Crash Course in Children’s Publishing: Everything You Need to Know (Online Only) 2020
February 17 - April 13, 2020
Join Us To:
Get a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. Gain an understanding of the writing, revising, submitting, publishing, and marketing of a children’s or YA trade book. Learn details about the editorial development process, including what to do once you have a finished book. Receive a customized consultation from faculty to discuss your work and goals.
What You’ll Learn:
This is a workshop for serious beginners: learn all you need to know about the business of publishing children’s books! You will:
- Explore genres of books, types of publishers, types of markets; fiction vs. nonfiction, flat fee vs. royalties, school & libraries.
- Find out how to get help before you submit: books, conferences, critique groups, beta readers, children.
- Use writing exercises to get to know your characters and develop your stories.
- Understand submissions rules and practices: which mistakes to avoid.
- Find out how to get started as a professional and find your community.
- Learn about how publishers sign up manuscripts and how to make sense of contracts.
- Discover the publishing process: developmental editing, line-editing, copyediting and proofreading, design & illustration, production, marketing & distribution.
- You want to write for children but don’t know how to get started. Our goal is to answer ALL of your questions about the process.
- You’ve written a story for children but have no idea about how to submit it to publishers. This course will give you best practices for revising and submitting your work.
- You have sold some stories to children’s magazines and would now like to learn more about the book publishing process. Perfect! We’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look at all that goes on, from submission to publicaiton.
The course is divided up into 9 sessions, each with a different topic. Here are the session topics and dates:
February 17, Session 1: Introduction to the Crash Course, with Harold Underdown (Live)
- Faculty introductions
- Chapter-by-chapter review
- How to use the Thinkific platform
- Writer and Illustrator introductions, and goal setting
February 24, Session 2: Books, Publishers, Markets and More, with Harold Underdown
- Types and genres in the children’s book industry
- Types of publishers, and who’s who
- Today’s children’s book market
- Additional resources, including Matthew Winner’s “Writers Are Readers” and more!
March 2, Session 3: Your Manuscript and What Happens Next, with Harold Underdown
- Building your industry knowledge
- SCBWI, critique groups, & kids
- Additional resources, including the newly announced ALA and YALSA award winning book list, and more!
March 9, Session 4: Getting Started as a Professional, with Leah Henderson and Harold Underdown
- Getting started as a writer
- Finding community, caring for yourself as a creative, and dedicating time to your craft
- Additional resources, including “You’re Never Too Old to Write” and more!
March 16, Session 5: Digging into the Work, with Leah Henderson and Harold Underdown
- Knowing Your Characters Creative Exercises
- Character Backstory
- Little Known Facts
- Character voice
- Character interview
- Place as character
- Further writing exercises
- Additional resources, including “Kidlit Illustrators Share Tips and Tricks,” and more!
March 23, Session 6: Researching and Submitting
- Publishers and Editors
- Agents & What They Do
- Additional resources including, “Query Writing is All About the Pitch” and more!
March 30, Session 7: Getting the Deal, with Harold Underdown
- The Contract
- Understanding terms and royalties
- What to WATCH OUT for
- Additional resources including “Believing After 10 Rejections” and more!
April 6, Session 8: After the Deal: The Editing and Publishing Process, with Harold Underdown
- Developmental editing, line-editing, copyediting and proofreading.
- Design and illustration
- The “End”
- Additional resources including a video highlighting self-publishing in today’s market, and more!
April 13, Session 9: Where Do We Go From Here? with Harold Underdown (Live)
- Questions you still have
- Evaluating your goals and next steps of action
- Preparing for individual consultations
Who should attend? Watch the video.
Into the Woods podcast talks with Harold Underdown about the online Crash Course
Faculty Interview: Leah Henderson
Harold Underdown: 7 Quick Tips for Beginning Writers
Behind the Scenes With a Bookseller: Dave Richardson
Harold Underdown:How to Start Revising That First Draft
Harold Underdown: Getting Out of the Slush Pile
Questions to ask BEFORE you submit your story or art
Event Cost: $399.00