The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books, 3rd Edition
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
- Paperback | 384 pages
- 187 x 232 x 21mm | 459g
- 06 May 2008
- Dorling Kindersley Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
- 3rd ed.
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--Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, Fever 1793, and Twisted
"Having worked as both editor and author, Harold Underdown is a knowledgeable and sympathetic guide to the often bewildering world of writing and publishing books for young people. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books is encouraging without pandering, realistic but not pessimistic, thorough and generous. I wish this book had been around when I first started out!"
--Linda Sue Park, Newbery Medalist
"What a thorough and useful book! A guided tour of children's book and magazine publishing that never skips a step. For seasoned writers and illustrators it is valuable. For beginners, it is essential. I learned plenty!"
--Gail Carson Levine, Newbery Honor winner
"My life would have been much easier if The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books had been available when I was getting started! It covers the whole territory--though I particularly like the sections on revision and 'the publishing maze.' Consider it your cheat-sheet to the world of children's publishing."
--Cynthia Leitich Smith, fiction author and owner of Cynsations
"With each new edition, this amazing resource gets better and better. Just when you think Harold has said all that can be said to help writers understand the complex world of children's publishing, he offers something new. An eye-opening tool for new writers, and a vital support to any writing career, this book always perches near the top of my reference pile so I can snatch it quickly to find the answers I need. If you truly want to understand this business, this book's for you."
--Jan Fields, author and owner of Kid Magazine Writers
About Harold D. Underdown