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How to Write a Children's Picture Book: And get it published [Paperback]

Andrea Shavick
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Book Description

29 July 2011
What do picture book publishers really want? This entertaining and practical book has all the answers, including:

* What to write about - and how to write it

*How to present your work professionally

* How to persuade your chosen publisher to accept your book for publication.

It covers virtually everything you need to know about the international picture book market and selling your work to agents and publishers.

Andrea Shavick's book also answers the vexing questions of which publishers to approach, whether you need an agent, what to do about the illustrations, how to protect your copyright, and even how much money you can make.

It additionally features:

* Original picture book text - to help you format your own manuscripts professionally

* An easy-to-use picture book layout plan

* Title sheets and covering letters to use when submitting manuscripts which are of proven success

* Andrea's unique Plot Planner for designing, lengthening, shortening or just tweaking your stories.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (29 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845284623
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845284626
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,136 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wonderful! Full of knowledge, wisdom and first hand experience. --Reader review

A godsend and an eye-opener. --Reader review

You've encouraged me, saved me loads of time and made me laugh. --Reader review

A godsend and an eye-opener. --Reader review

You've encouraged me, saved me loads of time and made me laugh. --Reader review

About the Author

Andrea is an established children's author. She has managed to persuade some of the biggest publishing houses in the world to publish her children's writing - Pan-Macmillan, Hodder, Orchard, Oxford University Press, Ginn, Random House, Scholastic, Pinwheel, Heinemann, and Walker Books to name just some. Andrea is the author of over 25 books including four international best-selling picture books. With her inside knowledge of the picture book market she is perfectly placed to help you realise the dream of seeing your own book accepted for publication.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money 4 Aug 2011
I bought this book because I was intrigued by it and because I, like many people, have had a few ideas kicking around in my head for a children's book.

And I'm so glad I bought it because the best aspect, for me, was the focus on what NOT to do when writing a children's books: avoid the cliches, taboos and plain boring. The second thing that I loved about the book was the author's suggestions for coming up with ORIGINAL stories, characters and plots, as well as ways for -- crucially -- keeping it SIMPLE. In other words, avoid another trap: don't make it too complicated.

It also covers things like proposals, pitching etc, but the above were the key elements of her book that I think stood out.

While I have bought other 'how to get published' books (for non-children's market), this is the first I have bought for writing for kids. Last, buying this book has probably helped me save a load of wasted time. She gently sets you on the right path to children's writing with a gentle push of encouragement.

Well worth the money.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you only do one thing this writing year... 8 Jan 2012
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...buy this book.
It is brilliant.
Practical and encouraging advice from Andrea Shavick.
I hadn't realised why it is so important to appeal to the international market but I do now.
I like the way she also lists the things NOT to do which clearly saves a lot of time.
This book will appeal to any writer who is trying to break into the children's picture book market.
I now feel fully equipped to write a story and get it published.
Thanks, Andrea for sharing your expertise.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best How To Book 28 Jan 2012
I bought this book recently as I am very keen to write my own picture books. It was brilliant. So much useful advice. I have actually had the courage to send something to a publisher after taking Andrea's advice.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant! Andrea Shavick has opened a door into the world of book writing and publishing for children and inspired this novice to take the plunge with confidence. Thanks Andrea!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOOK NO FURTHER 2 Feb 2012
By tracy
If you want to write a picture book and get it published then this is the book for you. I found it clear, concise and above all encouraging. Thanks to the information in Andrea's book I have been able to polish my latest submisson and give it that all important professional touch.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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On the whole, I'd agree with everyone else's comments. This is an easy to read, informative book with loads of good ideas and helpful advice on how to write a good picture book. However, a few instances of mistakes overshadow the rest of the book (for me, at least). The most glaring mistake is actually a double whammy: Shavick says how it's good when titles and text are multilayered enough appeal to adults as well as children, as it's the grown ups who have to re-read it. All good advice; but it's her example where it falls flat. She mentions the book "Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?" by Louise Rennison, saying that a title that paraphrases the line spoken by Lady Macbeth "if I remember rightly" will make the grown-ups smile as they re-read it. However,
1. It's Macbeth who says that, not Lady Macbeth. A 10 second Google search could have corrected that error. But more heinously,
2. "Are these my Basoomas..." isn't even a picture book! It's a teenage book about a teenage girl, first seen in "Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging." I've always assumed that the basoomas in question are her newly-grown breasts. This is NOT going to be a book that a parent reads to their young child, let alone RE-read!

These aren't the only errors, there were three of four I noticed on a casual look through the book; I haven't even read the whole thing! Small mistakes, true, but there are sections in the book about research. Surely she should research properly too?
I'll repeat that most of Shavick's advice is sound, and the book on the whole is pretty good. But the sheer number of sloppy errors has spoiled her credibilty for me.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 14 Dec 2012
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I was expecting a lot more from this pamphlet-like publication. I did learn something from it, but overall I found the information superficial. You may find the information in the 'book' is freely available on the internet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand. 11 July 2014
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Helpful, informative and easy to read. Recommended if you have the inspiration to write for very young children.
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to Write a Children's Picture Book
Informative and written from personal experience. Found it interesting and a worthwhile buy.Contains some differing advice to Writers and Artists Yearbook. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cath Denison
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful
Resource. It came highly recommended from an instructor at the Irish Writer's Centre. It has clearly laid out topics and helpful hints and the information is easily accessible. Read more
Published 11 months ago by S. M. OLeary
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
loads of invaluable information. have already used the template letter so fingers crossed. a great book for going back to to find the relevant piece of information.
Published 11 months ago by aussie jo
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good guide book
A very useful book with practical information however be warned that picture/ activity books without a story are not covered.
Published 12 months ago by Paperdoller
4.0 out of 5 stars how to write
I have used it for reference but still have not written the book or of course got it published but it is very helpful reading
Published 12 months ago by Mrs. Fiorna M. A. Jessop
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for Kindle publishers.
If you are looking to follow the traditional publishing route of creating a manuscript and touting it around publishers in the hope of picking up a contract, then this book is... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
An absolute godsend for any aspiring picture book creator. Written with humour and a mountain of knowledge. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. P. R. Coothoopermal
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
Easy to read, concise, but detailed advice for would-be writers, with special sections on appealing to international markets, and how to present your manuscript, so that it doesn't... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. R. Wyn Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars A truly great resource.
I have been writing and drawing all my life, with my main focus being on a younger audience. Although I consider myself to be comfortably skilled in these fields, this book gave me... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lalouba
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Advice
Finally a book that doesn't just state the obvious (frankly most books are a waste of time), all of the author's suggestions are backed up with examples for improvements and really... Read more
Published 23 months ago by A1Cat
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