I've recently written a short children's book. Does anyone have ideas on how to get it published?
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1/12/07 at 5:43pm
|Before you start sending your story to publishers, read it to other writers and listen to their stories as well. Your regional chapter of the SCBWI can help you join or form a critique group...Revise, edit, rewrite, and then revise some more. Polish your work before submitting and make sure it is presented professionally. Read the SCBWI publication "From Keyboard to Printed Page" for proper formatting information.|
|Do not rush out and make 20 copies of your work and send them off to all the publishers you know. Publishers get thousands of manuscript submissions a year, and almost as many art samples. But some don't even read this mail, known as unsolicited manuscripts or "slush." Some specialize in one genre or another, and won't even look at something that isn't targeted at their needs. You can waste a lot of time and patience if you don't know about these and other pitfalls.|
Why is multiple submissions a no-no?
What about getting an agent?
The not being able to get an agent til you're published thing is weird to me. I just had a family friend recommend getting an agent to help you get published. It's how she did it. : Crap. I'm in the same boat as all of you. I don't have anything written yet but I'm wondering how the process works. I already have an illustrator, though!
|or find a book by a publisher that seems to share the same style. That's what got mine published .|
Boo to the illustrators thing. How does one present their book to a publisher since it's just text? (and not too much of it)
|Remember, it's their JOB to visualize how the words will be mapped out onto 32 pages. They do this all day, every day.|