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A FEW CHOICE WORDS FOR WRITERS OF CHILDREN’S BOOKS

REMEMBER C C B:
  Writing for kids is a Calling, a Craft and a Business!!


      QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED:

  • some writing ability
  • have once been a child
  • perseverance
  • ego strength (expect some rejections)
  • desire to read constantly in the genre you choose
  • discipline

      TIPS FOR GETTING PUBLISHED:

  1. Buy the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market and study it.
  2. Join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (S.C.B.W.I.)
  3. READ, READ, READ in your category.
  4. Join a  children’s book writer’s group.
  5. Research the market (publishers) carefully in market books and online.
  6. Study the marketplace (bookstores, book clubs, book fairs, etc.).
  7. Take a writing for kids class (not writing for adults.)
  8. Create a professional manuscript (see SCBWI).
  9. Write a sensational query or cover letter.
  10. Send it with a flawless manuscript to the right publishing house.
  11. Attend conferences and network.

    CONGRATULATIONS, YOU SOLD A BOOK!
    Now consider making some money.  

        The average book sells about 5,000 copies, and the average author rarely makes much more than the advance.
             
              Therefore:

    Publicize.

    Make school and library visits.

    Present at conferences.

    Do some merchandising.

    Have a party to kick things off.

    But keep writing.

    And always study the truly great children’s authors.

    frog

 

 

 

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