How to get Published as a Children's AuthorAs a child author, how is one published?
Publication as picture-book author with Kylie Westaway
Kylie Westaway recently published her first storybook, Whale in the Bath, with illustrations by the beautiful Tom Jellett. She gives some hints for publication as a photo author. When I was three, I first told them I wanted to be a writer. There is no recollection of what lead me to this choice, beyond an early passion for literature.
While I knew many students who had graduated from high schools and were not sure what they wanted to do next, I never staggered - although I went through some stages of "marine scientist AND author", "dolphin coach AND author", "queen of Egypt AND author". There will be 50 more for each author published.
Publication can often seem like a monumental undertaking - a performance so challenging that it sometimes seems inconceivable. There are definitively not all the responses, but I thought I would divide some of the more useful clever fingers that came to me during the getting my first work.
It was ridiculous luck for me to submit my script to a publishing house because I asked a children's books publishing house to see some of my work. You probably guess the result - the second one was the one that was successful and the one that became my first published novel, Whale in the Bath.
Thought I must have revised the first storyline and rewrote it so that the original ity and sparkle was forfeited. However, a few month later, when I actually had the guts to ask my editor what she thought of the first novel and why she hadn't been chosen for publishing, she said it was because she didn't really like textbooks that had such an open statement.
but that wasn't the point. I had never thought at any point that my history was about recycled. Encouraging other folks to study your script not only helps to straighten out wrinkles and uncover errors in the storyline, or cases where you have midway through changing the character's name.
Especially with storybooks you should get your reader to tell you what your stories are about. If you were to write the back cover or describe it to someone else, ask them what they would say. When everyone comes out with something else, your tale isn't clear.
The Whale in the Bath, for me, is about holding on to your weapons when you know that you are tell the whole truths, but a number of folks have said to me that it's about how some children don't like to bathe. Do not take this away from the history and there is nothing incorrect with your history that has repeated news as long as they do not get muddled.
Each person will read and receive different narratives from them, according to their own backgrounds, thoughts and experience, and listening to these views will always help you refine and enhance your narrative. Recently I saw a On Ya Bus article in a weblog in which I requested textbook manuscripts, and I was impressed by their entry guidelines:
It seemed to me to be the heart of what my editor had thought about my two entries. There was one funny tale that made her laugh. Another tale was told about someone who is different, and that's okay, with the added morality of recycl.
It is my firm belief that the moral concepts that children are learning about right and injustice come in part from the message they get in the book. Surely lexicons are a great tool to reinforce and demonstrate the difference between good and evil behavior by the people and the situation they represent. It is a writers task to do this without re-using a fatigued phrase in a funny side jumping game.
It can be argued that these textbooks contain educational materials about colors, counts, weekdays and so on, and that is the truth, but they are also funny, inventive tales that attract them. The latest favorite of my 4-year-old niece is about a young woman who goes to bed and realizes before going to bed that she has forgot to take her favorite toys with her and doesn't know how to do it.
There' s a lecture on dividing and raising, but it's disguised in a history she can identify with. Search for the situation where kids can find their way around, look for enjoyment and playfulness that is at their own standard without speaking to them. I am repeatedly asked whether I knew Tom Jellett (the Whale in the Bath illustrator) before he illustrates my novel and whether I tell him what I wanted him to do for each page.
First meeting Tom after the publication of the volume. and made the narrative he saw from the words. If I could have illustrated the script myself, Tom made beautiful plot lines that would not have existed. A wealthier and better history with Tom's fantasy has been added.
Textbooks are costly to produce. For this reason, most publishing houses do not release nearly as many illustrated textbooks per year as fiction, and their programmes are often full more than a year in advance. As a result, the number of illustrated works published is often more than a year in the year. It is common for most publishing houses to release only a few photo albums per mont.
Write your story to others, submit it to publishing houses, get other readers to study your work. Identify what kind of textbooks publishing houses are publishing before you submit your work. Don't submit your work to a publishing house that only sells adults, for example. Don't submit your work to a publishing house that doesn't take on unasked works (Allen & Unwin take their Friday pitch every Friday, but no textbook entries).