As this revised edition states, “Children’s publishing is a big business, with many kinds of publishers, many kinds of books, and right ways and wrong ways to do even such a simple thing as write a cover letter.” Children’s book editor Underdown covers all the bases of breaking into the industry, from tips on maximizing the creative process to manuscript-submission pointers to ideas for promoting a published book. Background on the history and current state of children’s publishing includes information on new trends and new imprints launched up to 2007. Featured throughout are real-life anecdotes from published authors and illustrators and recommended Web resources. Back matter includes a glossary, bibliography, sample cover letters, and an index. Whether a “complete idiot” or an experienced writer or illustrator, children’s-publishing hopefuls will find this a comprehensive, balanced resource. --Laura Tillotson
If you want to see your work published, this is the one book you absolutely must have. Why? Because Harold tells the truth about publishing for kids and teens; the good news, the hard news, and the information that will give your story a fighting chance. This book unveils all the secrets. I personally recommend it to hundreds of writers every year.
--Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak, Fever 1793
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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 Idiots Guide to Publishing Childrens 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 childrens 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 Idiots Guide to Publishing Childrens 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 childrens 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 childrens 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 books for you.
--Jan Fields, author and owner of Kid Magazine Writers