Questions to ask BEFORE you submit your story or art

If you’ve thought about writing or illustrating for children but don’t know where to start, here are some questions to ponder:

  • How do I turn my idea into a good, solid story?
  • Should I send my story to a magazine or to a book publisher?
  • To which publisher should I submit my story?
  • Do I send my entire story or just a synopsis? Is there a “right way” or a “wrong way” to submit a story?
  • What does a book contract look like? How much money will I make?
  • Do I need to find an agent before I’ve actually sold a story?
  • I’m an artist. Do I need to send an illustrated story to a publisher, or can I just send some sample art?
  • Should I self-publish my book?
  • How do publishers place books with bookstores, libraries and online retailers?

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 but if you’re more inclined to devote some focused time to learning, think about taking the Crash Course in Children’s Publishing. The industry veterans on our faculty will give you a comprehensive look at the industry and suggest best practices for beginning authors and illustrators.

Posted on: June 17, 2014

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