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Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course March 2015 | March 6 – March 8, 2015

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 course 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, provide you with a one-on-one review of your manuscript and answer all of your questions. Our goal is to give you a broad overview of the business of children’s books so that you can make good choices about where and how to submit your work.

Our faculty of children’s book insiders has a wealth of information to share with you! We’ll begin with an overview of children’s publishing followed by insight on submission “best practices.” You’ll hear from an editor about the editorial process and educational publishing, followed by sessions on writing for magazines and working with an agent. We’ll discuss the challenges and opportunities in self-publishing as well as marketing yourself and your books. Each night after dinner we’ll hear from an author or illustrator.

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

"I was impressed with the faculty's interest in the conferees individually. Great people!"—Diana Hill, 2014 attendee, Parkersburg, WV