Get Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books PDF

By Harold D. Underdown

ISBN-10: 0028639758

ISBN-13: 9780028639758

ISBN-10: 1592570143

ISBN-13: 9781592570140

“Honest and targeted… every little thing approximately writing for kids there's to know.”
—Jane Yolen, writer

this is the great advisor to writing, publishing, and promoting for the ever-expanding and consistently interesting children’s market—now in a brand new and up to date 3rd version.

• contains new chapters on self-publishing and on "how to settle on a how-to", plus revision and updates throughout
• bargains useful recommendation on getting started--and on facing out-of-print books
• Covers photo books, bankruptcy books, nonfiction, middle-grade and younger novels, and customary codecs and genres
• finds what occurs within a kid's publishing corporation, and offers suggestions in operating with an editor
• pattern conceal and question letters, manuscript layout, thesaurus, and advised assets in an in depth appendix
• Plus details on brokers, contracts, copyright, advertising and marketing, and extra

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Think about an important milestone in your childhood, maybe the moment when you first succeeded in tying your own shoelaces, or the moment when you walked up to the chalkboard and wrote the right answer to a difficult math problem, or the moment when you said something clever at lunch and you noticed that cute boy (or girl) smiling. Visualize it. Write about it. Or remember the time you got lost in the big department store, or the time you had a fight with the playground bully, or the time you saw the girl (or the boy) you had a crush on dancing with someone else at the school dance, and obviously enjoying herself.

Trust your ability as a storyteller. If the story tells itself, and the consequences of a particular action are clear, the reader will get the point with no need to underline it during the story or repeat it at the end. Vicarious experience puts your message across. On the other hand, you may wish to teach children information or understanding. Again, your mission could overwhelm your writing. —must be interesting. A list of facts or an essay that reads like an entry from an encyclopedia is a good solid piece of factual material.

Spontaneity or Results? Now you’re all ready to be creative. So wait for inspiration to strike, and then get to work. You may be waiting a long time. Writers—accomplished writers—learn early to just start writing. Writing is work: flashes of insight followed by the labor of translating that insight into words, and then revision (tips follow). Just like any other job, if you 16 Chapter 2 ➤ I Don’t Know What to Say! And What Comes Next plan to succeed and turn in the goods, you need to put your nose to the grindstone.

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