Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books by Harold D. Underdown

By Harold D. Underdown

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

this is the excellent consultant to writing, publishing, and promoting for the ever-expanding and continually fascinating children’s market—now in a brand new and up-to-date 3rd variation.

• comprises new chapters on self-publishing and on "how to settle on a how-to", plus revision and updates throughout
• deals functional suggestion 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
• unearths what occurs within a kid's publishing corporation, and offers information in operating with an editor
• pattern conceal and question letters, manuscript structure, word list, and steered assets in an intensive appendix
• Plus info on brokers, contracts, copyright, advertising, and extra

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No writer starts a manuscript without a considerable amount of what is called “prewriting,” meaning brainstorming, outlining, and the like. Jennifer Armstrong, a published author of fiction and nonfiction, observes: I spend a lot of time on preparation. Lots of notes, lots of outlining, lots of character sketching. ) Not until I really know where the book is going do I begin writing prose. Our schools often leave us with the idea that the best way to write, and the way that the good writers write, is to sit and let the story flow out.

And What Comes Next A journal can be many things. You can use it to write about whatever is on your mind at the time. You can use it to record things you’ve observed that interest you, from the changing of the cloud patterns in the sky to the changing of emotions in the teenagers sitting next to you in the bus. You can use it to note ideas, remember sentences that come to you, transcribe snippets of dialogue, or to do pen portraits of interesting characters. You can use it to explore your feelings about writing, or your reactions to books you’ve read.

In either case, we think this book is for you. Getting started is hard, so we’ve filled this book with information, advice, resources, and stories of success and failure. Piercing the Static Harold describes the thousands of manuscripts that children’s publishers receive every year as static, making it almost impossible for the few good ones to be noticed. You’ve got to pierce that static. To do that, you need four things: ➤ You need to work hard on your writing and keep striving to improve it.

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