The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, 3rd Edition

“Honest and precise… everything about writing for children there is to know.”
—Jane Yolen, author

Here is the comprehensive guide to writing, publishing, and selling for the ever-expanding and always exciting children’s market—now in a new and updated third edition.

• Includes new chapters on self-publishing and on “how to choose a how-to”, plus revision and updates throughout
• Offers practical advice on getting started–and on dealing with out-of-print books
• Covers picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, middle-grade and young novels, and common formats and genres
• Reveals what happens inside a children’s publishing company, and provides guidance in working with an editor
• Sample cover and query letters, manuscript format, glossary, and recommended resources in an extensive appendix
• Plus information on agents, contracts, copyright, marketing, and more

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3 Responses to The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, 3rd Edition

  1. An excellent overview of the industry Like all Idiot’s Guides, this book is designed for beginners in the field. However, after hearing the author speak at a conference, I decided that I might have things to learn from the book. I was right. Even though I’ve been writing for a while and have a contract for my first book, I found that several sections clarified some industry basics for me. It helped me sort out the relationship between companies, divisions, and imprints and was good for making sense of my contract. I also appreciated the section on working with my editor. This is an excellent primer for anyone getting started in children’s writing, and has useful information for those who have gotten a little into the field as well.

  2. A Bookfair Mom

    Good resource I’ve used this book and recommended this book to people interested in the children’s publishing industry since it first came out. Its an excellent overview. I think the two star reviewer who said that the book was for “complete idiots,” was being a little harsh. I’ve been working on writing and selling my own books for close to eleven years now and I still run into people who don’t know the difference between the genres. Even as someone that might be called an “intermediate/advanced” writer, I still use it as a reference.

  3. Our Most Popular Resource Book for Children’s Book Writers! Our SCBWI library has all three editions of this book and I always recommend it to anyone who contacts me for information about writing and publishing for children, at no matter what stage of the game they reside. I know of no other thorough, up-to-date publication on the children’s book business. We always sell out of them at our conferences.The author relied not only on his own knowledge, research and experience, he contacted writers in all phases of the business and got their input as well. Either the answers are there for both aspiring and experienced writers, or the resources for further research are revealed. He continues to update information via his website and welcomes suggestions and input. What more can you ask from one book? I highly recommend it.

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