The Business of Writing for Children
is a clear, concise, resourceful, often eye-opening guide that is filled with solid advice to help aspiring writers sell their manuscripts and to help published authors boost sales. I learned a good deal from this handy resource. I am sure anyone who is serious about the business of writing for children will profit from it. -- Robert D. San Souci, children's authorThe Business of Writing for Children
is a clear, concise guide to the often misunderstood field of children's books. No matter what your level of experience -- from beginner to veteran -- there is much to learn from Aaron Shepard's nuts-and-bolts approach to surviving the bunny-eat-bunny world of writing for children. Read it and learn! -- Larry Dane Brimner, children's authorThe Business of Writing for Children
is a one-stop shopping center, a complete how-to-do-it guide for the writer who wants a jump-start on looking professional even though he/she may be turning out a first book. Editors will love you if you do it Shepard's way. -- Audrey Baird, Editor, Once Upon A Time
Aaron Shepard has written one of the most comprehensive guides available to anyone wishing to enter the competitive field of children's books. It's all here, from initial idea to successful sale, and then beyond to the essentials of contracts, promotion, and the ABCs of building a successful career. If you're starting out, start out here. -- Stephen Mooser, children's author
BRAVO! I thought it had pretty much all been said, but I was wrong. All the nuts and bolts are here as well as rules that bear repeating, PLUS insights not usually found in how-to books. Clearly and concisely written, this is an invaluable resource for both beginning and more accomplished writers. -- Susan Pearson, Editor-in-Chief, Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
Finally, a thorough, concise overview of the business end of writing for the children's market. This book is a wonderful gift to the budding authors of the world. Aaron has combined great talents for writing and storytelling with smart and informed business practices to create a great career. Now he shares what he has learned, to help others do the same. -- Kip Nead, co-owner, Seeds of Change Children's Bookstore
For aspiring writers of picture book fiction and folktales, this is a great introduction to the complicated world of children's book publishing. -- Harold Underdown, Senior Editor, Charlesbridge Publishing, and Webmaster, The Purple Crayon
Here's clearly-written, no-nonsense help for children's writers by a craftsman. Every fledgling author should own this book. -- Stephen Fraser, Executive Editor, Aladdin Paperbacks
Writers attempting to break into the children's book market will thank Aaron Shepard for graciously sharing his own hard-earned knowledge. I am adding this to my list of must-reads for newcomers to the field. -- Margaret Read MacDonald, author and librarian
Written by an experienced picture book author, this guide covers all the basics of writing for children in a realistic, practical manner. The fun -- as well as the work -- of writing, selling, and marketing books for young readers is evident in every step of Shepard's approach. -- Judith O'Malley, Editor, Book Links
About the Author
Aaron Shepard is the author of Master Man, The Sea King's Daughter, The Legend of Lightning Larry,
and sixteen other published and forthcoming picture books. His publishers have included Atheneum, Scribners, Clarion, Lothrop, Dial, and HarperCollins, as well as Cricket
and Australia's School Magazine.
Aaron's work has been honored by the American Library Association, the National Council for the Social Studies, and the American Folklore Society, and he has been a judge for the Golden Kite Awards of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.