How to Use StoryBlue Software for Writers

StoryBlue software for novelistsWe interviewed Taylor Campbell, the software developer behind StoryBlue. StoryBlue is one of the simplest software programs available for novelists, and NAIWE members receive a $10 discount on it, so we thought you might like to hear the story behind it (it involves NaNoWriMo), and a little more about what makes it unique. The interview is just under 18 minutes– enjoy!

2 thoughts on “How to Use StoryBlue Software for Writers

  1. Are there any publishers who buys a book out right and pay royalties upon copies sold.

    If so please contact me, I have a manuscript which has been accepted by many publishers who only offers self-publishing or fees.

    Thanks a lot,,

    I am seeking to write children books for a livelihood.

  2. There are many traditional publishers who still offer an advance and royalties. There’s a lot of competition, so it’s very challenging to be published by one of them. Also, unless you write a lot of books, it can be hard to make an adequate living. It’s possible, though, if you educate yourself thoroughly about publishing, about what editors are looking for, and about how to approach the process.

    I suggest that you begin by going to a large bookstore. Spend a few hours in the children’s book section, reading books and seeing what is currently popular. Look for books that are similar to yours, and see who published them. Take a lot of notes and do this more than once. There’s a lot to learn.

    Also, visit the writer’s reference section. You’ll find many books on how to write and publish books for children. Purchase at least one that seems comprehensive, and study it carefully. Take notes in the margin and make a list of the things you need to do.

    When you are ready to start sending out your manuscript, get a current copy of the current Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market book or subscribe to Writer’s Market online. This will provide contact information and submission details for publishers and agents.

    Finally, if you’re serious about writing books for children, join SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ( They provide excellent information and resources, and host very valuable conferences. Go to at least one conference and sign up for special meetings with agents and editors.

    Once your book has been accepted for publication, join NAIWE ( and use your member website and blog, as well as all the marketing instruction and support to let readers know about your book. If they don’t know about it, they won’t buy it!

    It’s not easy, and it takes a lot of work, but writing books for children is immensely rewarding. I wish you the best!

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