Writing and Selling Children's Books
Course Details

Designed to be shaped to your needs, your writing goals and your schedule, Writing and Selling Children’s Books, is an advanced course of personal instruction in writing for children ranging in age from “read-to-me” group through young adults.

IFW 13

Course Goals & Objectives

  • Plan, develop, and write a book for young (or young adult) readers that is targeted to the current children’s market.
  • Develop and hone techniques of good writing.
  • Develop professional skills to:

a.       Analyze the current children’s book publishing market
b.      Create a marketable book idea targeted to a specific age level and market category
c.       Write and revise the book in preparation for submission to a publisher
d.      Create a book submission package to a publisher

curriculum

Outline

Part 1 – the Planning Process – (Assignments 1-3)
You are introduced to standard book categories and readership age levels with an extensive bibliography, Writer’s Guide to Current Children’s Book Market serving as a guide to individual, market-oriented reading. Learn how to find and plan a viable book idea, how to give it three-part structure and how to organize it into chapters. A draft of the book’s first chapter concludes Part 1

Part 2 – Writing, Revising and Marketing Your Book Manuscript (Assignments 4-9)
Strategies for writing a book-length manuscript, first draft checklists and instruction on key writing techniques are provided. Revision strategies and guidelines for researching and targeting suitable publishers are included. Learn how to prepare a professional book submission package and examine the business aspects of establishing a freelance career.

Overview

1.  Autobiographical/goal letter to instructor and two – four preliminary book ideas
2.  Book proposal and market rationale

Fiction – Main character sketches
Nonfiction—Description of research plan

3.  Detailed chapter outline of first two chapter

Draft of first chapter
Rough outline of remaining chapters

4.  Draft of first third of book

Writing progress/update note to instructor

5.  Draft of second third of book
6.  Draft of final third of book
7.  Revision of first half of book

Writing progress/update note to instructor

8.  Revision of second half of book

Preferential list of three publishers with market rationale

9.  Final revisions of third manuscript

Submission materials

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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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Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

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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

With ICL, all course materials are included. Details below:
ICL Course Manual Institute for Writers

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

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.

The Giblin Guide to Childrens 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.

Book Markets for Children Writers IClIFL Institute for Writers

Book Markets for Children’s Writers, edited b Marni McNiff; IFW Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8.

A companion to Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, this comprehensive guide to book publishers whose lists include fiction and nonfiction for young readers, contains articles by specialists in the field, and detailed subject and category indexes.  

Best of the Childrens Market

Writers Guide to the Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2020, 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.

Black IFW Pen Blog

Supplementary Instructional Materials published by Writers Institute, Inc. 1995-2005.

Pointers from the Pros.