If you’ve thought about writing or illustrating for children but don’t know where to start, here are some questions to ponder:
Children’s publishing is more competitive than it has ever been, and to be successful you will need to learn as much as you can about the business. There is a lot of good information on the Internet (see links below) but if you’re more inclined to devote a focused weekend to learning, think about taking our workshop Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course. Industry veterans Harold Underdown, Tanya Anderson and Bobbie Combs will give you a comprehensive look at the industry and suggest best practices for beginning authors and illustrators.
Some helpful links:
The Basics of Children’s Writing and Illustrating from Harold Underdown’s Purple Crayon website.
The Society for Children’s Writers and Illustrators Members can access their many pages of “how-to” information.
Fiction Notes blog, by Darcy Pattison, has lots of information for writers.
Writer’s Links: On Publishing at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s excellent resource website.
RX for Writers from the Institute for Children’s Literature.
WriteForKids.org, with books and online resources.
Posted on: June 17, 2014