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Read this interview with author and editor Emma Walton Hamilton to find out how it's done. About 14 years ago, her publisher asked if she would be interested in writing a book for very young children.
My son, Sam, was a year old at the time, and Mom asked me what he loved to read about. That inspired us to write the Dumpy the Dump Truck series together, and once I got started I was hooked. Mom and I have written over 20 books together now — and eventually formed our own publishing program, The Julie Andrews Collection, for which I serve as the Editorial Director.
How does children's book publishing differ from book publishing in general? Are they marketed differently?
There are many similarities and some key differences. Most of the differences can be found in picture books and chapter books as opposed to Young Adult novels, which these days are very similar to adult books. Picture books are dictated by the necessary economy of text.
You have 32 pages and less than words with which to tell a complete story with engaging characters, a compelling plot and a theme that is emotionally resonant for young readers.
Then of course you have to factor in illustrations, which impact the process in a number of ways. This also adds a considerable amount of time to the process, since an illustrator usually needs at least six months to work on the images for the book, and then there are color proofs to be run, etc.
How and where do you sell books in today's market? Ebooks are another market, but print has always been more popular than ebooks for the children's market. Unless he or she is self-publishing, authors are generally not very involved in the sales process.
What is the difference between a publisher and a distributor? A distributor disseminates books into the marketplace. There are basically three ways books are distributed - through wholesalers, through book distributors or through fulfillment houses. Bookstores, libraries and other retailers seldom buy books directly from publishers - they buy them from wholesalers.
Most publishers lack the storage space to house massive quantities of books and prefer to focus their energies on the acquisition and publishing of manuscripts rather than their dissemination into the marketplace.
The wholesaler buys books from publishers at a high discount and sells the books to their customers the retailers for a slightly lower discount. But wholesalers seldom work with small publishers, since there are so many of them, so small publishers generally use a distributor.How to Write & Publish a #1 Best-Selling Children’s Book to Amazon (in 7 Days or Less) Presented by: you’re going to learn how to write and publish a best-selling children’s book to write, and publish a bestselling children’s book within 48 hours from right now.
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About 14 years ago, her publisher asked if she would be interested in writing a book for very young children. My son, Sam, was a year old at the time, and Mom asked me what he loved to read about.
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Your book could either turn you into a celebrity and/or millionaire or 90%(). Some sixty of Nigel Gray's more than seventy published books have been for children. His work has been published in twenty-six countries and twenty-four languages.
Nigel shares key insights and tips to help you create your next children's picture book - Ed. Writing Childrens Books by Nigel Gray. A picture book has 32 pages.