Everything You Need To Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2018

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Join us for a special weekend: start writing or revising your children’s book and learn all you need to know about the children’s book industry!

This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You will gain understanding of all processes associated with submitting, producing, and selling a trade book or magazine article. You will also learn from and make connections with children’s publishing insiders.

Topics include:

  • How to select a publisher
  • Trade book and magazine markets
  • The mechanics of submitting your work
  • The editorial process
  • The design process
  • Contracts
  • Selling systems and promotion
  • Opportunities in e-book and self-publishing

In addition, there will be time to meet with one-on-one with a mentor about your manuscript and ask any publishing questions you may have.

Preliminary schedule:


Optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press

Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner

Introductions and favorite book sharing


Morning session: Genres of books, types of publishers, types of markets, including magazines; fiction vs. nonfiction, flat fee vs. royalties, school & libraries.

Morning session: Getting help before you submit: books, conferences, critique groups, beta readers, children; mistakes to avoid.

Afternoon session: Mistakes to avoid; submissions rules and practices.

Afternoon session: Writing a query letter.

Afternoon session: Art Department: Layout, Design, and Illustration

Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner

Guest speaker after dinner


Morning session: The magazine market.

Morning session: Q&A about self publishing.

Morning session: Getting started as a professional.

Please note: we are still adding faculty to this workshop.

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Everything You Need To Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2018

at Highlights Foundation

  • Mar 22, 2018 - Mar 25, 2018 (4 days)


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