Writing and Publishing Books for Children in the 1990s: The Inside Story from the Editor's Desk

Olga Litowinsky, Author Walker & Company $14.95 (160p) ISBN 978-0-8027-7375-3
Litowinsky, executive editor at S & S Books for Young Readers and a children's book author ( The High Voyage ), writes from vast experience as she offers anecdotes and pointers in this guide for would-be children's authors. A wealth of information runs the gamut here from how to streamline prose and properly submit a manuscript (including a discussion of the pros and cons of multiple manuscript submission) to book promotion and censorship. The ``Secrets of the Slush Pile'' chapter highlights some of the more outrageous--and often hilarious--material sent to editors, and gently warns readers against such pitfalls. Solid advice on contract negotiations and finding an agent makes the legal and business aspects of the children's book world seem less daunting. Litowinsky's keen insights into the publishing industry, coupled with revelations of her own missteps along the path to a book deal, distinguish this as an approachable, inspirational choice for those hoping to embark on a writing career. A list of related organizations and suggested reading is included. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1992
Release date: 01/01/1992
Genre: Nonfiction
Hardcover - 145 pages - 978-0-8027-8130-7
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