10 Things To Know

1. It’s harder to break into children’s book publishing than to sell a romance or mystery novel for adults.
2. What kids like and what you think kids like may be completely different.
3. Conflict gives a story meaning. Build your story around clear conflict that your character must overcome.
4. Children’s book editors get thousands of submissions each month. Many only read the opening paragraph or first 60 words before they reject the manuscript or decide to keep reading.
5. A well-written query letter can get you noticed by an important editor, whether you have an agent or not.
6. Many children’s book editors buy more nonfiction than fiction. Lively book manuscripts that support the school curriculum are often easier to sell, and they stay in print longer.
7. Careful revision separates the published from the unpublished. You must pay attention to story and sentence structure, as well as grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
8. Correct manuscript format is crucial. It tells the editor that you are a pro who knows the book business.
9. Market analysis is frequently the key to getting a manuscript accepted.
10. You’re never going to find the time to write a book. You must make the time.

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