Children's Book ProposalSuggestion for children's books
I' d like to make a children's book
I' ve never even printed a children's book or even made one. This does not stop authors seeking advices for publishing their children's literature from contact me. I know about publishing a children's book that it is not much different from any other book, with one reservation: it is much more difficult.
This is because it is much more difficult because that' s why folks think it is simple to do it. You have a few hundred words in a children's book, as opposed to ten thousand words in an adults' novel or non-fiction. Even textbooks that have been created for grown-ups need a great deal of research. The fact that folks think that children's literature is simple to read makes many folks use it.
That means that children's book publishing houses are overburdened with entries - requests, book suggestions and scripts - and most of them are not good. Childrens textbooks are difficult to read because every individual words count. This applies to every book, but because there are so few words in a children's book, it is even more so.
When one of my book has 85,000 words and 8,000 phrases, I can put away a few poor phrases here and there, and most folks won't notic it. If you have a poor phrase in a children's book, they' ll know. When there are only ten phrases in the whole book and one of them is poor, then 10% of your book is not.
When you see a children's book that has been composed by someone who is not, shall we say, a well-known author, performer or vocalist, do not think that the individual - in additon to his or her fame - is a gifted author. Someone with this kind of cash hires other folks to help them create and publish them.
You may have the initial concept, and it may be a marvelous content, but oeuvre is ambitious than you deliberation, and often case casual to publication a product, it was the ambitious to oeuvre. A good writer knows how to be simple to literate, and a celebrity can buy the best people to help them compose their work.
Publishing houses like to release works "written" by celebrities because (a) the celebrities have worked with a really good author and probably also an illustrator to make the words and illustration just right, and (b) they don't have to care so much about the book's commercialization because the celebrities will do it for them.
But I think this experience gives the general opinion that anyone can make a children's book if that is simply not so. It sometimes can take lessons to put together a phrase. If anyone asks my opinion, I'll be glad to make it available.
So, when I receive an e-mail or mail from someone who wants to get suggestions for posting or posting, I always answer. It' taking me a while to send a note, so I will publish it here on my bylog. So next I can point them out when someone asks me for help on how I can publish their children's book.
Hello, Andrew, I was reading your note and writing your scripts. Really liked the accounts. And I also liked the fact that you put some information about yourself in the note. Instead of working on them, I'm going to give you some pointers. Publishers, especially children's book publishers, are highly competitiv.
It' good, but it'?s generous. Each publishing house would like to receive more information in its request for quotation. Similarly, every publishing house wants to see certain information in a book suggestion. You may want to see (a) a cover note, (b) a book suggestion or (c) your current work.
A number of businesses do not want to see a script until they have reviewed the request form or book proposal, and then they will let you know if they are interested in seeing your work. It might seem like they are "picky," but editors get a thousand notes and suggestions, so they don't even get most of them, and if you mail them something they don't want or don't want, they won't do it.
They will only mail you a formal notification or a refusal by e-mail. This is my piece of good counsel. You' re going to a bookshop and look at the children's book department. You will find a book that is similar to yours - not those that necessarily "look" like yours or a similar plot, but rather a book that has about the same number of words and is in the same category as your work.
It is the editors of these titles that you want to address. Each publisher is interested in certain kinds of book, so if your book is not its own particular "type", it won't interest him. Receive a copy of Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market 2016. "Writers' Market" is a list of bookstores.
Find out about the publisher you would like to contact. As I said, some editors want a request for information, others want a book proposal, and others will look at a work. Enquiries are flooding the publisher's staff so that they don't have to spend time reading everything. Here too, the editors are very selective.
You may want everything in Times New Roman, 12-point typeface, double-spaced, and if you don't submit it like that, they won't do it. If you have found a publishing house that is interested in the types of book you are writing and the work of new writers, please check the directions to whom you can turn in the business and how to do so.
The first book I suggested was 13 pages long and contained a great deal of information, because the publishing house wanted to see this before they even looked at a work. I' m tellin' you all this because I know how difficult it is to get a book deal. I' ll tell you that if you write a general request without doing "your homework" about the respective publishing house, your work will not be made.
And if you sent them a listing of the script, they won't will. Begin with the note and scripts you have written, but then you should do so. For about $20 you can buy a children's book and illustrator store at Amazon. Aside from the listings, they contain a great deal of information about the open markets, getting an Agent and getting publish.
Consider becoming a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I' ve got a nurse who has been trying to publish a children's book for several years and she said that the information she got from her branch was very useful. Once you have done all this, and you have the right information for a particular publishing house, in the right formats, and you want me to look at it, you are welcome to forward it.
But I also know how hard it is to get new writers out. You' ll have to do everything the publishers do, otherwise your manuscripts won't be reviewed, no matter how good they are.