Publishing Children's Books - Complete Idiot's Guide by Harold D. Underdown (2008, Paperback)

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Overview “Honest and precise… everything about writing for children there is to know.” —Jane Yolen, author Here is the comprehensive guide to writing, publishing, and selling for the ever-expanding and always exciting children's market—now in a new and updated third edition. • Includes new chapters on self-publishing and on "how to choose a how-to", plus revision and updates throughout • Offers practical advice on getting started—and on dealing with out-of-print books • Covers picture books, chapter books, nonfiction, middle-grade and young novels, and common formats and genres • Reveals what happens inside a children's publishing company, and provides guidance in working with an editor • Sample cover and query letters, manuscript format, glossary, and recommended resources in an extensive appendix • Plus information on agents, contracts, copyright, marketing, and more


  • ISBN-13: 9781592577507
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 5/6/2008
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 400,332
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Reviews (1)

  • EGHunter01
    5 years, 4 months ago at Barnes & Noble

    4.0 / 5.0

    Harold D. Underdown did a good job of explaining the world of book publishing. The sections under "vocabulary list" were very helpful and informative; sometimes the explanations were a little confusing, but if you keep reading clarity will come. If you are interested in getting into the publishing business this book, I believe, will be worth reading. Appendix C with samples of query letters and cover letters is valuable for beginners. Also the book, I think, will offer a realistic view of getting started in publishing children's books plus it informs you of the types of manuscripts the major publishing houses would be interested in receiving. An explanation of the various types of children's books is provided