I Wrote a Children's BookI' ve written a children's book.
So you wrote a children's novel... What now?
Some of our bestsellers have been found in our unasked mailboxes! Indeed, the text for Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site was an unasked entry by a previously unreleased author - and it is now celebrating over 3 years on the New York Times best-seller lists! Every months we get about a thousand unasked children's scripts, like the ones in the mailboxes below.
Each of them is here one of the children's editors and I am here to give you some advice on how to make your script stand out. Learn how the bi-weekly publisher`s Weekly children's bookcase update makes the sector think (we all do every month, so it's a good way to know what we're up to!).
If you are starting to write for kids, you may be interested in becoming a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book Authors and Illustrators. You can also use them to find a critics group where you can work on a project before contacting a publishing house. While there are many great novels about reading and illustration for kids, some of them are:
Write with pictures by Uri Shulevitz, Image This: In Editor's Talks on Descriptive, Revising, and Publishing by Cheryl Klein. You should check which publishing houses match your manuscripts before contacting publishing houses by checking their website and reading the text.
For information on the submission rules of children's publishing houses and journals (in parallel to information on competitions ), we refer to the annual update of the Children's Writers and Illustrators Market 2015, which is available in most bookshops. Please send us your work if you think it fits in well with our work!
Once a months the children's editorial staff make themselves comfortable on the sofas on the 4th level to check every entry. For the Kinderverlagsgruppe, the application rules are different from those for adults, also because of the size of the project we have. In this sense, we cannot answer every entry as much as we want, because we would no longer have enough free space to make the book.
These are some simple hints (apart from our entry guidelines!) to make sure your entry is different from the hundred other entries we're currently reading: At the moment we only have one masculine journalist in the children's newsroom, and unfortunately he works from a distance, so there is a chance that your readers are woman.
Proofreading for spelling errors, such as the name of an editors, the name of the business or the name of one of our best sellers. Most often we get a textbook with the author's actual animal or kid, including photos. Surely we are all urged to do what we know and there are so many beautiful textbooks on animal kingdoms - Kevin Henkes' first full moon is a favourite.
But in general, the artist should be free to choose to portray the character as he sees fit, without adhering to the precise freckles on the photo.... and even tales about certain domestic animals or kids run the danger of having too small an audiences. The author's writings about a fictitious pet or kid often free him from making the tale more thrilling and general.
For Amos McGee is one of my favourite photo albums, so of course there are exemptions to this rules, but generally children are inclined to reading about them. There are also many entries in which the parents are the actual main characters of the film - the action is about the parents' interests, the parents are the ones who have a considerable increase in personality and who ultimately solve all the problems.
When there' s a child in the script, they must be the protagonists. It is our task to read contributions! Keep it easy shows that you are professionally and probably experienced in filing with agencies and publishing houses. When you submit a new product or present proposal (e.g. an online table book), we recommend that you make a copy of your proposal to let us know how the product works.
But if you submit a text-only pictorial work, we don't need the arts to visualise manuscripts - for example, you don't need to involve Beatrix Potter's bunny to show what your bunny character might look like. We' re used to read a text-only script and then imagine how it would work visual.
Simply enter the text on one page (NOT with one phrase per page). We' d rather not have a proposal rejected just because we thought you wouldn't want someone else to do it! When you refer in your covering note to any kind of research you have done for the work, you will appreciate how seriously we take genuineness and accurate.
Coming in a self-published proposal for review and stating in your covering note that you are ready to review it - and hopefully even enthusiastic about immersing yourself in the editing work. This will hopefully give you a small check list to keep track of when writing, editing and sending in your children's manuscripts. It' really about getting connected with the right editors who both get and worship your work.