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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books, 3rd Edition (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – Illustrated, May 6, 2008
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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 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
- Publisher : Alpha; 3rd edition (May 6, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1592577504
- ISBN-13 : 978-1592577507
- Item Weight : 1.01 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.38 x 0.82 x 9.13 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #540,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you DO love the art and craft of children's book production, then this book is for you. Highly recommend it!
Written in the form of short notes, this book contains all the information, wisdom, reading lists and even contacts that you might expect to harvest at a three-day seminar on publishing children's books, as a mere fraction of the price.
It starts with the basic truth that children's books MUST appeal to adults (since adults buy them - not children) and then takes the reader through the 'world' of children's books and how to write, illustrate and publish them. I use the word 'world' because this book goes beyond the simple 'how to' manual in that it takes the reader inside the childrens' book industry and deals with agents, publishers and how to build a career as a successful childrens' book writer.
There are other books that deal with the writing, layout and illustration of childrens' books in far more detail, but this is the first book that I've encountered in my thirty-plus years of writing that gives me a feel for the greater universe of book production that I need to navigate in order to achieve success.
A highly recommended first manual for every children's book author.
He redefines rules, because some are really suggestions. He quotes other learned celebs. I especially appreciated "When You Get a Nibble." Under this heading he looks at notes written on rejection letters and reads between their lines. The editor really meant "submit again."
One thing I didn't care for was the Sample Cover Letters for Unpublished Authors section. The don'ts are self-evident. I would have preferred to see more do's.
Linda C. Mason, author of the Spirit of Truth Storybooks from A - Z.