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The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author's Tips on Writing Children's Books and Publishing Them, or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids Paperback – Mar 1 2000
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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 author
The 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 author
The 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.See all Product Description
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Shepard begins by listing some "Dangerous Myths and Terrible Truths" about the business. Then he offers general guidelines on how to write for children, dealing with topics such as Theme, Plot, Story Structure, Characters, Setting, Style and Tone.
The different kinds of children's books categories can be confusing and hard to distinguish from one another; Shepard describes each in a clear manner.
Everything from formatting and submitting your manuscript, to negotiating a contract, to understanding the publishing process, to building your career, to scripting your story can be found between these pages, and more. A separate section is given to other topics such as Rhythm and Writing and Researching Folk Tales.
Most helpful are the author's sample flyers and queries, especially his ingenious way for sending one query for multiple titles, saving time and postage fees. Shepard also offers clever alternatives to sending queries by using Post-its. At the end of the book there's an Appendix filled with useful resources.
Be aware this book will not teach you how to self publish a children's book, but only how to sell your work to traditional publishers. However, this is a reference work valuable for anybody who wishes to understand the business of writing for children. Highly recommended.
The subtitle for the book is "An Award-Winning Author's Tips on How to Write, Sell, and Promote Your Children's Books." The key word here is tips, and it is these tips which make this a helpful book.
One of his tips, writing your story as a script for a children's play, strikes me as simple, yet rewarding. Many children's books require more dialogue than narrative, so making a script requires you to view your work from a new perspective. It is such a simple idea, but I had never thought of doing it.
One of his marketing tips is to use the script you wrote and market it with the book. Schools are more likely to use a book for class if there are more things to do with it. Creating study questions is another idea.
Although this was a quick-read, I would recommend reading this...
Many of the reviews already placed here have gone into more detail on what is contained in this book, so I will simply summarize...
This is an easy to read and understand book full of valuable information for the aspiring, or previously published, children's writer.
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I borrowed this book from the library and felt I needed my own copy. Also it is highly recommended in my course I'm taking on writing for children. Read morePublished on May 17 2013 by Katherine Adlam
If only all books who purport to "pave the way" to begin writing was written as well as this one, there might be more writers in the world in this particular genre!Published on May 5 2009 by Roxy
I bought this book back in 1993 and have been successful in publishing, due in part by following Aaron Shepard's suggestions. THANK YOU so very much, Aaron! Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003 by Jan Peck
I finally received ï¿½The Business of Writing for Childrenï¿½ and was amazed at the information he reveals. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2001 by D. hamilton
This is a very good book especially in regard to the business of writing for children.
If you want to write picture books, I also recommend "How to Write and Sell... Read more
For the price that it is, this book is a steal. It gave excellent tips from an experienced children's writer while giving me some confidence because I feel like I won't look like... Read morePublished on June 21 2001 by R. Resnick
Aaron's book is worth the price just for the wealth of inside information found in DANGEROUS MYTHS AND TERRIBLE TRUTHS. And that's just the introduction. Read morePublished on April 30 2000 by BookCat
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