HOW TO WRITE A CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK and get it published Andrea Shavick PRICE EXTENT BINDING FORMAT ISBN PUB DATE
£9.99 224 pages Paperback 234 x 153 mm 978-1-84528-462-6 29th July 2011
KEY POINTS • Writing for children is a growing market and a thriving area of publishing • The Harry Potter phenomenon has inspired more children’s writers and readers • Written by a published author who has been there seen it and done it • Covers virtually everything you need to know about the international picture book market and selling your work to agents and publishers Additional features included: • Original picture book text – format your own manuscripts professionally • An easy-to-use picture book layout plan • Title sheets and covering letters to use when submitting manuscripts ANDREA SHAVICK is an established children’s author, published by some of the biggest publishing houses worldwide, including Pan-Macmillan, Hodder, Orchard, Oxford University Press, Ginn, Random House, Scholastic, Pinwheel, Heinemann, and Walker Books. Author of over 25 books including four international bestselling picture books Andrea shares her inside knowledge to help you realise the dream of seeing your own book accepted for publication. CONTENTS 1. Picture book basics and layout 2. What to write about (and what subjects to avoid) 3. How to write for the international market 4. Creating fantastic characters 5. Word count and Andrea’s unique Plot Planner 6. Language structure, tone and voice 7. Textural devices and page turners 8. How to edit your work 9. Choosing a unique, compelling title 10. Identifying suitable publishers
11. Professional manuscript preparation and covering letter templates 12. Submitting your work 13. Protecting your copyright 14. Your text is accepted – now what? 15. Turning rejections to your advantage 16. Other routes to publication Appendices Recommended books, websites & writing organisations
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Covers virtually everything you need to know about the international picture book market and selling your work to agents and publishers, wri...