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Jan 282016
 

Aquila

Bayard Presse Canada

Bbc Worldwide Publishing

Benjamin Franklin Lit Med Soc – scroll to the middle of the page for children’s magazines Submission guidelines

Boys Life Submission guidelines

Carus Publishing Submission guidelines

Cobblestone Publishing Submission guidelines

Cricket Magazine Group Submission guidelines

Davis Publications Inc Submission guidelines

Dc Comics Submission guidelines

Discovery Girls, Inc.

Fancy Publications A Division of Bowtie Press Submission guidelines

Focus On The Family (Religious)

Group Publishing Inc (Religious) Submission guidelines

Highlights Submission guidelines

Horn Book Inc (Children’s Book Reviews) Submission guidelines

Imagine Publishing Inc Submission guidelines –

Kids Discover

Kidsbeat (Magazine Publisher)Submission guidelines

Michigan United Conserv Clubs Submission guidelines –

Monarch Avalon Submission guidelines

National Geographic Society Submission guidelines

National Wildlife Federation Submission guidelines

Natl Council Social Studies Submission guidelines

New Moon Submission guidelines

Nickelodeon Magazine Submission guidelines

Northwest Parent Publishing Submission guidelines

Once Upon A Time Submission guidelines

PETA Submission guidelines

Pleasant Company Submission guidelines

Pro Circ Submission guidelines

Prufrock Press Submission guidelines

Raising Arizona Kids Submission guidelines

Redan, Inc. Submission guidelines

Review & Herald Publ Assn Submission guidelines

Science Weekly Submission guidelines

Scott Publications Submission guidelines

Skipping Stones Submission guidelines

Southern Baptist Convention Submission guidelines

Synergy Learning Inc Submission guidelines

The E Ticket Submission guidelines

The Time Inc. Magazine Company Submission guidelines

University Of Dakota Submission guidelines

University Of Illinois Press Submission guidelines

U.S. Kids Submission guidelines

Wagadon Publications Submission guidelines

Walt Disney Publishing Inc Submission guidelines

Weekly Reader Corporation Submission guidelines

Willow Tree Publishing Submission guidelines

Writer Publications Submission guidelines

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ANNICK PRESS 

BAYEUX ARTS INC

BOOMERANG

CHOUETTE EDITIONS

COURTE ECHELLE

DOMINIQUE ET COMPAGNIE

FITZHENRY

GROUNDWOOD BOOKS

HURTUBISE HMH EDITIONS

INTOUCHABLES

KEY PORTER

KIDS CAN PRESS LTD

KIDZUP PRODUCTION

MADISON PRESS BOOKS

MAPLE TREE PRESS

ORCA BOOK

PAIX EDITIONS

PEMBROKE PUBLISHERS LTD

PHIDAL

SCHOLASTIC CANADA

SECOND STORY

TCP PRESS

TRALCO LINGO FUN 

TUNDRA BOOKS

WEIGL PUBLISHERS INC

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ALADDIN BOOKS

ALLEGRA PUBLISHING 

AMBER BOOKS

ANDERSEN PRESS LTD

ARCTURUS PUBLISHING LTD

AUTUMN PUBLISHING LTD

AWARD PUBLICATIONS LTD

B SMALL

BALLON

BAREFOOT BOOKS

BEEHIVE ILLUSTRATION

BERRYLAND BOOKS

BLACK A & C

BLOOMSBURY

BOXER BOOKS LTD

BRITISH MUSEUM PRESS

BROWN REFERENCE GROUP

BROWN WATSON

BROWN WELLS AND JACOBS LTD  – Book Packager

CATERPILLAR BOOKS

CHERRYTREE

CHICKEN HOUSE PUBLISHING

CHILD’S PLAY INTERNATIONAL

CHORION

CHRYSALIS BOOKS PLC

CREATIONS FOR CHILDREN INTERNATIONAL – Book Packagers

DE AGOSTINI

DORLING KINDERSLEY

EGMONT BOOKS

EGMONT MAGAZINES LTD

EGMONT WORLD

EVANS BROTHERS LTD

FABER & FABER LTD

FERNLEIGH BOOKS

FLAME TREE PUBLISHING

FRANCES LINCOLN

HALDANE MASON

HELEN EXLEY

HIT ENTERTAINMENT

HODDER CHILDREN’S BOOKS

IMAGE BOOKS PUBLISHERS

IMPALA

LETTS EDUCATIONAL

LION HUDSON

LITTLE TIGER PRESS

MACMILLAN CHILDREN’S BOOKS

MAKE BELIEVE IDEAS

MCDONALD BOOKS + POSTERS

MEADOWSIDE CHILDREN’S BOOKS

MILES KELLY PUBLISHING

OMARA

ORCHARD BOOKS

ORION CHILDREN’S BOOKS

ORPHEUS BOOKS

OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

PANMACMILLAN KINGFISHER

PARRAGON CHILDRENs BOOKS

PENGUIN

PICCADILLY PRESS

PINWHEEL

PRICE MATHEW

PRIDDY BOOKS

PRODESIGN

PUFFIN BOOKS UK

QUARTO

RAGGED BEARS

RANDOM HOUSE CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING UK

RANSOM PUBLISHING

READER’S DIGEST CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING

RED BIRD PUBLISHING

Rigby UK (Division of Harcourt Education) – “Educational books and software for children aged 3 – 12, from Heinemann, Rigby and Ginn.”

SALARIYA BOOK COMPANY

SCHOLASTIC

SIMON & SCHUSTER UK LTD

SOUTHWOOD BOOKS

TANGERINE DESIGNS LTD

TANGO BOOKS

TARQUIN PUBLICATIONS

TEMPLAR PUBLISHING

THOMSON DC

TICKTOCK MEDIA

TOP THAT PUBLISHING

UMBRELLA

USBORNE PUBLISHING

WALKER BOOKS

WARNE, LADYBIRD & BBC CHILDREN’S BOOKS   http://www.peterrabbit.com/

WATTS PUBLISHING GROUP

WEST DAVID

WIZARD BOOKS

WORKING PARTNERS LIMITED

Zodiac Publishing UK Ltd (Submission Guidelines)

ZOOBOOKOO

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Jan 282016
 

ABC BOOKS

Allen & Unwin: Submission guidelines
ALLEN & UNWIN

BLAKE EDUCATION

ERA PUBLICATIONS

FUNTASTIC LTD

Heinemann (Educational) – “A resource bank of curriculum-based information and interactive data developed specifically for Australian secondary teachers and students.”

HINKLER BOOKS PTY LTD

LOTHIAN BOOKS

MACMILLAN EDUCATION AUSTRALIA

PEARSON EDUCATION AUSTRALIA

PENGUIN BOOKS AUSTRALIA

Rigby (Division of Harcourt Education) – “Creative educational solutions in literacy, mathematics, science, SOSE and professional development has earned Rigby the reputation as Australia’s leading publisher of primary education materials.”

SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA

THE BOOK COMPANY

TRACY MARSH PUBLICATIONS

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Jan 282016
 

If you are new to children’s writing, you may feel like there is a lot to learn.. and there IS! There are some good courses available through providers like the Institute of Children’s Literature and Writer’s Digest University. The issue with these courses for most writers is their cost. You can teach yourself all you need to know about writing children’s books by purchasing books used to teach writing skills.

If you’d like a less expensive route, and are capable of self-teaching, the following books are recommended for consideration:

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

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books

Elements of Fiction Writing – Beginnings, Middles & Ends

Creating Characters Kids Will Love

Fiction Writer’s Workshop

The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life

Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time

Writing Active Setting: The Complete How-to Guide with Bonus Section on Hooks Box Set

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript

The Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals

Reading some, or all of these books, rather than spending several hundred dollars for one of the popular courses will help you write better stories for publication. By reading these books before you begin submitting, you will also gain critical skills that will help you get your first contract.

Best of luck with your writing and I hope this site, the tips within, and the resources we’ve provided will help you further your career as a children’s writer.

Happy Submissions!
Sandy

Also, please note: I am an author, not a publisher nor an agent, so I do not accept submissions of any kind.  Neither do I make recommendations regarding where to submit your manuscript. I wish you the BEST of luck in your publishing endeavors.

May I suggest starting with:
How Do I Get Started Writing for Children?
Which Publisher Should I Submit To?
How do I find a critique group?
How do I find an Agent?
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Jan 282016
 

Can false teeth fly in a tornado? Finding The Experts
By Kathryn Lay

I had a great idea for a cave story. In actuality, the story was about a boy with claustrophobia and the creative way he dealt with it while spelunking. Considering that I’m afraid of all things creepy and crawly, I’ve been in few caves and knew little about caving.

But the father of one of my daughter’s friends did. He’d traipsed through nearly every cave in and around Texas. He was more than willing to answer my “what if” and “how” questions. I wrote the short story and it sold to SPIDER with few changes.

When working on a short story about a girl who decided to runaway from the circus, I went back to an interview I’d done with a circus family years ago. Their information helped me to delve into the feelings of my character and the realities of circus life. The story sold to HOPSCOTCH.

Unlike some writers, I don’t enjoy spending hours of time researching for one fact that I need to put believability in a 900 word story. When an idea comes, I just want to get it down on the computer.

In an effort to ‘think ahead’, I began creating an expert file a few years ago. My Expert Box has helped me many times in both fiction and nonfiction writing.

Do you know any experts? Sure you do. My experts have come from various sources and are easily found when I need them.

First, I made lists of experts I knew. Family, friends, co-workers, family of my friends, friends of my family, my husband’s co-workers, parents of my daughter’s friends. I was surprised at how many different ‘experts’ I came up with and the variety of information they could provide.

On 3X5 cards I wrote down their names and contact information, and what they were experts at; whether it was their job, hobby, or interest. Sometimes, they became multi-experts. A computer technician who is a close friend is also a storm-chaser. He has come in handy with tornado information and loves to talk about storms. My brother is a mail carrier. My sister-in-law a travel agent. A friend of a friend raises horses.


My next resource is the newspaper. I watch for stories on local people who are profiled because of their specific hobby, ability, interest, job, or area of expertise. Lastly, as a writer of adult nonfiction, I am often in need of an expert for a quote or source of information. Once I’ve interviewed them, I ask if I can use them or their information again. If they agree, they also become a part of my Expert Box. A safety expert from the Red Cross or National Safety Council will be a big help for information that involves bicycle, swimming, or other safety issues children encounter.

Try having an expert party with your writer’s group. Bring information on your experts to share with your friends. Make a note on the card where you got the information, and if it’s through a friend or another expert, make sure to mention their name when contacting the expert.

Don’t become a pest with your experts. When you have a question on a topic, plan the questions ahead so that you won’t take much of their time. If you’re not in a hurry, they may prefer to have the questions mailed or emailed so they can have time to think about the answers.

My Expert Box full of 3X5 cards is on my desk, within easy reach. By creating an expert file, you don’t always have to spend hours searching through stacks of dusty tomes to find your information. Just pick a card.

The End

Kathryn has had over 1000 articles, stories and essays published in magazines and anthologies. Her first children’s novel, CROWN ME! was published in 2004 with Holiday House books. You can learn more about her writing, her online classes, and her writing book “The Organized Writer is a Selling Writer” at her website at www.kathrynlay.com or email her atrlay15@aol.com.

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Jan 282016
 

POLISHING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
by Sandra L. Cook, ©2001, All Rights Reserved

Tightening up your manuscript is always necessary. It is difficult in the beginning, but becomes easier with practice. As you consciously go through your manuscripts, you will develop an eye for whackable words. Soon you will be eliminating them from your writing before you put them on paper.

Whackable words are “telling” words, “-ly” adverbs and lame adjectives. “Telling” words are often forms of the “to be” verbs. In the statement, “She was surprised”, the word “was” tells the state she is in. What could you say besides “was surprised”?

She slapped her hand on her chest and gasped. By this action, we know she is surprised without being told. Using action is what editors mean when they say “Show, don’t tell.” To eliminate these telling words, search your manuscript and circle words such as:

was, were, is, has, had

Adverbs ending in -ly are whackable words. You may say, “He walked slowly towards me.” By combining the verb and adverb into one more descriptive verb, you can cut your word count and be precise with your language. If a person is walking slowly, then they may be described as sauntering, meandering, or strolling. You could then say, “He strolled towards me.” Maybe he sauntered towards you or meandered towards you. By controlling your adverb/verb combinations, you can set the tone or communicate emotion better.

Lame descriptors that don’t tell you very much about the very thing you are trying to describe very precisely can be eliminated very easily. Very often, a writer will be very non-committal and will use a word such as “very” to emphasize something they think is very important in their story. I hope using very very frequently will help make it evident how weak the word very is as a descriptor.

Instead of saying “very important”, you could say “critical”. Instead of saying “very often”, you could say “frequently”. “The very thing” can have “very” eliminated altogether since it doesn’t enhance the meaning at all. “The very thing” IS the same as “the thing”.

Eliminating a weak descriptor will strengthen the statement without adding additional words. Instead of saying “very lame”, just saying “lame” is equally as effective.

Other lame words include “just” (she just wanted), or “that” (I told you that he left), “due to the fact” condenses to “because”. Taking out “just” or “that” does not change the meaning of the statement, so zap them! There will be occasions where keeping the words will make the sentences flow. By being aware of need versus unnecessary usage, you can make your manuscript better.

In order to make your writing the best it can be, you can utilize books like ones they use in correspondence schools that teach writing skills. I have located several top-notch books which come highly recommended by others. Books in our Bookroom cover scenery, character, plot, dialogue, etc. and will teach you skills taught in the top correspondence schools for a pretty penny less! You will also want to check out other Books that will help you with your Writing Improvement and Refinement to help you with general polishing of your writing.

Happy Writing,
Sandy

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What if NO Publishing House Approval was Required to get published?
Guess what? It’s NOT anymore! 😀

You may not realize it, but Kindle books an eBooks outsell printed books by two-to-one these days. For my books, I sell on average about twice as many Kindle books as print copies.
Authors can easily publish their own Kindle books using free tools on Amazon. You can ALSO publish print books through Amazon’s Createspace service.

I’ve self-published several books. Let me tell you.. It’s a LOT easier to self-publish a book than it is to get a traditional publisher to accept and publish your book. AND, your books will sell if they’re good books!
I self-published and am currently selling over 100 copies in a month. I have great reviews, and am looking at self-publishing additional titles because of how easy it is.

If you’re interested in getting started, the two training courses below are a good place to learn all you need to know:

I completed this course: Kindle Money Mastery – It is geared more towards publishing non-fiction titles than it is children’s books or fiction titles, but the how-to publish a book content is GREAT.

This is a similar course: Kindle Cash Code
You don’t need both courses–Just pick the one that you prefer.
You can use your writing skills and your unique life experiences, interests and hobbies, to develop a successful writing careero or as an at-home business.
Ordinary people CAN make money selling information on the Internet… Because I’m pretty ordinary and I’m doing it!
Being a writer already, you have a distinct advantage. YOU can use your talents to make money with your writing NOW.
You can get a good idea about how to write an ebook and publish it on the Internet for a profit with the following eBooks too. Internet Publishing is the BEST way I’ve found to fulfill my desire to write, to earn money in a non-invasive way, and to succeed while being a work-from-home mom.

The following two products are step-by-step courses about writing and publishing eBooks for fun or profit. For a writer, this is a highly effective way to get your career launched without waiting for a publisher to “discover” you.

My hope is that by browsing these products, you will begin to see new possibilities for your writing career. Who knows.. Maybe you’ll be the next eBook millionaire!

Ultimate Kindle Workshop (complete video tutorial course)

Write A Best-selling Ebook

I’ve read a TON of info on the Internet and watched a bunch of tutorial videos to figure out how to publish my own books. I’ll tell you–you can do it that way and you’ll reach your goals, but it is a lot easier to purchase a simple, robust “How-To” training course to get started with eBook publishing.

THANKFULLY, there are some publishers of courseware to teach us these things in a concise way these days!

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Finding an agent who will work well with you and will represent your work well is a task that is just as difficult and involved as finding a publisher.  Agents are selective and will not accept work that is not publishable.  Often agents won’t consider clients who have not had something previously published.

It will not be an easy task to find representation, but if your stories are publishable – TRULY publishable – you can submit to agents whether or not you have ever been published.  You will want to be careful to select an agent that you get along with and to check the credentials carefully of any agent you are considering.

You can begin your research by acquiring the list of agents from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  This list contains reputable agents who specialize in the children’s literature market.

The agents have different criteria and guidelines for submission.  You should follow the submission process specified.  If there are no guidelines given, it would be wise to write asking what the submission requirements are and if they are accepting new clients.

There are several good books which list agents.  I’ve provided a list containing variety of these books. Access our list ofGuidebooks for Finding Literary Agents and Marketing Your Manuscript to view books that will fill your specific needs for marketing your book to an agent.

Once you have located agents whose terms are compatible with your needs, you can contact them with a query letter and/or submission.  Response times vary greatly so be prepared to wait.  If your work is publishable or compatible with the agents’ tastes, you will get a positive response.

Some agents work with a verbal contract, others require you to sign a written agreement. If you are uncomfortable working with a verbal agreement, you can always request a written one and most agents will comply. Be sure you understand the conditions and terms under which you can cancel the contract too.

Best of Luck,
Sandy Cook

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If you are interested in writing and/or illustrating children’s books for publication, you will need to study various aspects of the industry prior to seeking publication. You must learn what makes a manuscript publishable, how to find the right publisher for your book and how to submit your manuscript to the selected publisher(s).

You will not be able to write a story, print it, then send it to the first publisher you find and expect to be published. There are many beginners out there who think this is how to get published. You will be well ahead in the game if you do a bit of reading first.

You should be able to put together your own “course” about writing for children by selecting books from the different areas of the craft. If learn by reading these books, you won’t have to spend several hundred books for a writer’s workshop!

First, I would recommend acquiring a book (possibly two books) about the process of writing and illustrating for children.  Some of the best books available are listed on this Reference List of Books about Writing for Children:

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

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books

How to Write a Children’s Picture Book: And get it published

How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books and Get Them Published

You Can Write Children’s Books
The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children (Write for Kids Library)

How to Write a Children’s Book and Get It Published

How to Write for Children and Get Published

How to Publish Your Children’s Book: A Complete Guide to Making the Right Publisher Say Yes (Square One Writer’s Guide)

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully

The ABCs of Writing for Children: 114 Children’s Authors and Illustrators Talk About the Art, the Business, the Craft & the Life of Writing Children’s Literature

These books have the overview information you will need to learn about writing for different age groups, word counts, editing, and seeking publication. For more detailed information, you will want to select books in the specific area of interest. You can find a wide variety of books about writing and illustrating for children in our Bookroom.

After you have read one or more of the basic books, you will have a good idea of what makes a publishable book and how to market your story.  BUT, you may not be ready to get published yet.  There is one thing I highly recommend to improve the publishability of your manuscript.  Join a critique group.  Since you are already online, the best way for you to do this is probably through an email critique group.

Once your manuscript is the best you can make it, your marketing campaign can begin.  This is a highly challenging part of the profession.  You will need to acquire a copy of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2016: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (CWIM).  This is the essential market guide for finding publishers who are interested in your manuscripts.

The CWIM contains contact information, descriptions of needs, and payment information for hundreds of publishers.  It also includes essays on the craft of writing.  This book is required for you if you want to sell manuscripts in today’s marketplace.

Publishers offer a variety of genres (A genre is a specific type literature that is based on subject area, fiction or non-fiction, or age group).  You must research to find a publisher that handles books of the same genre as yours.  If you have written an easy reader, you MUST find a publisher that publishes easy readers or your manuscript will be doomed for rejection.  The same applies if you write picture books, non-fiction, christian literature, chapter books or if you illustrate for children’s books.

I get numerous emails asking, “Who should I submit my manuscript to?”  My answer is, “I cannot possibly answer that question as I am not an agent nor a publisher.  I have no idea what your story is about and it is research you must do for yourself.”  With that said, I can assist you by pointing you to the many publishers listed on this website.  When their submission guidelines can be found, I have provided a direct link to those guidelines.  In either case you will want to look for stories or books that are similar to, but not the same as, yours.

I truly hope that you have found this information helpful.  Happy Reading AND Happy Writing!

Best of Luck,
Sandy Cook

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