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#1 Cat Woods

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Posted 09 September 2010 - 01:26 PM

This is the place to post all reference material for our craft. Please post helpful resources on all topics that pertain to juvenile lit.

Include things like: agent info, societies and associations, great blogs and helpful books.

Please do not comment regarding a post. If the topic and link are worth commenting on (ie can incite a great conversation and some learning) then begin a new topic that links back to the original reference in this topic. Conversation can ensue freely from there.

The reason for this is to keep our resources easy to find without having to fish through a bunch of comments like "Thanks for the great link, Dudette!"

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Appreciate your cooperation!

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#2 Charlie Eve

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Posted 10 September 2010 - 11:37 PM

Here is a great link http://www.renlearn.com/ to help figure out the reading level of your favorite children's book and its word count, so you can get a better feel of where your work might fit in.

Example: If have a WIP that you think is similar in style and age group or reading level as say the MAGIC TREE HOUSE series you can...

Go to this site
click on the STORE tab
next click on the QUIZ STORE tab
then type in either the book title or author name in the search box

it will list the book if it is in their database, click on it
and it will give you the reading level information and word count.

Pretty nifty! Hope this helps!

http://www.renlearn.com/

#3 Cat Woods

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:16 AM

The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

This great organization comes with a small membership fee. The SCBWI is made up of amazing authors--yes, you will recognize some BIG names--who generously provide their time and experience to help other writers in the field.

Check it out here to learn more.

Benefits include industry info, a printed reference guide to juvenile lit publishers, conferences, mentorships and more.

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#4 Cat Woods

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:22 AM

The Institute of Children's Literature is another wonderful resource for writers in our field.

While the Institute is a correspondence course for writers, non-members can browse the website, subscribe to the monthly newsletter and participate in their contests. The newsletter gives insider tips into the biz (which publishers are open to subs, house and submission changes) and provides great articles on the craft.

If you're interested in learning more, check out there website here.

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#5 Cat Woods

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Posted 11 September 2010 - 09:31 AM

The Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market is a bible for beginning writers. It has industry tips, how to's on almost all aspects of submitting, contest info, organizations and articles by authors, agents and editors.

This hefty book comes with a price tag(upper $20's-lower $30's) and is updated annually.

However, don't let the bill deter you from purchasing at least one. The information is priceless--especially the reference section which includes agent and editor info. Each blurb tells where to find the company, address, websites, wants, contact info and tips. I have one for every year I've dreamed of writing for kids.

Check it out here or at your public libarary before deciding to buy.

P.S. The info is not a substitute for further research regarding specific places to submit. Rather, it is a great starting point.

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#6 Cat Woods

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Posted 17 September 2010 - 10:05 PM

A few definitions of who we write for and how to determine where our stories fit in.

A blog on Middle Grade versus Young Adult.

An AQ Library article regarding board books through YA and everything in between: What in the Word is Children's Lit?

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#7 Cat Woods

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 02:10 PM

Find comps (comparables) of our stories for agents and publishers is a step we must not ignore. For those writing in the sci-fi, fantasyish genre, I've discovered a great blog by a librarian who reviews kids books.

http://charlotteslib...-hourglass.html

Hope this will give you a jump start in finding books similar to yours.

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#8 Cat Woods

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Posted 16 October 2010 - 02:16 PM

If you haven't heard of her yet, Cynthia Leitich Smith at Cynsations, is a leading blogger on all things kid lit. She posts interviews of authors, agents and publishers on her blog.

Great info.

http://cynthialeitic...h.blogspot.com/

Oh, yeah. She writes too.

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Posted 07 November 2010 - 08:04 PM

Here's a blog post on character motivation (and plot, when it comes down to it): The Two Sides to Motivation

While an important aspect of developing any story, I think it's especially applicable to juvenile lit. It's far too tempting to let our young characters do random things just because they're kids.
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#10 Cat Woods

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 04:53 PM

Juvenile lit lengths. Darcy Pattison breaks it down for us.

http://www.darcypatt...-thisy-mistake/

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#11 Derrick

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 11:18 AM

I didn't see this posted here yet. This was posted in Agent Updates Forum.

This is really helpful, and I selfishly want it pinned somewhere so I can find it again.

http://caseylmccormick.blogspot.com/

#12 Jean Oram

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Posted 27 January 2011 - 12:45 PM

Writer's and Illustrator's Guide to Children's Book Publishers and Agents by Ellen R. Shapiro

While mine is out of date in terms of publisher and agent info (what isn't for that kind of thing by the time they get it into print?), there are some great articles, checklists, etc, in here. For example, the differences between the different kinds of children's writing, the common features, the common errors, etc. There are even revision tips. Advice from agents, lists of publishers, agents, and more. Handy, dandy!

Bummer. I just looked it up on Amazon and it looks like they haven't revised it since 2003. However, if you can pick it up from the library (or it's $19.95 $13.97 on Amazon), the articles are still great. However, it might be just as good as the book (The Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market) Cat mentioned that is updated yearly. So... <shrugs>

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 07:20 PM

WIP Grant-Deadline March 15th!

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#14 Cat Woods

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Posted 09 May 2013 - 10:54 AM

Found a great marketing website for writers. Much of the info is free, some can be purchased and there's a blog as well. The kidlit stuff is pretty epic--such as getting your books placed in libraries, etc...

 

The Savvy Book Markerter: http://bookmarketingmaven.typepad.com/


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