The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books, 3rd Edition

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“Honest and precise… everything about writing for children there is to know.”
—Jane Yolen, author

Here is the comprehensive guide to writing, publishing, and selling for the ever-expanding and always exciting children's market—now in a new and updated third edition.

• Includes new chapters on self-publishing and on "how to choose a how-to", plus revision and updates throughout
• Offers practical advice on getting started--and on dealing with ...

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Overview

“Honest and precise… everything about writing for children there is to know.”
—Jane Yolen, author

Here is the comprehensive guide to writing, publishing, and selling for the ever-expanding and always exciting children's market—now in a new and updated third edition.

• Includes new chapters on self-publishing and on "how to choose a how-to", plus revision and updates throughout
• Offers practical advice on getting started--and on dealing with out-of-print books
• Covers picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, middle-grade and young novels, and common formats and genres
• Reveals what happens inside a children's publishing company, and provides guidance in working with an editor
• Sample cover and query letters, manuscript format, glossary, and recommended resources in an extensive appendix
• Plus information on agents, contracts, copyright, marketing, and more

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“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, 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 Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's 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 children's 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 Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's 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 children's 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 children's 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 book's for you.”
--Jan Fields, author and owner of Kid Magazine Writers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592577507
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 431,824
  • Product dimensions: 7.45 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold D. Underdown is a children's book editor, currently working as a consulting editor and running the well-known children's publishing site "The Purple Crayon." Previously he was vice president and editorial director at ipicturebooks. Before that, he was editorial director of the Charlesbridge trade program, and he has also worked at Orchard Books and Macmillan. He speaks at conferences and provides editorial services to publishers and authors.
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  • Posted June 12, 2009

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    Harold D. Underdown did a good job of explaining the world of book publishing. The sections under "vocabulary list" were very helpful and informative; sometimes the explanations were a little confusing, but if you keep reading clarity will come. If you are interested in getting into the publishing business this book, I believe, will be worth reading. Appendix C with samples of query letters and cover letters is valuable for beginners. Also the book, I think, will offer a realistic view of getting started in publishing children's books plus it informs you of the types of manuscripts the major publishing houses would be interested in receiving. An explanation of the various types of children's books is provided

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