web site hit counter 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 - Ebooks PDF Online
Hot Best Seller

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

Availability: Ready to download

Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children's author -- or even if you're well on your way -- this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books. Topics include common myths about children's writing, children's book categories, elements of successful stories, manuscript Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children's author -- or even if you're well on your way -- this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books. Topics include common myths about children's writing, children's book categories, elements of successful stories, manuscript format, submission strategies, contract negotiation, the publishing process, career building, and children's writer resources. Also included are specialized subjects such as querying for multiple manuscripts, promoting a first book, and self publishing. Read -The Business of Writing for Children- to learn the secrets you might spend years discovering for yourself. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Aaron Shepard is the author of -The Legend of Lightning Larry, - -The Baker's Dozen, - and sixteen more picture books and early readers, along with several chapter books for middle grades, extensive resources for storytelling and reader's theater, and a graphic novel. 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, the American Folklore Society, The New York Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education. He has been a judge for the Golden Kite Awards of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// -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 -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 -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 -Aaron Shepard's The Business of Writing for Children is a wonderful resource. His experience-based insights into the art and business of children's writing will save beginning writers years of wasted effort -- and help published writers achieve long-term success.- -- Kathleen Duey, 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 -I carry around a file folder of materials which I share with unpublished writers and illustrators. This book is so comprehensive, I plan to replace my file folder with it. Whether you are a novice or a professional, The Business of Writing for Children needs to be in your library. DON'T write a book without it!- -- Leslie Tryon, children's author/illustrator


Compare

Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children's author -- or even if you're well on your way -- this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books. Topics include common myths about children's writing, children's book categories, elements of successful stories, manuscript Writing books for children is both art and business. If you dream of becoming a children's author -- or even if you're well on your way -- this handbook can help you in writing sellable stories, getting them published, and promoting your books. Topics include common myths about children's writing, children's book categories, elements of successful stories, manuscript format, submission strategies, contract negotiation, the publishing process, career building, and children's writer resources. Also included are specialized subjects such as querying for multiple manuscripts, promoting a first book, and self publishing. Read -The Business of Writing for Children- to learn the secrets you might spend years discovering for yourself. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// Aaron Shepard is the author of -The Legend of Lightning Larry, - -The Baker's Dozen, - and sixteen more picture books and early readers, along with several chapter books for middle grades, extensive resources for storytelling and reader's theater, and a graphic novel. 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, the American Folklore Society, The New York Public Library, and the Bank Street College of Education. He has been a judge for the Golden Kite Awards of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. ///////////////////////////////////////////////// -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 -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 -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 -Aaron Shepard's The Business of Writing for Children is a wonderful resource. His experience-based insights into the art and business of children's writing will save beginning writers years of wasted effort -- and help published writers achieve long-term success.- -- Kathleen Duey, 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 -I carry around a file folder of materials which I share with unpublished writers and illustrators. This book is so comprehensive, I plan to replace my file folder with it. Whether you are a novice or a professional, The Business of Writing for Children needs to be in your library. DON'T write a book without it!- -- Leslie Tryon, children's author/illustrator

30 review for 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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I'd forgotten I'd purchased this book on my Kindle. When I stumbled upon it again, I decided to read it since I'm writing some children's stories. I love the crisp, clear writing style. Nothing wasted here. Includes some valuable tips I hadn't considered. Also seems to be slightly outdated. Although there are references to the Amazon Kindle and some other modern developments, so I'm guessing this book has been revised at least once already. Anyway, a good quick read for anybody interested in the I'd forgotten I'd purchased this book on my Kindle. When I stumbled upon it again, I decided to read it since I'm writing some children's stories. I love the crisp, clear writing style. Nothing wasted here. Includes some valuable tips I hadn't considered. Also seems to be slightly outdated. Although there are references to the Amazon Kindle and some other modern developments, so I'm guessing this book has been revised at least once already. Anyway, a good quick read for anybody interested in the business side of writing children's books.

  2. 5 out of 5

    janeann fessler

    This is a great book. I am glad that I finally found a look with practical advice

  3. 4 out of 5

    Carrie Daws

    This book covers publishing as a whole, with tidbits specific to the childrens market. If youve new to publishing or know very little of the publishing process, this book is simple to understand, thorough and informative. I highly recommend it to help get you started well. If youve already published a few books, youll be able to skim through some of the information. Still I picked up a bit here and there that explained some of the behind-the-scenes stuff I didnt know, gave me names for things I This book covers publishing as a whole, with tidbits specific to the children’s market. If you’ve new to publishing or know very little of the publishing process, this book is simple to understand, thorough and informative. I highly recommend it to help get you started well. If you’ve already published a few books, you’ll be able to skim through some of the information. Still I picked up a bit here and there that explained some of the behind-the-scenes stuff I didn’t know, gave me names for things I did know but didn’t know the proper terminology for, and covered a few of things specific to writing for children that were helpful.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Geoff Lynas

    Short but packed with insights. Aaron Shepard knows his subject. Would have scored 4 stars but for its age. Some topical reference just isn't any more. For example, I am sure Alta Vista may have been the go-to search tool in 2000 but not now. Other technical stuff has dated. Maybe its time for an updated version. I thought that his advice on the rhythm of language could have benefited from a few more examples. A valuable Saturday morning read nonetheless.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    The Business of Writing for Children An Award-Winning Authors Tips on How to Write, Sell, and Promote Your Childrens Books by Aaron Shepard is an indispensible tool if you want to start to write children's books. You musn't never think that it is ssimple to write good children's books Personally, when I pick up a children's book I am very selective. As also said Isaac Bashevis Singer in a famous quote: "In our time, when the literature for adults is deteriorating, good books for children are the The Business of Writing for Children An Award-Winning Author’s Tips on How to Write, Sell, and Promote Your Children’s Books by Aaron Shepard is an indispensible tool if you want to start to write children's books. You musn't never think that it is ssimple to write good children's books Personally, when I pick up a children's book I am very selective. As also said Isaac Bashevis Singer in a famous quote: "In our time, when the literature for adults is deteriorating, good books for children are the only hope, the only refuge." This book will help you to understand tips and tricks that, differently you would learn after a lot of years of experience in this field. The first that should be understood is that it is not simple to make some money with children's books, if not after a lot of years of practice. If in the chapter Thruths and Myths we will see what it is real and what it is just a myth in the editorial field of children's books, in the second chapter, The Basics, the author will define the field of your work. Are you interested to work for beginning readers or for teenagers? For everyone tips and tricks, for creating a good and captivating story. Then the submission of the story and what it is now a publishing house, with all the possible differences existing in the sector; a big one, an independent, an epublisher etc treating alsocontract and rights, royalties. Shepard will also write down several pages about the distribution of the book once published. The second part start with the suggestion of scripting the story, where there are not too many dialogues,in particular when the children's writer writes mainly for toddlers and so he lacks some fantasy. Dialogue and action must become two words close together. I also found interesting and funny the ways for promoting a first children's book. Beautiful and interesting for sure, highly recommended to all the future children'swriters of this world. Good Luck! I thank NetGalley for this ebook.

  6. 4 out of 5

    S.F. Hardy

    Invaluable Read for the Aspiring Writers on the Scene! The Business of Writing for Children exceeded my expectations! I wish I'd purchased sooner, but I have now learned the error of my ways. I can't say enough about this guide. The author's delivery is captivating and the visual aids are utmost helpful. There are also notable resources provided, too!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karina

    Fantastic. This book has the answers for all of your questions and even more. Uncomplicated and straight to the point. If you are wanting to write a children's book for publication, this book, will save you time, money and heartache.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Cougler

    A useful book with lots of in-depth information for the beginning or seasoned writer. Shepard seems to have lots of background and imparts the information in a succinct and flowing style. I particularly liked the information on beats and how it informs the effectiveness of sentences and paragraphs.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn Injoy

    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 by Aaron Shepard is a reference book or children's fiction. I gave it two stars. I tried several times to read this book. I just couldn't finish it. It was documentary dry and I didn't like it. It did give some helpful information on what makes a successful story. "The strongest children's stories have well-developed themes, 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 by Aaron Shepard is a reference book or children's fiction. I gave it two stars. I tried several times to read this book. I just couldn't finish it. It was documentary dry and I didn't like it. It did give some helpful information on what makes a successful story. "The strongest children's stories have well-developed themes, engaging plots, suitable structure, memorable characters, well-chosen settings, and attractive style. For best results, build strengths in all areas." I received a complimentary e-copy from Shepard Publications and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review. Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Business-Writi...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Magy

    Have you always wanted to write a children's book? Do you already have a few drafts sitting in a desk drawer or on your computer? Award winning children's author Aaron Shepard will help you edit, publish, and market those stories with his now updated The Business of Writing for Children. Shepard dispels myths of children's writing and takes you through some of the basics of crafting a story, formatting, submitting, querying, publishing, and marketing while also giving specific tips and examples Have you always wanted to write a children's book? Do you already have a few drafts sitting in a desk drawer or on your computer? Award winning children's author Aaron Shepard will help you edit, publish, and market those stories with his now updated The Business of Writing for Children. Shepard dispels myths of children's writing and takes you through some of the basics of crafting a story, formatting, submitting, querying, publishing, and marketing while also giving specific tips and examples along the way. The Business of Writing for Children is a great resource for any writer hoping to break into the children's book market. *A copy of this book was provided free of charge for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mary Taitt

    The Business of Writing for Children, by Aaron Shepherd. YAY! I finished another new book! As the year draws to a close, I am conscious of all the different books I am in the middle of readingall at once. This is a short book, 110 pages. But it is jam-packed full of helpful information for writers or would-be writers of childrens books. I am a writer, but not a published writer, of a number of childrens book who hopes to become published. I found the book interesting and useful with lots of good The Business of Writing for Children, by Aaron Shepherd. YAY! I finished another new book! As the year draws to a close, I am conscious of all the different books I am in the middle of reading—all at once. This is a short book, 110 pages. But it is jam-packed full of helpful information for writers or would-be writers of children’s books. I am a writer, but not a published writer, of a number of children’s book who hopes to become published. I found the book interesting and useful with lots of good examples of manuscripts, query letters, promotional materials and so, and good references. It’s a quick and easy read, but worth it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

    So much has changed in the last 16 years that this book needs to be updated. Publishers and agents don't accept hard copy unsolicited manuscripts any more, they request email versions. The number of independent bookstores has greatly declined and so would the tactics described in this book. The good stuff, though, involves thinking through the story preparation and especially writing the dramatic version of the story. If only the author would update the book, he'd have a sweet one on his hands, So much has changed in the last 16 years that this book needs to be updated. Publishers and agents don't accept hard copy unsolicited manuscripts any more, they request email versions. The number of independent bookstores has greatly declined and so would the tactics described in this book. The good stuff, though, involves thinking through the story preparation and especially writing the dramatic version of the story. If only the author would update the book, he'd have a sweet one on his hands, again.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Rather than make me feel defeated with all of the things I need to know, this made me feel inspired. Sooooo much to learn and practice but he makes it a positive experience for you instead of something unattainable. I'm so glad I found this book and shall keep it to reference time and time again throughout this process. Wish me luck!!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Brandi Brown

    Aaron Shephard offers information in bite-sized pieces that make it easy to digest. He also untangles many of the insider mysteries of publishing for children, school visits, etc. The only criticism I have is that the book was written in 2000 and has not been updated. He mentions websites that no longer exist, and much of this advice does not work as well for the 2013 audience.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Milka

    A nice little book on the business of writing and publishing children's books. The book being 14 years old, some of the content is quite outdated (e.g. on publishers accepting unsolicited manuscripts, to the future of ebooks), but most of it is still relevant and timeless. A good read if you're looking into entering this business and need a little guidance.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Carsten Hansen

    Lots of practical advice For those with dreams of becoming a children's book author, this book is a very good ressource. It provides a lot of practical advice, however, I wish that the advice would have be covered in more detail. Sometimes things that seem important are quickly done away with and we are rushed on to the next topic.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carole P. Roman

    This should be in every writers library. Plain spoken, without ego, it was one of the more helpful books to guide newbies into the writing and publishing world. If you are a writer, read it and then put in on an easy to reach shelf.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mollie

    This book is helpful for persons starting to write children's picture books...in regard to the writing process itself. However, it was published back in the day when queries were mailed rather than sent electronically so some of the information is no longer current.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    A good intro/quick overview of the children's literature sector for someone just getting started in the field. *the version I read was updated in 2015 so I wasn't worried about it being outdated, as some of the reviews mentioned.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Angela Eschler

    it's a bit older, so I'm sure it could use some updating, but there's great basic info for getting started.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christie Wright

    Awesome! Practical simple advice that is useful today and will continue to be useful as I get published in the future. Inspiring.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diane Ramirez

    This little books is an easy read packed with practical and useful information. I refer to it often. and he has a web page for more resources.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jill Reeder

    I enjoyed reading this and found it particularly helpful in creating a manuscript as well as many other great tips.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jandi

    I am enjoying this book just fine. The quotes from the people who read it before me have said it is a promising read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Great book - slim volume that told me just what I needed to know without padding it out with a bunch of fluff.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Cortney Davis

    This was one of the most helpful books regarding publishing I've read in a long time. This will be a book I will buy!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Supertramp

    #117 Just an introduction to the art of writing for children. Nothing special. It's mostly about what are the rules and regulations and also how the publications work especially in US. Just OK.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Title is self-explanatory. Author shared great information, but straddled the fence more often than not.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stefan Nardi

    This book is more geared towards traditional publishing than self-publishing. It doesn't really offer much information that most writers wouldn't already know.

  30. 5 out of 5

    R.J. Rodda

    This is worth reading for the section on 'Rhythm and Readaloud' which made me consider aspects of children's writing of which I was completely unaware.

Add a review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Loading...
We use cookies to give you the best online experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies in accordance with our cookie policy.