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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you write kids or crossover fiction you need this book
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...
Published on 6 Oct. 2007 by Twiss

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful info, but not useful contacts
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...
Published on 25 Aug. 2007 by Fiona Millar


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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you write kids or crossover fiction you need this book, 6 Oct. 2007
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This review is from: Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2008 (Writers' and Artists') (Writers' and Artists') (Paperback)
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. Just because of this books existance I have broadened my horizons, done more research in my market and how to make my books more appealing, different, better.

Anyway, there's a lot of help in this book in varying form, but remember: You also need to do alot of the work yourself. If it was as easy as "buy the book and become a world famous author" then everybody would be doing it, then there would be no challenge. And if there's no challenge, then there's no originality. That makes for boring stories.

Regarding the submission details: If you are going to submit, I believe you should be checking the websites anyhow, so if their details do change you will know. Even if you do send an unsolicited manuscript off to a publisher I'm pretty sure they will still scan over the first page at least. They will always have a slush pile.

As well as the CW&AYB, I also recomend Stephen King's "On Writing" and "How to get your book published". Buy this book. Buy it every year. Keep reading. Keep writing. Oh . . . and never give up.

Good Luck.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book, 28 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2008 (Writers' and Artists') (Writers' and Artists') (Paperback)
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful info, but not useful contacts, 25 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook 2008 (Writers' and Artists') (Writers' and Artists') (Paperback)
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential reading for children's writers, 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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