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I've searched the BPN on the subject but the advice was pretty old. I could use some fresh information and advice on publishing a children's book. What are the steps to take? I don't know enough about the subject to even know what details to ask? Any information, advice and recommendations are appreciated! Wannabe (published) Writer
You may want to read this posting by children's author Mem Fox http://www.memfox.com/so-you-want-to-write-a-picture- book.html
She cautions not to self-publish, unless you want to waste a lot of money. Granted, there are exceptions to that rule, but virtually no self-published books find their way into libraries and bookstores. You can self-publish as a kindle ebook for virtually nothing, I think. But trying to peddle your own book made of paper is a huge endeavor that most often leads nowhere.
I work at a library and we rarely even look at self- published material. The few things that we have looked at (as a courtesy to local wannabe authors) have been pretty awful. We like to see material that a major publisher thought worthwhile enough to publish.
The quality level for Children's publishers is fairly high, though mediocre stuff does slip in. If your work isn't as good as most stuff in bookstores then it is unlikely to get published. The sites above will tell you all about it. Library Guy
My husband just finished a fantastic fictional novel set in Italy during World War II and would like to find out how to get it in the hands of a publisher. Does anyone have any advice on how to do that? It seems you have to know someone in order to get a publisher to even take a look at it. Thanks for any help, Beth
For background information on agents/publishing, try this blogger: http://rejecter.blogspot.com/ She works for an agent and gives great advice on how the industry works. Her personality is a bit abrasive, but you're reading her, not lunching with her.
For some interesting ideas about ways to promote your book and get the attention of traditional publishing houses, the SFChron just did an article called ''Authors Using the Internet to Get Their Books Out'' at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/05/25/DDTJ1DIJ95.DTL.
And your husband might want to consider hiring a professional editor to review his book. Elaine Beale, a recently published author, just did a great analysis of mine. Expect to pay in the $800 range for a really thorough review (by anyone, not just Elaine). in rewriting phase now
I am considering creating a board book for toddlers because I cannot find a certain niche specific book. My brother is an artist, we would create this book together and I would market it. I cannot find a company that prints board books. I would like this to be similar to a company called createspace dot com where one can self-publish a book. Unfortunately, createspace doesn't do board books. I appreciate any advice that you can give me. Thanks, C
I would really appreciate some advice on the following area, which is really brand-new and totally unknown to me: I have an idea for a book, which I happen to think is a really great idea. It will be non-fiction and will require interviews and lining up those interviews will require casting a wide net to folks I don't know as I seek out my interview candidates. The question is: how does one protect one's idea while going public with that idea? I would really be upset to embark on my project only to find that someone else took this idea and ran with it, so to speak. Are there any steps I can take to protect my idea. Additionally, is there a way to find out if another project, similar to this one, is in the works? Many thanks. Budding author
I am a 40 year old SAHM with two young boys.. Prior to raising them, I was in the business world. I don't have a lot of time on my hands, but I love to read, and I've always wanted to write a book. I am an introverted, sensitive person who has a very active (tend to spin and intellectualize more than what is probably healthy!) mind, and I like to write to cope,think, etc.. People tell me that I write well, and I'd like to write a book but don't know where to start. I know it's hard to get published, but I'd like to go for it. It would give me something to put my passions into outside of mothering, wife-ing and household stuff..I would like to write a personal memoir of sorts, I think, but I don't have an exceptional life, per se.. And, that feels very vulnerable to me too. Are there online resources, classes, exercises that can give me ideas for a topic? I'm at a loss - not sure where to start... Thanks!
I am looking for any recommendations for an inexpensive but good quality printer for a children's book. I prefer to get it printed up, though not necessarily bound, on paper like that used in a board book. I would thus appreciate any printer recommendations. Thank you in advance for your help.
Offset printing in small runs (less than 1 to 2 thousand copies) is very expensive in the USA. Having recently secured quotes from a range of printers, both here and abroad, I went with a Chinese company, Wa Fai Printing, and had a good experience with them.
Make sure your cover design is top notch. Get both the cover and inside designed by a professional graphic designer who has experience with children's books. If any part of your book looks ''home made'' it will be unsellable. This especially true of the cover. Make sure you have a GREAT, ENERGETIC, COMPELLING title.
Before printing make sure that you've studied all aspects of book production and that your book is TERRIFIC in every area. Get it professionally edited first for content, then again for typos. Take constructive criticism to heart. Your writing should snap, crackle, and pop off the page!
A good resource for all things self-publishing is Dan Poyntner's web site, www.ParaPublishing(dot)com. Helene
My grandfather wrote an autobiography and I've converted it into a word document. I'm looking for a way to get it put in a book format as a gift for his 90th birthday. Ideally this shouldn't be an expensive effort. If anyone has any ideas it would be greatly appreciated. Time is a factor. Thanks! Stephanie
I would like to get some information/advice/tips on getting my writings published. I've never thought of ''writing'' as something I'd be doing seriously but I've been writing essays on parenthood , based on my experiences, that my well-meaning, sincere and true friends say, ''You should get that published!'' I have no training or degrees in journalism or creative writing. I don't have a clue as to the first thing one must do to break into this industry. Writing has always been just something I love to do...but lately, I've been thinking, it would be interesting if I can get paid to do it!! Do I have to have an agent?? Thanks! sahm-writer
FYI, I did it all without an agent. If I were to change one thing, I would have hired an agent to represent me after the initial offer from the publisher. Negotiating a publishing contract without an agent is like going to court without a lawyer. published author
I have an idea for a children's book that would be a collection
of quirky songs/lullabies that mom's (and dad's too) have made
up to sing to their children. But I'm not sure how to approach
publishing houses. I've published before but short
stories/personal essays where I sent completed pieces. Should
this also be complete and then submitted or should I query
first? And if I query first, how much of the book do I need to
have completed, if any? Does it matter if I don't have it
illustrated? Do people work through agents or directly with
publishing houses for children's books? Thanks for your advice.
Confused mommy -
Like many parents, now that I have a child (or two) I have some great ideas for children's book. I looked in the resources and there is only one listing form 1999. I would like some more up to date information from those in the know (in the publishing industry, those having previously published a children's book, etc...) How do I start (other than putting pen to paper)? What are the resources? Must I have a prototype done to present or is a rough mock up OK? What about hooking up with an artist? How do you submit the raw idea or finished product? What are the things to watch out for in terms of contracts? This seems like it should be a somewhat easy process but is so daunting if you don't know where to start. Any information or pointers would be greatly appreciated. Suzie
Books and web resources: Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market, published annually by Writer's Digest Books, is the bible. Includes a comprehensive listing of children's book publishers - how many books they publish a year, types of books for which theyUre looking, payment terms, and how to send queries, manuscripts, or illustration portfolios. The Business of Writing for Children by children's author Aaron Shepard gets straight to the point about topics ranging from publishing to the craft of writing. It's a Bunny-Eat-Bunny World by Olga Litowinsky, former executive editor for children's books at Simon & Schuster, is a comprehensive guide to Rsurviving and thriving in today's competitive children's book market.S Web resources on children's writing are available at the following sites: dmoz.org/Arts/Writers_Resources/Children's_Writing/ dir.yahoo.com/Arts/Humanities/Literature/Genres/Children_s/Writing/ Writing_for_Children/ childrensbooks.about.com/cs/forwritersartist/. Organizations: The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (www.scbwi.org) is the primary organization serving this market. There are three regional chapters of SCBWI in the Bay Area (www.sbcwinorca.org). Classes and workshops coming up in the next few months: Children's Picture Book & Early Reader Workshop ($250) Saturday, June 12, 10 a.m.P5 p.m. & Sunday, June 13, 9:30 a.m.P1 p.m., Book Passage Bookstore (Corte Madera) www.bookpassage.com Of Course You Can Write Children's Picture Books ($45) Saturday, July 17, 10 a.m.P4 p.m., Piedmont Adult School www.piedmontadultschool.org The Magic of Writing for Children ($165 members with $45 membership/$195 non- members) May 22PJune 19, 2P4:30 p.m. (5 Saturdays), Writing Salon (San Francisco) www.writingsalons.com Picture Book Workshop (focus more on illustration, but covers business aspects) ($195) Saturday, May 22, 10 a.m.P5 p.m. , Palo Alto Arts Center www.brookescudder.com How to Write A Children's Picture Book ($65 plus $3 materials fee) June 8 and June 15, 6P9 p.m., City College of San FranciscoQDowntown Campus www.ccsf.edu/Services/Continuing_Education/othersem/Summer04/Also - if anyone is interested in getting together for a support group around this topic, please let me know! Lysa
I wrote a children's book for my 18 month daughter and used real photographs to illustrate it. Well, one book has turned into a couple different books with the same theme. Family and friends who have seen the homemade books have suggested trying to get them published and sold. Has anyone had any experience with presenting a children's book to a publisher? Do you go to an editor first? I have no idea where to begin and would appreciate any information/experiences. Thank you, Amy
I am looking for resources dealing with publishing a children's book. How one goes about it? If a prototype is necessary, and to what degree of finished quality is necessary for the prototype? Where does one go once you are to an almost finished point? Any information or pointers on this issue would be greatly appreciated. Tamara
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