How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 6, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 240 pages
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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.
  

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Review: How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published

User Review  - Holly - Goodreads

This was a truly practical book with plenty of activities to get you thinking about the business end of publishing a book as well as the creative process. I had checked this book out from the library, but am considering purchasing it to complete the chapter suggestions at my own pace. Read full review

Review: How to Write a Children's Book and Get It Published

User Review  - Goodreads

This was a truly practical book with plenty of activities to get you thinking about the business end of publishing a book as well as the creative process. I had checked this book out from the library, but am considering purchasing it to complete the chapter suggestions at my own pace. Read full review

Contents

You the Childrens Book Writer Maybe Defining Your Goals
5
What Is a Childrens Book? The Variety of Books Published Today
12
How to Become an Expert Getting to Know Childrens Books
22
Lessons from the Past A Short History of Childrens Books
30
Developing Your Ideas
37
Where Did You Get That Idea? How to Find Ideas and Work with Them
39
Sabotage Made Easy Procrastination and What to Do about It
47
Learning Your Craft How to Become a Better Writer
57
Submitting Your Manuscript Presenting Yourself to a Publisher
141
For the Writer Who Is Also an Illustrator What the Illustrator Needs to Know
155
Changing Markets Finding the Right Publisher for Your Work
165
A Publisher in Your Future
177
Out of the Slush Pile and into the Fire What Publishers Do
179
Your EditorFriend or Dragon? Working with an Editor
190
Joining the Writing Community Taking an Active Role
194
Book Lists
201

Writing Your Book What You Need to Know and Do
63
Writing Picture Books
65
Writing EasytoRead Books
78
10 Writing Early Chapter Books
83
Writing Fiction
86
Writing Nonfiction
104
Writing in Verse
113
Writing Plays
118
Selling Your Book
127
Who Cares? Queries and Proposals
129
Reviews
202
Childrens Literature History and Criticism
203
References
204
Marketing Information
205
Books on the Craft
206
Services Studies and Support
209
Even More Titles by Genre
212
Index
227
Copyright

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Picture Writing
Anastasia Suen
No preview available - 2003

About the author (2011)

BARBARA SEULING is the author and illustrator of more than sixty books for children, including the popular chapter book Oh No, It's Robert and its sequels, as well as picture books including Winter Lullaby, illustrated by Greg Newbold, and Whose House?, illustrated by Kay Chorao. She worked for nine years as a children's book editor for major publishing houses. Seuling is also the director of The Manuscript Workshop in Vermont.

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