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Creating Picturebooks: Interviews with Editors, Art Directors, Reviewers, Booksellers, Professors, Librarians and Showcasers
     

Creating Picturebooks: Interviews with Editors, Art Directors, Reviewers, Booksellers, Professors, Librarians and Showcasers

by Kenneth A. Marantz, Sylvia S. Marantz, Sylvia Marantz
 

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How are children's picturebook proposals chosen for publication? What characteristics of picturebooks promise success? How much input do the artist-authors have once their proposals have been accepted by a publisher?

The dynamic process of producing picturebooks is charmingly revealed through interviews with those directly involved from start to finish

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How are children's picturebook proposals chosen for publication? What characteristics of picturebooks promise success? How much input do the artist-authors have once their proposals have been accepted by a publisher?

The dynamic process of producing picturebooks is charmingly revealed through interviews with those directly involved from start to finish (including two galleries devoted to displaying the art). In the United States, picturebooks have accounted for $2 billion in sales in a recent year. Compiled from interviews with editors, art directors, and production managers from both British (e.g., Anderson Press, Victor Gollancz, and Walker Books) and American publishers (e.g., Farrar, Straus, and Giroux; Houghton Mifflin, Candlewick Press, and Random House), this book reveals how the creative process works within the business of publishing. The interviews with reviewers and booksellers help provide a well-rounded perspective.

Editorial Reviews

American Libraries
reveals the secrets of picture-book publishing
School Library Journal
chapters on book houses and review journals will...be of interest to librarians and students
School Library Association
a book for all students of children's literature...it would make a valuable addition to any college library
Booknews
The 20 interviewees answer questions about how children's picturebook proposals are chosen for publication, what characteristics promise success, and how much input artist- authors have once their proposals have been accepted by a publisher. They represent both British and American publishers and two galleries devoted to displaying the art. A resource for aspiring authors. No bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786404155
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1997
Pages:
247

Meet the Author

Retired professor Kenneth A. Marantz is a longtime columnist for The Book Report. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. Sylvia S. Marantz, a retired school librarian, is a longtime columnist for The Book Report, writing about picture books. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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