with a school essay but feel lost about giving advice?  Have a local or state issue that you need to write a legislature about but are unsure of how to structure your thoughts?

The Simple Guide to Thesis Statements and Support is a thorough guide for anyone getting ready to write.  Returning to school?  Helping a student?  Wanting to write a letter, an essay, or an article?  This is your resource.  The book is written in an easy-to-understand manner so that anyone can read it and use the techniques to start writing today.

Learn how to:

  • Write a thesis without doing any research
  • Write a thesis that concludes a research project
  • How to respond to a writing prompt
  • Write five different styles of thesis statements
  • Understand the writing expectations of everything from short answers to research papers
  • Write in different styles: expository, persuasive, narrative, compare or contrast, research, and professional and business writing
  • Separate fact from opinion
  • Construct support for a thesis
  • Organize writing by introduction, body, and conclusion
  • Keep the reader’s attention

As well, the book offers examples so that you see thesis statements and support in practice.  See examples for: a blog post, persuasive editorial, narrative story, compare or contrast short answer, and research response.

Few writers are masterful essayists when they start out. Writing and supporting a strong thesis statement takes time and practice. Many writers struggle with constructing a thesis and how to support one with valid information. Thesis statements are probably the most challenging elements of essay writing. In this book, we present the craft of thesis statements and their support in a simple, straightforward manner.

The Simple Guide to Thesis Statements and Support can give you no matter what your writing task is and no matter what your writing ability is.  If you can follow a simple guide, you will be writing today.

Like all of the books in the Simple Guide Books series, The Simple Guide to Thesis Statements and Support is written for the person who may struggle with this topic and the person who needs basic explanations with straightforward examples. The book helps students, parents and professionals alike to achieve their goals of improving their writing efficiently.

E-Book $4.99 Paperback  $12.99

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cover.jpgThe Simple Guide to MLA for Research Papers (MLA 7th edition)

Are you struggling with a class paper and confused by the research process? Does the thought of citing research sources overwhelm you? Or are you trying to help a novice writer or struggling student complete a research project and need a helpful guide?

The Simple Guide to Using MLA for Research Papers is a straightforward book which explains how to follow the research process and cite research sources using the Modern Language Association (MLA) style guide format.

In this book, we show readers how to approach a research project, which steps to take when researching and how to follow the MLA format for research papers. Any student in a high school or college English or Humanities class needs to be able to apply these skills efficiently.

Readers will learn:

  • What is a research paper
  • What is the research process
  • What are potential sources
  • What is the difference between primary and secondary sources
  • How to evaluate the quality of sources
  • How to record source publication information
  • How to create in-text or parenthetical citations
  • How to write a Works Cited page

There is also an index between the sixth and seventh editions and examples of in-text citations and Works Cited pages.

Throughout the book, we include infographics and visuals to assist visual learners, real-world examples and tips and tricks to make the researching process easier for writers. After reading this book, readers should be prepared to start on a research paper and have the right tools for completing the research.

Most novice writers find the research process and style guides challenging. This book answers questions on researching and citing research sources in a simple, straightforward manner. Start into The Simple Guide to Using MLA for Research Papers right away to make your research paper successful.

 

The Simple Guide to MLA for Research Papers covers MLA’s 7th edition

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Paint & Ink

Is it time to reignite your creative spark and start writing again?  Have you been thinking about writing but not sure where to begin?

Paint & Ink takes readers on a creative journey using artwork and writing prompts to encourage creative ideas.  All the prompts are directed towards women and women’s experiences.

 

The book encourages creatives to journal about topics such as:

  • Self-Image
  • Women’s friendships
  • The creative process
  • Gratitude
  • Reflecting on great books
  • Sensory details-sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell
  • Women in the business world
  • Mental and emotional health
  • Symbolism in animals and nature
  • Connections to family—motherhood and family roles

This is the perfect time to write and be creative.  A terrific first step to awakening one’s creativity is to journal. By journaling, we allow ourselves to write, think, and feel without pressure to be perfect. We do not have to worry about constructing stories that will be published or even seen by others. While journaling, we can create the writing that will allow us to explore and experiment. When a person has not written or been creative in a while, journaling can be just the thing to reignite the creative spark.

Rejuvenate.  Revive.  Rekindle the creative spark.

Paint & Ink includes paintings, writing prompts, and references to literature and research to guide reader’s idea generation. The act of being creative is extraordinarily therapeutic. Many people feel better about themselves, their situations, and the world around them after they journal about a difficult scenario. And there is research to support that people who engage in creative pursuits enjoy life more.

The activities in this book give women of all walks of life—mothers, maidens, single ladies, grandmothers, business powerhouses, and divas—a bit of guidance on the journey to incorporate creative writing into their lives. Paint & Ink contains everything you need to get started down the creative path.  It is a journal so readers can jot down their writing onto its pages.

Paperback $25.99

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bookcoverimage-3Sofia 

Sofia was the smartest girl in school.  Because she was so bright, school felt slow and boring to her.

To escape the slowness of her days, she escaped into her books. Every day, she read as much as she could to enjoy the thrill of learning new skills, expanding her imagination, and discovering wondrous details about the world around her.

Sofia is a story that captures a problem that many children face-boredom-and introduces them to the solution of reading books for learning and entertainment. All people face barriers and challenges in life, so teaching children how to apply positive solutions to their problems helps them to thrive.

The book Sofia takes readers through how to escape life’s problems by jumping into the magic of a book.  This book is a celebration of culture, history, art, and language.

Sofia is written in English and Spanish.  It features original paintings by Denver artist Colleen Hennessy.

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bookcoverimage-2Oscar

“There are no strangers, only friends we have not yet met.”

Oscar was a little boy with a big problem.  His beautiful village, where his family lived for centuries, had been taken over by strangers.  Everywhere he looked, Oscar found odd people with unusual outfits, customs, and behaviors.  He did not like these people at all and feared what would happen if they stayed.

Then, his father took him on a journey to visit other lands and people—in the big city, in the mountains, and at the seaside.  Oscar found friendly, kind people wherever he went.  By meeting people, learning about cultures, and being kind, Oscar learned there are no strangers.

The book Oscar takes readers through how people can come together and accept their differences.  This book is a celebration of culture, art, and language.

Oscar is written in English and Spanish.  It features original paintings by Denver artist Colleen Hennessy.

 

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bookcoverimage-1Reyes & Cruz

Spanish Andalusians.  Wild mustangs.  Native American paints.

Reyes & Cruz is a story about the impact that the horse has made on people throughout the Americas. The horse has been one of the most valuable animals in American history.  For centuries, the horse was a symbol is freedom, power, and courage.  People revered horses in the Americas since their introduction by the Spanish in the 16th century.

The Native Americans, Spanish, English, French and others all loved horses for similar reasons. Horses performed difficult tasks, provided transportation and offered companionship to people of all backgrounds.

Reyes and Cruz chronicles the history of horses in the Americas.  The American horse is a distinct animal that has made important contributions to western societies.

The book Reyes & Cruz takes readers through the history of Spanish horses and wild mustangs in North and Central America.  This book is a celebration of animals, history, art, and language.

Reyes & Cruz is written in English and Spanish and features a non-gender specific character.  It features original paintings by Denver artist Colleen Hennessy.

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bookcoverimage5Fran 

Every child loves animals but not every child knows the wonderful ways that animals improve our lives.

Fran is a child who teaches others how to appreciate animals. While in town, Fran notices a group of kids rough housing in the street. A young boy with them shouts at and pulls his puppy too hard. Fran stops the boy and talks to him about how valuable animals are to our lives and how animals help people.

Fran teaches the boy that his puppy can be his best friend if given the chance. The boy learns that animals are to be loved and cared for and that they make people’s lives a little bit better.

The book Fran takes readers through many of the wonderful ways that animal help people.  This book is a celebration of animals, children, art, and language.

Fran is written in English and Spanish and features a non-gender specific character.  It features original paintings by Denver artist Colleen Hennessy.

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bookcoverimageDay of the Dead 

Everyone loves a holiday with decorations, costumes, and special foods.

The Day of the Dead is an ancient holiday that has been celebrated for thousands of years in Mexico and Central America. At the end of October, millions of people acknowledge the passing of their friends, family, and ancestors by visiting graveyards to leave food, flowers, and decorations.

Today, the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is celebrated throughout the world—from Spain to Mexico to Denver to Rio de Janeiro.

The book Day of the Dead takes readers through the customs, art, and beauty of the holiday.  This book is a celebration of culture, history, art, and language.

Day of the Dead is written in English and Spanish.  It features original paintings by Denver artist Colleen Hennessy.

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Trinidad

“I will never be good enough. Everyone is better than me and I will never measure up.”

Sometimes when we see people on television, we think we need to be like them with fancy houses, beautiful hair, or glamorous lives. But this is not true.

The most important people are in our very neighborhoods. The teachers, farmers, coaches, parents, and friends around us are the most important people in the world. Trinidad realizes that the people living nearby are the valuable people in one’s life.

The book Trinidad takes readers through the appreciation of the people most important in our lives. This book is a celebration of childhood, family, friends, art, and language.

Trinidad is written in English and Spanish and features a non-gender specific character. It features original paintings by Denver artist Colleen Hennessy.

          

 

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