Writing and Selling Children’s Books
Course Overview

Writing and Selling Children’s Books is a carefully designed bridge that takes students from a basic course level towards independence as a freelance writer of children’s books who also knows how to sell a book manuscript to a publisher. Students play a stronger role in defining personal writing goals, idea development, planning, writing, and revising a fiction or non-fiction book targeted to a specific readership (children through young adult). Students research editorial needs of the children’s book market and submit submission materials and the book manuscript to a specific publisher.

Our courses are designed for you to set your own pace. The average student takes about 332 hours to complete all assignments. Although most students complete this course in 18 months, ICL allows up to 2 years to complete Writing and Selling Children’s Books.

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Material Included in your Writing & Selling
Children's Books

Writing and Selling Children’s Books Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Instruction Manual published exclusively for our students. It contains assignments, idea generators, planning guides, writing and revision techniques and guidelines for preparing a book submission package.

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Children's Books

The Giblin Guide to Children’s Books,IFW Publishing, by James Cross Giblin.

An overview of the field covering picture books to YA novels, including age groups, genres, fiction and nonfiction requirements and guidelines for working with editors, from submission to publication.

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Children's Books

Book Markets for Children’s Writers, IFW Publishing.

Updated and verified annually, gives detailed specifications of more than 600 verified publisher listings in dozens of categories, plus writing contests, festivals, and an overview of current market needs and extensive instructions for submitting book proposals and manuscripts.

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Children's Books

Writers Guide to the Best Children’s Books of the Year,IFW Publishing.

A compilation of more than 600 titles chosen by experts for their literary quality and excellence of presentation, that serve as models of every aspect of effective writing. Selections range in age group from under five to young adult, and include fiction and no-fiction.

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Children's Books

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
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Material Included in your Basics of Writing Stories & Articles for Publication

Writing and Selling Children’s Books Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Instruction Manual published exclusively for our students. It contains assignments, idea generators, planning guides, writing and revision techniques and guidelines for preparing a book submission package.

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Material Included in your Basics of Writing Stories & Articles for Publication

The Giblin Guide to Children’s Books edited by Robert Lee Brewer, Writers Digest Books, 6th edition, ISBN 978-1-44034-773-3.

An overview of the field covering picture books to YA novels, including age groups, genres, fiction and nonfiction requirements and guidelines for working with editors, from submission to publication.

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Material Included in your Basics of Writing Stories & Articles for Publication

Book Markets for Children’s Writers, IFW Publishing.

Updated and verified annually, gives detailed specifications of more than 600 verified publisher listings in dozens of categories, plus writing contests, festivals, and an overview of current market needs and extensive instructions for submitting book proposals and manuscripts.

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Material Included in your Basics of Writing Stories & Articles for Publication

Writers Guide to the Best Children’s Books of the Year, IFW Publishing.

A compilation of more than 600 titles chosen by experts for their literary quality and excellence of presentation, that serve as models of every aspect of effective writing. Selections range in age group from under five to young adult, and include fiction and no-fiction.

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Material Included in your Basics of Writing Stories & Articles for Publication

Supplementary Instructional Materials published by Writers Institute, Inc. 2001-2010

- Pointers from the Pros
- Grammar Tip sheets

Why Choose IFW

  • Customized – one-on-one Instructor
  • Reputable – time-tested, quality curriculum
  • Affordable – tuition payment plans available
  • Flexible – write anytime, anywhere, at your own pace
  • Approved – earn college credits
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College Credits

College Credits and Professional Development Hours: The Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards recommends that our graduates be awarded 6 college credits. No matter where you live, you can obtain these credits from Charter Oak State College—which functions under the credit-granting authority of the Connecticut Board—for a fee anytime within five years of your completion of the Institute’s course. You can have Charter Oak “transcript” these credits to any college, university, or school board. Teachers may be able to receive professional development hours. Check with your district or administrators.