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Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2014 | September 19 – September 21

We’re looking for curious and serious beginning writers. If you’ve thought about writing for children but don’t know where to start, this is the workshop for you! This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. We’ll guide you through the processes of creating, submitting and selling a book or magazine article, answer all of your questions and provide you with a one-on-one review of your manuscript.

Our faculty of children’s book insiders has a wealth of information to share with you! We’ll begin on Friday evening with dinner, followed by a presentation by author/illustrator Floyd Cooper. Floyd will talk about his books, share some thoughts on the industry and demonstrate his unique illustration process.

Saturday begins with an overview of children’s publishing by Bobbie Combs, followed by insight from Harold Underdown on submission “best practices.” After lunch you’ll hear from author/editor Tanya Anderson about the editorial process and educational publishing, followed by sessions on writing for magazines and working with an agent. Saturday’s after-dinner speaker is author, editor and former agent K.L.Going.

On Sunday morning we’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities in self-publishing as well as marketing yourself and your books.

Topics include:

  • An overview of children’s book and magazine markets
  • What publishers are publishing
  • Getting help before you submit—critique groups, books, conferences
  • How to research and submit your manuscript
    »» Selecting a publisher
    »» Submission rules and practices
  • Rights, contracts, and agents—what authors need to know
  • Acquisition and the editorial process
  • Selling systems, marketing, and promotion
  • Opportunities in self-publishing

Faculty & Special Guests

“This was the most valuable and enjoyable workshop I have ever attended. The faculty worked together extremely well. I can’t wait to come to another workshop!”

Kim Varner
Potomac, MD

“The workshop as a whole exceeded my expectations and was truly delightful. The faculty was very gracious and helpful. Bobbie Combs was a standout; she was the perfect hostess. The staff was excellent. I hope to return for another workshop in the not-too distant future.. Many, many thanks!”

Robert Karrick
Bowling Green, KY

“The workshop was incredibly motivating.”

Kathleen Welsch
Summerville, PA

“I can’t thank everyone involved enough for a great battery-charging, brain-infusing weekend in a gorgeous setting! I’m fired up in a way that I haven’t been for years.”

Nancy Carpenter
Baldwinsville, NY