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How to Write and Sell Children's Picture Books Hardcover – Feb 1995


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  • Hardcover: 183 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books (Feb. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898796431
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898796438
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,350,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Toy Tester on 25 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is brilliant. I was expecting a slow plod, but the author writes so succintly that it's like having a conversation. Loads of really useful information for the budding author, and some great advice from someone who's already been there, done that and got the book deal.
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118 of 134 people found the following review helpful
The book was inspiring and informative 3 Dec. 1998
By Jeffrey Montanye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a must have book for beginner writers who are serious about getting their work published. It has all the basic information you will need and will give you a great boost over others who do not do their homework before writing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An "oldie" but "goodie" 18 April 2014
By Hope Irvin Marston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Unpublished writers who don’t feel they can spend the money for helpful new books like Harold Underdown’s COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO PUBLISHING CHILDREN'S BOOKS (now in its third printing) should haunt used books stores and yard sales in search of how-to-write-it books. My current writing project is another picture book. To refresh my mind on what makes a saleable manuscript, I am re-reading books from my own library that have helped me find success in that genre. This one by the late Jean E. Karl, an American book editor who specialized in children's and science fiction titles, has practical information presented in depth.

The scope of the book is broad and the information dense. I don’t recommend it as your first book to study. But do include it if you can find a copy after you have read several easier ones. A careful reading of its pages will give you a firm background on picture books with plenty of tried-and-true information, including ten steps to guide you from idea to finished story picture book manuscript. You’ll find advice on plotting, characterization and the importance of thinking through your story before writing the first draft.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Basic Information 12 Sept. 2011
By Ohioan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book contains many basic do's and don'ts on how to write children's picture books. It gives good advice on staying within a child's reference point, for example, and on how and when to write poetry instead of prose in a picture book. For more detailed information on how to write picture books, see books such as "Crafting Stories," "Picture Writing," or "An Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books."
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It is a place to start 30 Sept. 2010
By Rodger Dodger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I had already written my book so I was more interested in the Sell part of this book. I found it a great place to start. It gave me information that I didn't previously have or had even thought about.
Superb 3 July 2013
By I. Reade - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I found this to be an extremely helpful how-to for beginners written by a talented editor giant in the world of children's book publishing
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