How to Publish Your Children’s Book provides a working knowledge of the children’s book publishing process, explains the importance of understanding audiences and marketplaces, and offers a proven system for selecting and approaching the right publishing firms. The author also offers practical tips and advice from experienced editors and publishers, as well as insights from such popular children’s book authors as Jane Yolen and Johanna Hurwitz.
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Liza N. Burby received her degree in journalism from St. John’s University in New York. She is an award-winning author of over thirty-five nonfiction history, science, health, and social issue books for children from elementary school age through high school.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
If editors could give writers just one piece of advice, it would be this: Find out what the publisher wants before submitting your proposal so that you don’t waste everybody’s time by sending the wrong materials to the wrong company. Fortunately, most publishers make this a fairly simple task. In their writer’s guidelines, publishers tell you exactly what genres and categories they will and won’t accept, as well as how they want to be contacted and what they want to receive. And these companies mean what they say. In fact, some writer’s guidelines bluntly state that the publisher will return any proposal--unread--if it does not conform with the company’s guidelines.
Writer’s guidelines are not difficult to understand. They are generally clear and to the point, and although the occasional publisher offers several pages of do’s and don’ts, the average company offers only a page or two of instructions. The guidelines provided by a nonfiction book publisher, for instance, might look something like this:
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