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So You Want to Write a Children's Book

An Insider's Handbook for Children's Writers and Illustrators Who Want to Get Published

So You Want to Write a Children's Book    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-0-88995-456-4
Pages 124
Language English only
Price $12.95
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Written by Peter Carver.
Published by Red Deer Press, 2011.


Ever wanted to write or illustrate a children's book and have no idea where to begin or where to seek publication? This handbook for new and aspiring children's authors and illustrators is the ultimate guide to the whole process of writing your book and getting it to the publisher.

Written in clear and expert prose by Peter Carver, one of North America's leading children's book editors, this book will show you how to begin, how to develop the story, how to speak to your audience, and how to refine the work for publication. Peter does not beat around the bush: Writing a children's book is hard but rewarding work that requires the kinds of skill and dedication you can develop from the wisdom and guidance found in these pages.

So You Want to Write a Children's Book includes:
  • How to get started
  • Writing for your audience
  • Producing the manuscript
  • Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama
  • How illustrators get hired
  • Illustrating picture books and non-fiction
  • Planning your portfolio
  • Knowing fiction and non-fiction, trade or education markets
  • Should you get an agent?
  • Submitting your publication
  • Self publication
  • Contracts
  • Copyright
  • How a publishing house works
  • List of writers' resources and associations
  • And much more
Peter Carver is a veteran children's book editor and recipient of the International Board on Books for Young people (IBBY) Claude Aubry Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Children's Literature. Through his renowned workshops and retreats he has mentored hundreds of new and veteran authors, including dozens of national and international award winners whose books have been published in dozens of languages.

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