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Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2018 | March 22 – March 25, 2018

A workshop for serious beginners: learn all you need to know about the children’s book industry!

This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You will gain understanding of all processes associated with submitting, producing, and selling a trade book or magazine article. You will also learn from and make connections with children’s publishing insiders.

Our goal is to answer ALL your questions!

Topics include:

  • How to select a publisher
  • Trade book and magazine markets and genres
  • Getting help before you submit
  • The mechanics of submitting your work
  • The editorial process
  • Art department: layout, design, and illustration
  • Contracts and royalties
  • Writing a query letter
  • Selling systems and promotion
  • Opportunities in e-book and self-publishing

Faculty blog posts:
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

Preliminary schedule:
Optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press.

Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner
Introductions and favorite book sharing, all faculty

Show and Tell Overview, Harold Underdown with faculty
Genres of books, types of publishers, types of markets, including magazines; fiction vs. nonfiction, flat fee vs. royalties, school & libraries.

Getting started, Part 1, Harold Underdown
Getting help before you submit: books, conferences, critique groups, beta readers, children.

Getting to Know Your Character Inside and Out, Leah Henderson

Optional Peer-to-peer critiques, Alison Green Myers, Bobbie Combs, Dave Richardson

Getting started, Part 2, Harold Underdown
Mistakes to avoid; submissions rules and practices.

Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner
After dinner: My Writing Journey, Leah Henderson

After the contract is signed, Harold Underdown
Editorial development process, copyediting, production, finished book.

Leaving Room for Your Illustrator, Lindsay Barrett George
How an illustrator is chosen, the illustrator’s role in the process, putting it all together.

Behind the Scenes with a Bookseller, David Richardson
Advance reading copies; price point; discover how to approach a bookseller and what works for getting a buyer’s attention; create a proposal for an in-store event.

Submitting to magazines, Highlights magazine editor TBD
Markets; submissions; contracts; selling to magazines.

Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner
After dinner: Getting Started as a Professional, panel facilitated by Bobbie Combs

Overview of self-publishing, Bobbie Combs and Harold Underdown
Opportunities and mistakes to avoid with self-publishing.

Writing a Query Letter, Alison Green Myers

One-on-one consultations with faculty

Final faculty Q&A, facilitated by Bobbie Combs

Lunch and farewell.

Faculty & Special Guests

"The varying perspectives of author, editor, bookseller gave us a round view of what it's like to publish and sell a book."

All the faculty were professional and courteous. They were open to speak with us the entire weekend and willing to answer any questions we had. I learned all the basics of publishing I could've hoped to in such a short amount of time, and feel it is time well invested."

"The value of this course stands out to me the most. For the cost – nowhere could I get the information from leaders in the field, one-on-one feedback, accommodations, high end meals and the take-away resources. This is the smartest money I have spent on this journey to publishing."