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ISBN-13: 978-1599635996 ISBN-10: 1599635992 Edition: Twenty fifth Edition

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  • Series: Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Twenty fifth Edition edition (September 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599635992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599635996
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chuck Sambuchino is an editor for Writer's Digest Books and edits the Guide to Literary Agents. He is the author of books such as Formatting and Submitting Your Manuscript, 3rd Edition, and How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.


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Chuck Sambuchino (chucksambuchino.com) is an editor, bestselling humor book author, and authority on how to get published. He works for Writer's Digest Books and edits the GUIDE TO LITERARY AGENTS as well as the CHILDREN'S WRITER'S & ILLUSTRATOR'S MARKET. His Guide to Literary Agents Blog (guidetoliteraryagents.com/blog) -- all about agents, submissions and platform -- is one of the largest blogs in publishing. He was recently included in a FORBES Top 10 list of "Social Media Influencers in Book Publishing." He teaches at a dozen writers conferences each year.

Chuck's first humor book, HOW TO SURVIVE A GARDEN GNOME ATTACK (gnomeattack.com), was released in 2010 and has been featured by Reader's Digest, the New York Times and AOL News. The film rights were optioned by Sony and director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future). His second humor book, RED DOG / BLUE DOG: WHEN POOCHES GET POLITICAL (August 2012, reddog-bluedog.com), is a humorous photo collection of dogs doing stereotypical liberal and conservative things. It has been featured by Political Wire, USA Today, and the Huffington Post.

In addition, Chuck has also written two other writing-related titles: the third edition of FORMATTING & SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT (2009), and CREATE YOUR WRITER PLATFORM (fall 2012).

Besides that, he is a freelance book/query editor, husband, cover band guitarist, piano lover, chocolate chip cookie fiend, and owner of a flabby-yet-lovable dog named Graham. Find him on Twitter (@chucksambuchino).


Customer Reviews

I would recommend this to anyone who wants to begin writing for children.
Jennifer Haner
Lots of great information - gave me just what I needed to make a submission to the right publishers, and in just the way they prefer.
Luff2sail
Very helpful providing agent information as well as publishing house informqation.
Susan Mattioda-Howard

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By TangerineTea on August 27, 2012
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I was so excited to get the Kindle version before the print version, and to be able to easily cut and paste publisher info from the electronic version into an Excel spreadsheet for sending/tracking of my manuscript. Unfortunately, the four indexes (age level, subject, photography, and poetry) were not listed in the table of contents or included at the back of the book. I spent nearly two hours with Kindle support online and the problem was not remedied even after they re-sent the Kindle book and I downloaded it again. They refunded me my money and submitted for a complete audit of the book via their Content Analyst department. I sure hope the print version actually has it....The info I did see was useful, but the main reason I bought the book was to send my manuscript, and I was really counting on the age-level and subject indexes to make the job easier.

Here is the quote from the book: "To help you narrow down the list of possible publishers for your work, we've included several indexes at the back of this book. The Subject Index lists book and magazine publishers according to their fiction and nonfiction needs or interests. The Age-Level Index indicates which age groups publishers cater to. The Photography Index indicates which markets buy photography for children's publications. The Poetry Index lists publishers accepting poetry.
Sambuchino, Chuck (2012-08-24). 2013 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market (Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market) (Kindle Locations 3497-3501). F+W Media, Inc.. Kindle Edition."
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Rydia on February 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
2.5 out of 5 stars

Cut to the Chase:
If you're writing (or better yet, have already finished writing) a young adult novel and need a step-by-step guide on how to write a query letter and who to send it to, this is for you. Otherwise, though there are helpful lists and indices detailing agents, most of the information covered in the earlier chapters is readily available online via a variety of blogs on how to publish. For example, chapters covering things like writing a query letter only include a few examples, and most of the examples throughout the book seemed to be geared towards the young adult end of the children's market (despite the title). Further, many of the examples feature up-and-coming as opposed to new authors (e.g. one agent shared a query letter from a woman who had already published several books and had won awards), though the book is clearly marketed towards aspiring and starting writers. I think it was useful for the indices and some of pet peeves agents share, and it was clearly written, but, again, the examples were few and far between; it also doesn't cover self- and/or online publishing, which may be a wasted opportunity.

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The writing throughout this book was clear and entertaining -- there are beginning chapters where they've interviewed agents and editors about their various pet peeves ( chapter one mistakes that will make you stop reading, etc). Though there is a chapter about the pacing of picture books, most of the interviews and examples deal more with young adult novels (which does make sense, as there is more to say given that they're generally longer books). The chapters are all fairly brief and range from talking about illustrators to the writing process and/or doing research. But...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Edison on January 20, 2013
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I thought that the interviews with writers and agents were very informative and gave us a good insight of how people in the business think and how to start or and improve your approach to publishing your work.

However I don't think that there was enough information about publishers out there. Several times I was at a store such as Target or Michaels and saw a book where the illustrations were close to my work so I get the name of the publishing company and go home to find it in this book so I can get more information about the company but 4 out of 5 times, that particular publishing company was not listed in the book.

I don't expect every single publishing company to be in this guide but if they are in a major store such as Target or Walmart, then I do expect those companies to be listed.

I think it is a very informative book but I'd like to see less interviews and more publishing companies listed. I would say 25% less interviews and have that amount added in the publishers information section.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Phillip G. Van Wagoner on February 22, 2013
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A lot of imprints listed that aren't interested in unagented submissions, but this book has not been kept up to date and is therefore not particularly useful. It's better than nothing, but I am not impressed with their ability to keep up to date.

Also, a number of potential agents listed that have their validity questioned all over the web, there are even agents listed that have never made a sale.

Better than nothing. But not nearly as good as it should be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michelle K. Bryan on March 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book trying to publish my children's book. The overall information is great especially regarding things that I didn't know anything about like query letters. It was so frusturating to go through each publishing compnay only to realize that many that had been accepting submissions no longer were, and vice versa. I worked long and hard and put together my own list that may help other people. Go to childrenbookspublishers dot com Again, a great book, just needs to be constantly updated.
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