By Harold D. Underdown

“Honest and distinctive… every thing approximately writing for kids there's to know.”
—Jane Yolen, writer

here's the great consultant to writing, publishing, and promoting for the ever-expanding and continually intriguing children’s market—now in a brand new and up to date 3rd variation.

• contains new chapters on self-publishing and on "how to decide on a how-to", plus revision and updates throughout
• deals functional suggestion on getting started--and on facing out-of-print books
• Covers photo books, bankruptcy books, nonfiction, middle-grade and younger novels, and customary codecs and genres
• finds what occurs inside of a kid's publishing corporation, and gives advice in operating with an editor
• pattern conceal and question letters, manuscript layout, thesaurus, and prompt assets in an intensive appendix
• Plus info on brokers, contracts, copyright, advertising and marketing, and extra

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Trust your ability as a storyteller. If the story tells itself, and the consequences of a particular action are clear, the reader will get the point with no need to underline it during the story or repeat it at the end. Vicarious experience puts your message across. On the other hand, you may wish to teach children information or understanding. Again, your mission could overwhelm your writing. —must be interesting. A list of facts or an essay that reads like an entry from an encyclopedia is a good solid piece of factual material.

One of your greatest assets in discovering wonderful children’s literature, when you take the right approach, is a child. Ask the kids of your uncles, cousins, neighbors, and friends what they like to read—and ask your own kids, too. Don’t suggest possible titles, and don’t settle for what they read in school. Ask them what they read when they can choose the book. Children’s tastes can outweigh any marketing plans. It’s been said that the initial popularity of the Harry Potter series can be traced to word-of-mouth through kids, not to what the publisher did.

Revise, revise, revise—but know when to stop. 18 Chapter 3 Survey Course: The World of Children’s Literature In This Chapter ➤ Why your audience is so important ➤ Find out where to learn about the different areas of children’s literature ➤ Learn about which children’s books are most respected by librarians and other adults ➤ Discover good ways to learn what children like to read Crucial to writing for children is acquiring an understanding and knowledge of what children want to read, have read, and continue to read.

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