||It’s harder to break into children’s book publishing than to sell a romance or mystery novel for adults.
||What kids like and what you think kids like may be completely different.
||Conflict gives a story meaning. Build your story around clear conflict that your character must overcome.
||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.
||A well-written query letter can get you noticed by an important editor, whether you have an agent or not.
||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.
||Careful revision separates the published from the unpublished. You must pay attention to story and sentence structure, as well as grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
||Correct manuscript format is crucial. It tells the editor that you are a pro who knows the book business.
||Market analysis is frequently the key to getting a manuscript accepted.
||You’re never going to find the time to write a book. You must make the time.