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For children's writers and illustrators: if you can have only one book on your shelf....,
This review is from: 2007 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market (Paperback)
This is a condensed version of the review I posted on my web site, The Purple Crayon. I'm the author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books, and I have to be familiar with books in the field. CWIM is a very reliable market guide.
Contents: Considering its title, it's no surprise that the bulk of CWIM is taken up by the Markets section. This provides information about publishers of books, magazines, greeting cards, and plays. There are several profiles of industry "insiders" scattered through. This year, the cover claims 750 individual listings in all, down from last year's 800, so the editors have been pruning. The book publishers section has about 200 entries. The entries vary in length, but always include addresses and other basics; they may also include names and titles of editors and art directors, a brief description of their publishing program, sample titles, and other information. Indexes help you find publishers by subject. New this year is a "Names Index," which lists editors--this is a very useful feature.
The first part of the book has articles, some of which present the same basic information for people just getting started every year, followed by 12 all-new articles and five "First Books" profiles. I always turn to this part of a new CWIM first. This year, articles that interested me included "Writing the Nonfiction Book Proposal," "The Newest Children's Book Imprints," "Mainstreaming the Graphic Novel," and "Blogging for Authors and Illustrators."
Comments: Though I like the feature articles, which cover topics of interest to published authors (reprints, self-promotion) as well as beginners, the reason to get CWIM every year is the Markets section. CWIM is almost always accurate, and saves anyone who needs information about children's publishers an enormous amount of time and effort. If you tried to compile this information yourself, you wouldn't have time to write or illustrate.