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Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2008 (Writers' and Artists') (Writers' and Artists') Paperback – 1 Aug 2007


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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd; 4th 2008 edition (1 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0713683708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713683707
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 940,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'If you think you have the talent to be a children's writer, this book is the comprehensive guide to the market.'
-- That's Life (September 2007)

About the Author

Foreword by Jacqueline Wilson

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Twiss on 6 Oct 2007
Let's get one thing straight: making it as an author is one of the toughest things you can ever try and do. Everybody seems to have this idea that its easy, any one can do it, theres a book in everyone. Let me tell you something - There's not! Writers, story-tellers, I should say are few and far between. It's a talent, not an accademic skill. If you have that talent (trust me you'll know if you have), and you are willing to pursue it until the day you die, then one day you will make it. If you are an average writer, but great story-teller you can learn (Buy How to make the words work or Creative Editing) but if its vice-versa you are in trouble. Nobody wants to read great prose with a terrible plot and boring, irritating, predictable characters. A whole series about a boring family in a boring kingdom, who are actually boring gods with a boring destiny. Whoopee! Great! Another rubbish book. You know where I'm going. . .

People need to understand that this book isnt there to turn you into J.K Rowling, Darren Shan, or Stephen King; it is there to help you, guide you, give you that tiny bit of confidence when yet another rejection wheels its way back to you just a week after you sent off your manuscript. By taking the advice in this book, scouring the agents and publishers listed , and just being determined enough to never give up, I am starting to get interest from certain agents now: some of them even enquire how my latest story is going and when it will be finished.

In short I dont see how this book can not be a five star rating. If I had never started buying this book five years ago, then I'd have pulled my hair out a long time ago. I'm sure of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Puneet Bhandal on 28 Oct 2008
Great idea to produce a children's version of the Yearbook. Is thorough and has everything you need to know if you wish to contact children's publishers and agents.

I think it would be useful to include a section in the next book on the growing number of literary consultancies out there. These companies can stop people from sending bad manuscripts to publishers (squish the slush pile!) as many people who think they have written a good book, rarely have first time around.

For a small fee, people can have their scripts analysed and then be in with a much better chance of being published...
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Fiona Millar VINE VOICE on 25 Aug 2007
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This book is full of great advice about getting published, but not so great on accurate submission details. Most of the publishers listed won't accept unsolicited mss, and of the ones which say they do accept them, I found on looking at the publisher's websites that most clearly state they don't accept unsolicited mss after all. Some say they used to but now don't, so even though it's the 2008 edition, it's not really that up to date!
It's quite disheartening how many publishers will only look at stuff from an agent and does make you wonder why you've spent all that money on the book just to discover that most of the publisher info is fairly worthless.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Vincent-Northam on 7 July 2008
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The Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2008 has plenty of sensible articles written by those 'in the know'. It's enough to bolster you along and keep you in the swing, though some of the submission details are no longer relevant as these things are apt to changes. On the whole, it's essential reading for anyone interested in writing for the children's market.
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