Your one-stop guide to writing and selling books for children Get the tools you need to: * Develop story ideas that work * Strengthen your writing skills * Improve your work habits * Write for different age groups * Look at your work critically * Submit proposals and manuscripts * Find the right publisher for your work * Understand and negotiate contracts * Work with agents and editors * Join the writing community Do you dream of becoming the next J. K. Rowling? Are you excited about writing for children but have no idea how to begin or where to send your material? Now, respected children's writer Barbara Seuling gives you the essential steps to getting published in the competitive, exciting world of children's literature. From finding story ideas and creating character sketches to plotting, writing dialogue, editing, and revising your work, you'll learn how to complete a manuscript and prepare it for submission. Whether you want to write picture or chapter books, fiction or nonfiction, poetry or plays, Seuling helps you master the different genres and capture a child's interest and imagination, from the early years to young adult. Her fully revised guide also covers the major developments in book publishing, including vital information about using the Internet to research the market and contact publishers. Seuling even discusses recent successes such as the Harry Potter series, as well as the growth of Amazon.com. Complete with updated lists of writing organizations, marketing information, and recommended reading, this is the only guide you need to start writing, get published, and touch the lives of children.
An Insider's Handbook for Children's Writers and Illustrators Who Want to Get Published
Author: Peter Carver
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This handbook for new and aspiring children's authors and illustrators is the ultimate guide to the whole process of writing a book and getting it to the publisher. Written by one of North America's leading children's book editors, this book will show writers how to begin, how to develop the story, and more.
Learning from The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Corduroy, Where the Wild Things Are, The Carrot Seed, Good Night, Gorilla, Sylvest
Author: Eve Heidi Bine-Stock
Publisher: E & E Pub
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
This volume shows aspiring children's picture book writers that no matter how carefully they labor over a story's tone, word choice, plot, character, setting, theme and style, they must have a thorough grasp of its structure for it to succeed.
Turn your dream of writing a successful children's book into a reality &break;&break;From the author of the best-selling You Can Write Children's Books, this workbook provides you with hands-on instruction for finishing your manuscript, preparing it for publication, and getting it published. &break;&break;Step-by-step instruction, 48 main exercises, and countless enlightening tasks will guide you through: &break;&break; Identifying a project&break; Writing and revising a manuscript&break; Researching genre and marketplace&break; Targeting publishers&break; Preparing a professional submission &break;&break;Take your writing aspirations to the next level. You Can Write Children's Books Workbook will give you the concrete instruction, experience, and inspiration you need to confidently submit your work and get it published.
Advice on Writing Children's Books from the Institute of Children's Literature, Where Over 404,000 Have Learned How to Write a B
Tips on how to write and publish a book for kids or advice on writing children's books from the Institute for Writers and the associated Institute of Children's Literature, the experts who've taught over 404,000 students how to write a book for kids and get published.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing for Kids
Author: Rebekah Sack
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company
Category: Young Adult Nonfiction
Young adults are in the prime position to write children’s books because they can actually remember what it was like to be a kid. Take Jake Marcionette, for example, who reached the NY Times bestseller list at the age of 12. His books for middle grades are praised for having such a realistic, authentic voice. This book gives the young audience everything they need to know to successfully write and publish a children’s book. From understanding the children’s book market to learning about illustrations and design, this book has it all. Top publishers and writers in the industry — such as Aaron Shepard, Susan Collins Thoms, Fiona Tapp, and more — have lent their expertise to this book to provide an overview of everything that is needed in the process. Also included is a foreword by children’s book author Cathleen Francisco, and an afterword by author, mentor, and entrepreneur Melissa Carter. You will learn what morals and values publishers and readers look for in good children’s books, what you should expect in a publication deal, what material is appropriate for each age range, and how to convey messages in a way that appeals to both parents and children. This book will help you learn how to build a relationship with your editor, what to expect in revisions, and the process of selling your book. Any young adult that is interested in starting any kind of writing career will learn valuable tips and tricks to understanding the publishing market with this conversational, easy-to-read book.
In this ground-breaking book, bestselling and award-winning children's author Nancy I. Sanders shares insider's tips and explains the secrets to landing a contract BEFORE you write your manuscript--even if you're an inexperienced or unpublished children's writer. Whether you're just starting out or have numerous published credits to your name, Nancy teaches you how to manage your time and focus your energies so that you are writing each day with purpose in order to get published, earn an income, and satisfy your personal fulfillment as a writer. Follow Nancy's step-by-step instructions, and you, too, can establish the foundation for building a successful career as a children's writer. Yes! You Can.
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Vacationing at her grandmother's seaside bed-and-breakfast, Evie discovers a secret cave containing wall paintings that appear and disappear, sparking suppressed memories in Evie about her late mother and absent father. A first novel.
Everything aspiring authors need to write, publish, and sell a children's book Everyone loves a children's book—and many dream about writing one. But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armed with a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell, publish, and promote a book? Yes, it is! Clearly and concisely written with straightforward advice and a plethora of specific up-to-date recommendations, Writing Children's Books For Dummies provides step-by-step information on everything aspiring children's book authors need to know—from researching the current marketplace to developing story ideas, strengthening writing skills, dealing with editors, and submitting proposals and manuscripts to agents and publishers. Updated and improved writing exercises All new content on social media and establishing an online presence as an author Fresh, updated content on publishing via hard copy and all the e- platforms From setting down that first word on paper to doing a successful publicity tour, Writing Children's Books For Dummies gives you the confidence and the insiders' know-how to write and sell the story you've always wanted to write.
You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger. New York Times best-selling creators Mac Barnett and Adam Rex reveal the nitty gritty process of making a book . . . with a few unexpected twists along the way! Budding writers and artists will laugh at the mix of reality and the absurd as the story makes its way to a shelf, and a reader.
Albert Handell and Leslie Trainor Handell take the artist's perception of light to new heights in Intuitive Light by breaking down the science of light into basic, easy-to-understand concepts. They explore such areas as perceiving and interpreting the visual world, reality and illusion, mood and atmosphere. Each of the book's four parts is written so that you can read it from beginning to end or focus on specific topics. Either way, you gain a complete understanding of the subject.
He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV. What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.
Learn to Plot without sacrificing Creativity What separates great novels from mediocre ones? Story. Authors that master this vital skill keep their readers up at night, and suffer the deluge of 'when is the next book coming out' emails. Whether you are a first time novelist, or a seasoned author, Plot Gardening will teach you the fundamentals of storytelling, delivered in a practical way. Through exercises at the end of each chapter you will build your own outline, and you'll do it without sacrificing the creativity that is so vital to telling great stories. In this book you'll learn: The basics of story structure, and how it is used How and why worldbuilding is important, and how to do your own worldbuilding The components of great characters, and how you can bring yours to life How to create a living outline that will change and adapt as your characters come to life
How to write, publish, and promote books for children of all ages!
Author: Luke Wallin,Eva Sage Gordon
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Writing for kids is fun and rewarding--if you can break into the fiercely competitive world of children's book publishing. With this guide, you'll learn how to write and promote a children's book that will impress any publisher. Whether you have a basic idea or a manuscript ready to go, you'll find all you need to build a successful career as a children's book author. This clear and concise guide helps you: Formulate an original idea, create an outline, and write the book Learn the basics of children's storytelling, from point of view to story pacing Find helpful writing workshops and conferences Design a winning book proposal, get an agent, and negotiate a contract Create a marketing and publicity plan Use professional and social networking sites to promote your book Full of eye-opening insider information and invaluable writing advice, this book should be on every aspiring author's bookshelf!
A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Author: Thomas C. Foster
Publisher: Harper Collins
Category: Literary Criticism
A thoroughly revised and updated edition of Thomas C. Foster's classic guide—a lively and entertaining introduction to literature and literary basics, including symbols, themes, and contexts—that shows you how to make your everyday reading experience more rewarding and enjoyable. While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor. What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—a world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun. This revised edition includes new chapters, a new preface, and a new epilogue, and incorporates updated teaching points that Foster has developed over the past decade.