Interested in writing or illustrating children’s books..?

Over the years, people have asked me how to get a children’s book published, or  they have asked me to illustrate a story they’ve written. Because of the similarity of these inquires, below is a general response that offers practical advise on this topic.

For writers looking for illustrators, author should first submit their manuscript to a publisher. If a publisher chooses to publish the manuscript, it is the publishers task to acquire an illustrator for the project. However, an author might opt to find an illustrator if they are choosing to self-publishing. As a general rule, I don’t work with self-publishers, but I am happy to give you some advice and direction in your quest to get your manuscript published!

I suggest you begin by researching the how-to’s in going about sending your manuscript to various publishing companies. There are many, many websites devoted to novice authors wanting to break into the field as well as publishing companies posting their author guidelines on their web sites. Just a general research via the Internet will turn up slews of websites in regards to getting a children’s book published. Start researching and familiarize yourself on the subject.

Below are two specific ways to help you get started in gathering information on how to submit your manuscript to a publisher:

— Check out (and perhaps join) the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. You can join their bulletin board for free, a good source for checking out other people’s queries on the how-to of writing and publishing. You’ll gather excellent info there on the steps to getting a book published. Involve yourself in their local chapter as well, where you can get much more personal help and advice. If you’ve not had an editor or anyone other than friends, etc. look over your manuscript, I suggest joining a critique group (either in your area of via the internet—the SCBWI has a network for that) so you can get a more professional perspective on how your manuscript fares.

— Get a copy of the book, Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market either through the library, Amazon.com, a local bookstore, etc. This book is an excellent source for all your questions along with a listing of publishing companies to submit your manuscript to.

I hope the above information is helpful! Good luck in your pursuits!



Other links to information on children’s publishing and illustration:

The Purple Crayon

Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market