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Ginkasa
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Hello, I'm new and I'm feeling a little guilty...

I'm really only joining to find out how someone would go about getting a book punlished; specifically a children's book. I searched, but I couldn't find anything that really outlined it. At the moment, I have absolutely no clue how to start the process and would appreciate finding out.


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mikemunsil
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Welcome, anyway! After all, what are you going to do after getting it published? Sit on your... laurels? Go to "Markets for our Writing" and see if there is a useful thread, and go to "Open Discussions About Writing" and ask the question there. Good luck! I don't know the answer myself or I'd be more helpful.

On the other hand... isn't there a publication called Writer's Markets, or something like that? You also want to start crafting query letters. I believe there is a thread here somewhere on that also.

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Ginkasa
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Well, its not actually for me. Someone I know has written a few children's books, but doesn't have a clue how to publish it, and neither did I. I did, however, know of this forum so she asked if I'd search and ask around for how the publishing thing works.
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mikemunsil
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If you don't find what you need here you might also go over to Notebored and ask there. I believe they're more experienced in that area.

http://rittinger.admiralxp.com/index.php


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First of all, as with the publishing market for adult fiction, you're more likely to get a foot in the door if you have a good resume to impress the publisher with. That is ESPECIALLY true, I would think, of the HIGHLY COMPETETIVE picture book market. You build that resume by getting stories published in magazines.

There are quite a few out there--literary magazines for children. Check out cricket.com. Cricket publishes a whole range of literary magazines for children of different ages. Also, Highlights and others. Do a bit of searching around on the net.

Tell your friend to start selling some of those stories in a format like Cricket before even trying to sell to a book market. Make sure that whatever market he sells to he sells to one that wants first publishing rights and no more than a one year no-print window--meaning that you can't print your story anywhere else for a year. Most places want six months to a year. All other rights must stay with the author. Especially with stories like you describe he'll want to leave the door wide open for later development into a picture book.


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I'm not sure where you are located, but here is a link to a Canadian children's book publisher:

http://www.orcabook.com/AuthorsGuideFrame.htm

This might give your friend something to look at in terms of submission guidelines.

I second Mike's suggestion and highly recommend looking at the query letter thread in the Writing Class section of Hatrack.


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And let's not forget the obvious book: Writer's Market 2005.
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