For any aspiring, struggling, or experienced author out there, here are a few excellent websites, filled with publisher lists, submission guidelines information and various writing and publishing resources. I’ve used each of the sites listed below frequently over the years and have found the information very helpful to me. It is especially useful for those of us authors treading the shark infested waters of children’s publishing without an agent or representative.
I know everyone loves top ten lists, but this is not one of them. These are in no particular order.
• Publishing Central Directory – This directory is a veritable treasure trove of information and resources related to the publishing industry. This includes children’s publishers and even audio book publishing.
• UnderDown – An excellent site for writers, especially those who write for children. Contains articles and other material on children’s publishing, writing, illustrating, marketing, and editing.
• Book Market – Here’s a site that claims to provide book marketing resources and book promotion tips, but I’ve found that they provide much more than that. I especially found this section, listing publishers/editors who have taken on first time authors, to be very useful.
• SCBWI – Anyone who writes for children SHOULD already know what this group is, and you really should be a member, as well. For those who do not know, SCBWI stands for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. From their website:
The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over.
• Advanced Fiction Writing – A website from the innovator of the “Snowflake Method” of writing a fiction novel. There are some seemingly useful products for sale here and there, but they’re not relentlessly pushed, and there is a good amount of free information and articles. This includes some brilliant insight and strategies related to fiction writing.
• Preditors and Editors – A fairly well recognized website with a large amount of resources available for writers. This includes sample synopses, submission advice, and an unbiased directory of agents and publishers.
• Freelanced.com – Are you wanting to self-publish a children’s book, but need to hire an illustrator? This website has tons of amazingly talented artists and illustrators who are friendly, helpful and most are willing to negotiate their fees. I’ve hired through this site before, which is FREE, and recommend it highly.
• Colossal Directory of Children’s Publishers This is another directory listing of children’s publishers. It’s a good idea to diversify your list, much like stock portfolios, because you’ll quickly find each list has several different publishers. This particular website also contains helpful advice and tips on writing for children and getting published.
And last, but certainly not least….
• Children’s Book Insider – A newsletter for children’s writers. But membership to the site and CBI Clubhouse offers so much more, like the CBI 1-2-3 system, several writing, publishing and marketing modules and more. An excellent investment, for sure.
*No, I am not an affiliate in any way, nor do I profit from promoting any of the sites on this list.*