The Business of Writing for Children

An Award-Winning Author's Tips on Writing Children's Books and Publishing Them, Or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids

Author: Aaron Shepard

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781620355015

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 104

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Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children's author -- or even if you're well on your way -- this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books. Topics include common myths about children's writing, children's book categories, elements of successful stories, manuscript format, submission strategies, contract negotiation, the publishing process, career building, and children's writer resources. Also included are specialized subjects such as querying for multiple manuscripts, promoting a first book, and self publishing. Read "The Business of Writing for Children" to learn the secrets you might spend years discovering for yourself. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Aaron Shepard is the author of "The Legend of Lightning Larry," "The Baker's Dozen," and sixteen more picture books and early readers, along with several chapter books for middle grades, extensive resources for storytelling and reader's theater, and a graphic novel. His publishers have included Atheneum, Scribners, Clarion, Lothrop, Dial, and HarperCollins, as well as Cricket and Australia's School Magazine. Aaron's work has been honored by the American Library Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, the American Folklore Society, The New York Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education. He has been a judge for the Golden Kite Awards of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// "BRAVO! I thought it had pretty much all been said, but I was wrong. All the nuts and bolts are here as well as rules that bear repeating, PLUS insights not usually found in how-to books. Clearly and concisely written, this is an invaluable resource for both beginning and more accomplished writers." -- Susan Pearson, Editor-in-Chief, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books "Aaron Shepard has written one of the most comprehensive guides available to anyone wishing to enter the competitive field of children's books. It's all here, from initial idea to successful sale, and then beyond to the essentials of contracts, promotion, and the ABCs of building a successful career. If you're starting out, start out here." -- Stephen Mooser, children's author "Here's clearly-written, no-nonsense help for children's writers by a craftsman. Every fledgling author should own this book." -- Stephen Fraser, Executive Editor, Aladdin Paperbacks "Aaron Shepard's The Business of Writing for Children is a wonderful resource. His experience-based insights into the art and business of children's writing will save beginning writers years of wasted effort -- and help published writers achieve long-term success." -- Kathleen Duey, children's author "The Business of Writing for Children is a one-stop shopping center, a complete how-to-do-it guide for the writer who wants a jump-start on looking professional even though he/she may be turning out a first book. Editors will love you if you do it Shepard's way." -- Audrey Baird, Editor, Once Upon A Time "I carry around a file folder of materials which I share with unpublished writers and illustrators. This book is so comprehensive, I plan to replace my file folder with it. Whether you are a novice or a professional, The Business of Writing for Children needs to be in your library. DON'T write a book without it!" -- Leslie Tryon, children's author/illustrator

Developing Story Ideas

The Power and Purpose of Storytelling

Author: Michael Rabiger

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317351479

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 218

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The vast majority of screenplay and writing books that focus on story development have little to say about the initial concept that inspired the piece. Developing Story Ideas: The Power and Purpose of Storytelling, Third Edition provides writers with ideational tools and resources to generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms. Celebrated filmmaker and author Michael Rabiger demonstrates how to observe situations and themes in the writer’s own life experience, and use these as the basis for original storytelling. This new edition has been updated with chapters on adaptation, improvisation, and cast collaboration’s roles in story construction, as well as a companion website featuring further projects, class assignments, instructor resources, and more. Gain the practical tools and resources you need to spark your creativity and generate a wide variety of stories in a broad range of forms, including screenplays, documentaries, novels, short stories, and plays Through hands-on, step-by-step exercises and group and individual assignments, learn to use situations and themes from your own life experience, dreams, myth, and the news as the basis for character-driven storytelling; harness methods of screenplay format, dialogue, plot structure, and character development that will allow your stories to reach their fullest potential

The Only Writing Series You'll Ever Need

Writing Children's Books

Author: Lesley Bolton,Lea Wait

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 144051738X

Category: Reference

Page: 192

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A Simon & Schuster eBook. Simon & Schuster has a great book for every reader.

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

Author: Harold D. Underdown

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101460806

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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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 an 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.

Writing Children's Books For Dummies

Author: Lisa Rojany Buccieri,Peter Economy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118053214

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Everyone loves a children's book. And many dream about writing one. But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armed with a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell, publish, and promote a book? Yes, it is! Veteran children's book publishing executive and author Lisa Rojany Buccieri and author Peter Economy show you how, in their incredibly useful 2005 first edition of Writing Children's Books For Dummies®. Buccieri and Economy begin by explaining the basics of the children's book business, from the nuts and bolts of the various formats and genres—with helpful illustrations to aid you—to the intricacies of the book publishing market, a list of recent award-winning books, and a first peek into the particular mind set that writing children's books requires. (Hint: Throw out the adult rules, and think like a kid!) Then the authors dive into the actual writing process itself, with tips on setting up a workspace, brainstorming great book ideas, researching the subject you decide on, even speaking with the sorts of kids you hope will eventually read the book. They show you how to create compelling characters and develop them in the manuscript; how to outline and write a plot "arc" of conflict, change, and resolution; how to master the difficult art of writing dialogue; and how to use active (rather than passive) language to keep your story moving along and interesting to young minds. Or, if you're planning to write a creative nonfiction children's book—on a topic such as science, nature, or a historical figure, for example—the authors include a chapter on this, too. Ready, set, go... it's time to sit down and write! Once you've finished your book, however, the process has only begun. Now you will refine, submit, and hopefully sell your manuscript. Here again, the authors of Writing Children's Books For Dummies come through for you. They deliver solid advice on hiring an illustrator—or not; participating in workshops and conferences to learn the business and hone a story; finding an agent; and, finally, submitting the manuscript to publishers and—if you are successful—signing a contract. Along the way, the authors also include tips on handling rejection; a quick primer on the various editors in publishing houses (and how they work to make your book its best); and making a plan to publicize the book, including hiring a publicist if necessary. Like all For Dummies® books, Writing Children's Books For Dummies highlights "The Part of Tens," which includes the Ten Best Ways to Promote Your Story and More Than Ten Great Sources for Storylines. And the ever-helpful Cheat Sheet includes Tips for Editing your Children's Book Manuscript, Children's Book No-No's, Twelve Commandments for Writing Younger Children's Books, and Tips on Promotion. From setting down that first word on paper to doing a successful publicity tour, Writing Children's Books For Dummies gives you the confidence and the insiders' know-how to write and sell the story you've always wanted to write.

How to write a children's book and get it published

Author: Barbara Seuling

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 233

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A fully revised and updated guide to success in the children’s book marke Here, from a successful writer and editor of children’s books, is the ultimate guide for aspiring authors who dream of publishing for children. Using her own experience as well as studies of recent successes like the Harry Potter series, Seuling outlines five steps to success: researching the marketplace, developing story ideas, strengthening writing skills and work habits, submitting proposals and manuscripts, and joining the writing community. With tips on how to use today’s tools like e-mail and the Internet for contacting publishers and researching work, she offers a sensible approach that puts publication within reach of hopeful writers everywhere Barbara Seuling (New York, NY) has written and illustrated more than fifty children’s books, including the popular Freaky Facts series. She is the founder and director of the Manuscript Workshop in Vermont

American Directory of Writer's Guidelines

More Than 1,700 Magazine Editors and Book Publishers Explain What They Are Looking for from Freelancers

Author: Stephen Blake Mettee,Michelle Doland,Doris Hall

Publisher: Quill Driver Books

ISBN: 9781884956584

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 904

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Perhaps the best-kept secret in the publishing industry is that many publishers—both periodical publishers and book publishers—make available writer’s guidelines to assist would-be contributors. Written by the staff at each publishing house, these guidelines help writers target their submissions to the exact needs of the individual publisher. The American Directory of Writer’s Guidelines is a compilation of the actual writer’s guidelines for more than 1,700 publishers. A one-of-a-kind source to browse for article, short story, poetry and book ideas.

Incite

Author: Joy Guyatt,Greg George

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Libraries

Page: N.A

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101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines at Home

A Step-by-Step Guide to Using Herbs, Fruits, and Flowers

Author: John N. Peragine

Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Company

ISBN: 1601383592

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

View: 4360

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Wild wines are a thing of the world. Each culture has developed its own means of fermenting and distilling various fruits and grains into aromatic, strong spirited drinks to grace tables. Making your own wild wine can be a fun, rewarding project that allows you to take full control of the taste and body of your favorite dinner drink.101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines At Home has wild wine recipes that will entice your taste buds. These recipes use the best herbs, fruits, and flowers to create some of the most beloved drinks in the world for yourself, friends, and family. The basics of wild wine recipes are laid out here in great detail, providing everything you need to know to both understand and start making your own wines in no time.You will be shown the basic information or dozens of varieties of herbs, fruits, and flowers, including how they are best used in wine recipes, what you need to do to prepare them, and how they will taste, feel, look, and smell in the finished product. You will learn what to do to promote the integrity of your wine and the many different ways to vary the aspects of both white and red wild wines without sacrificing taste. After learning the basics of wild wine making, you will be shown the process of making 101 wild wine recipes that are well-received around the world. This book details special tips and tricks you can use to perfect your wine and to ensure the best possible batch is produced every time. For every aspiring amateur wine maker out there, 101 Recipes for Making Wild Wines At Home is an absolute must.

American Women's History

Author: Doris Weatherford

Publisher: Macmillan General Reference

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 396

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Offers biographies of women from the colonial period to the present, as well as entries on the suffrage movement, education, birth control, divorce, and related issues

Something about the Author

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Authors

Page: 232

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An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume in this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 children's authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 12,000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries typically cover: personal life, career, writings, works in progress, adaptations, additional sources. A cumulative author index is included in each odd-numbered volume.While Gale strives to replicate print content, some content may not be available due to rights restrictions.Call your Sales Rep for details.