Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Info Galore in the 2010 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market

The Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market Guide used to be the only place an author could acquire information about what publishers want and how to send it. Now we have the Internet with guidelines and even complete book catalogs filling our screen. Some writers don't use the market guide each year and simply go to the publishing websites. Personally, I like to use the current market guide and the web side-by-side. Look at some of the articles included in this information packed book:
  • Inspirational stories from first time authors about how they landed that first book!
  • Quick tips for Writers & Illustrators: This covers topics that are especially helpful to the new writer and illustrator.
  • Before Your First Sale: You'll learn about cover letters, queries, proposals, manuscript formats, resumes, submissions, agents & art reps.
  • Running Your Business: This section covers contracts & negotiations, payment methods, copyright, great sources for contract help, and more.
  • Evolving Children's Book Publishing by Kelly Milner Halls: This article is a must read if you want to stay up to date in today's changing market! Follow her five steps.
Other articles cover writing humor with tips from the pros, revision, writing for reluctant readers, writing series for book packagers, social networking, book promotion, and much more. Whew!

This awesome book by Alice Pope does far more than give information on publishing houses---it also inspires, teaches, and helps keep writers up to date in this rapidly changing industry. In my opinion it's a valuable tool for the children's writer. I've already got my 2010 edition and it's right next to my computer. Got yours?

4 comments:

Gloria McQueen Stockstill said...

Yes, Sherri. I picked mine up last week and have already started reading all the articles and searching publishers. A great tool!

Gloria

Amy Tate said...

I love the writer success stories they include. They're uplifting and I need all the encouragement I can get.

Janet, said...

No, I don't have my copy yet. I'm a little behind, I've been looking in my 2008 copy. I like their articles, too.

Jean said...

Gotta get one of those!

Jean
http://www.jeanmatthewhallwords.blogspot.com