Freda M. Chaney, D. D. Literary Scout
It doesn't have to be perfect! If you can sketch fairly well, just put your ideas down on paper. Publishers almost always use their own artists for their children's books anyway. Check out the Writer's Digest book guides for children's books.and determine how to lay out your book according to publisher's needs. There are helpful online sites that show you sample mock-ups as well. Her's one to try now: http://www.ehow.com/how_2217476_create-mockup-childrens-book.html Have fun with it!!! Write on...
Who has read the young adult novel, The Giver by Lois Lowery? This would make an excellent choice for a young person's Christmas list! Love this Newbery Medal winner!
WOW!!! Is it difficult to publish a children's book or what???
Well, I know some children's book writers who have gotten published, even if they had to go the personal route of self publishing. I've seen some fine self-published children's books!
If you don't have an agent, and you are out there looking on your own for a publisher, I highly recommend the latest edition of "Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors, & Literary Agents." Get your ducks in a row, and then make contact with the agents/publishers if you intend to go the traditional route. If not, study the companies who offer self-publishing packages including the artwork if your book will be illustrated (of course the majority ARE.)
If writing is your passion, you will stick with it no matter how many rejection slips you get. Have fun with them, wallpaper a wall in your office with them, and when you get published and your book is selling well, walk to that "rejection wall,"
Who has read THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY? This delicious novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows comes highly recommended and is a #1 New York Times Best Seller. Reading the letters from various characters from 1946, during the German Occupation of Guernsey Island (one of the English Channel Islands between France and the UK) is like sitting down to a literary smorgasbord garnished richly with the imagery of those dark times. In short, it is a book about the human spirit's capability of survival over seemingly impossible challenges. Add a a few good books, some spicy characters who leap from the page, and a bit of Brit humor, and you've got it!
What is holding you back from becoming a published author? Let me hear from you...
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