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You'll also find guidelines for writing effective query letters, preparing professional submissions and creating promotional art samples, along with information on organizations, conferences and contests that can boost your career.
Invaluable articles examine writing in rhyme, e-publishing, networking, negotiating contracts and marketing basics for illustrators, while interviews with award-winning creators David Almond (Skellig), Franny Billingsley (The Folk Keeper) and Amy Walrod (The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)) offer insights and inspiration.
Finally, Philip Lee (Publisher, Lee & Low Books), Harold Underdown, (Vice President, ipicturebooks.com), Judy O'Malley (Editor, Cricket Magazine Group) and agent Barry Goldblatt provide you with insider advice for getting your work into print. It's all the information you need in one incredible book!
|From the Editor||1|
|Just Getting Started? Some Quick Tips||2|
|How to Use This Book to Sell Your Work||4|
|Before Your First Sale||8|
|The Business of Writing & Illustrating||13|
|Contract Savvy for Writers & Illustrators||20|
|Self Promotion for Illustrators||26|
|Are E-Books an E-Z Sale?||35|
|A Peek into the Canadian Children's Book Market||42|
|Dummies Aren't for Dummies: Mocking Up a Picture Book||47|
|Read, Right? Read, Write!||52|
|Whose Book Is It Anyway? A Picture Book Illustrator's Perspective||54|
|Writing Humor (in Five Easy Steps)||60|
|Travelling Companions: Making Connections Online||65|
|To Crit or Not to Crit? A Spotlight on Critique Groups||74|
|Is It Really a Crime to Write in Rhyme?||77|
|First Books Follow-up: Sonya Sones||91|
|David Almond: A Sense of Coming Home||93|
|One Voice (in a Million)||101|
|Linda Sue Park||130|
|Greeting Cards, Puzzles & Games||255|
|Play Publishers & Producers||263|
|Young Writer's & Illustrator's Markets||274|
|Agents & Art Reps||284|
|Clubs & Organizations||298|
|Conferences & Workshops||304|
|Contests, Awards & Grants||320|
Posted July 30, 2002
If men really are from Mars, then a Martian wishing to learn about the children's book trade from 'Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market' would have to conclude that, although there ARE male authors and illustrators, new books by previously unpublished men either don't exist or are considered insignificant by the book's editors. In addition to an admirably complete listing of book publishers, magazine markets and literary agents, 'Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market' includes annual advice features, most notably a chapter called 'First Books'. Ostensibly, 'First Books' is intended as a retort to the unpublished author and illustrator's lament 'But NO ONE is getting anything published unless they have at least 3 best-sellers to their name!' In both the 2002 and 2001 editions, none of the previously unpublished creators of children's books profiled in 'First Books' were men. Either there were no new books written and illustrated by men in those 2 years (highly unlikely) or the editors decided that the contributions to children's reading by previously unpublished men weren't worth the ink (bingo!). Furthermore, while professional writers have had the concepts of 'gender neutrality' and 'all-inclusiveness' hammered into their literary heads for the last 30 or so years, often under pain of termination, most of the advice columns are written in the third person feminine ('If your agent is doing her job, you will be free to devote more time to writing') instead of the all-inclusive third person ('If your agent is doing his or her job, . . .'). Writers have been fired from their jobs for snubbing female members of a profession in similar fashion ('If your agent is doing his job, . . .'). To be fair, established male authors and illustrators were profiled in the last few editions but until the day when true gender equity and equal opportunity are achieved, 'Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market' is a reminder that the children's book trade is immune from the obligation to treat every person fairly, regardless of her or his gender.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.