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By Harold D. Underdown

“Honest and targeted… every thing approximately writing for kids there's to know.”
—Jane Yolen, writer

here's the great advisor to writing, publishing, and promoting for the ever-expanding and constantly fascinating children’s market—now in a brand new and up to date 3rd variation.

• contains new chapters on self-publishing and on "how to decide on a how-to", plus revision and updates throughout
• bargains sensible recommendation on getting started--and on facing out-of-print books
• Covers photograph books, bankruptcy books, nonfiction, middle-grade and younger novels, and customary codecs and genres
• unearths what occurs within a kid's publishing corporation, and gives assistance in operating with an editor
• pattern disguise and question letters, manuscript structure, word list, and steered assets in an intensive appendix
• Plus details on brokers, contracts, copyright, advertising, and extra

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One or more of them could become the basis for a scene in a novel, or for an entire picture-book story. Or these explorations might help you understand what interests you in the world around you and find ways to present information to excite the child, you, and—we hope—your audience. Get a Feel for It Do you think you’re ready to write that story? Maybe you already have. Whether you have or not, here’s one final exercise that will help you get a feel for the form of a children’s book. Choose a favorite children’s book and head to your typewriter or word processor.

Our thanks to Natalie Goldberg for these ideas. Visualization Clear, concise description is a joy, and difficult to achieve, whether you are writing about a dark and stormy night or a new scientific discovery. Practicing visualization can help you improve your skills at description. Settle on a scene you’d like to visualize, perhaps from your childhood, perhaps more recent, but not one that’s right in front of you. Close your eyes, and conjure it up. Take some time to bring as much of it to your mind’s eye as possible.

Art and Commerce Can You Keep a Secret? How big is children’s publishing? Estimates suggest about $2 billion in sales annually, with six publishers—Random House, Penguin Putnam, Golden Books, HarperCollins, Scholastic, and Simon & Schuster—accounting for about half. This is 4,000 to 5,000 books published each year, half by the big guys. But hundreds (maybe thousands) of smaller companies publish books, too, right down to individuals who publish their own books. Remember, too, that at the end of the process, at least if you want to get published, is a book or magazine or something similar that someone (actually thousands of someones) will have to decide to buy.

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