“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 marketnow 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 startedand 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
About the Author
Harold Underdown is an experienced children’s book editor and former editorial director for Charlesbridge Publishing. He served as VP, editorial, for iPicturebooks and has served as editor for children’s divisions at Orchard and Macmillan. He is a frequent speaker at writer’s conferences, training new writers on the ins and outs of the children’s book market, and maintains The Purple Crayon (www.underdown.org), a website on children’s publishing. Currently, he is an editorial consultant in New York.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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