The ABCs of Writing for the Children’s Market— Preparing to Publish

with Brooke Bessesen
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Workshop Type: 2015, 4-Week, All Levels, Children's Literature, In-Person, Spring, Unlisted
Length: 4-Week
Genre: Children's Literature
Type: In-Person
Skill Level: This workshop is suitable for writers of all skill levels.
Location: Piper Writers House, ASU Tempe Campus» View Map
From: Wednesday, 09 April 2014
To: Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Hoping to be a published children’s writer? Want to know how the industry works? This workshop shares an insider’s look at the ever-changing publishing world, with tips for success and advice from top editors and agents. Find the best editor for your writing style. Learn how to format your manuscript, write a compelling query letter and properly submit your work. Consider new publishing alternatives. You don’t have to have a finished manuscript to benefit from this session—come gather the most up-to-date tools, resources and information to reach your publishing goal.


Week One: Tips for Success: Quit Spinning Your Wheels

Writers should believe that publishing IS possible! This workshop begins with a broad introduction to the children’s literary market, helpful suggestions and extensive resources for making the “write connections” (associations, critique groups, writing publications, conferences, etc.) After Q&A, students share their writing and publishing goals.

Week Two: Magazines and Websites: Get Something Published

Many authors get their start writing stories, poems or articles for print and online magazines, so the goal is to provide an overview of the children’s magazine market, with helpful writing tips and a list of periodicals that accept submissions from new writers. Next, we cover the artistic and logistical merits of a winning query letter, followed by a group discussion on overcoming challenges.

Week Three: E-publishing and Self-Publishing: It’s a Whole New Landscape

New avenues of publishing are rapidly emerging, including digital platforms for e-readers (Kindle, Nook, etc.), as well as print-on-demand. We cover the basics of self-publishing in these formats and ways to ensure the final book meets industry standards. We also discuss branding, promotion and social media. After, students may share a query letter or piece of writing and request group feedback.

Week Four: Traditional Publishing: The Holy Grail

This last week will cover the business of traditional publishing: money (advances, royalties, flat fees and commissions), publishing jargon and the best resources for finding an agent and/or a publishing house. I will explain the submission—and rejection—process and describe how a book finally comes to print. Our session will conclude with student readings and optional critiques, followed by Q&A.

Pre-Workshop Requirements:

This is part 2 of a 2-part course, but all registrants are welcome, regardless of whether they participated in part 1.

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Brooke Bessesen photoAbout Brooke Bessesen

Brooke Bessesen is the recipient of the Judy Goddard Children’s Author/Illustrator Award. In addition to writing nonfiction leveled readers, she has several popular picture books that combine humor and fact. Zachary Z. Packrat Backpacks the Grand Canyon was released in 2014 to follow Zachary Z. Packrat and His Amazing Collections, a Phoenix Public Library Project GOAL book and a Grand Canyon Reader Award nominee. Both were illustrated by Jenny Campbell. Two other titles were illustrated by Brooke herself: Look Who Lives in the Ocean!, a colorful introduction to marine life, and Look Who Lives in the Desert!, which received the Glyph Award for Best Children’s Nonfiction and Southwest Books of the Year Top Pick for Kids. Bessesen has also created nearly 100 pages of standards-based curriculum for grades K-8. She has given writing workshops and presentations to a range of book-loving audiences, including International Reading Association, Tucson Festival of Books, Society of Southwestern Authors, Phoenix Writers Club, National League of Pen Women, Women’s Expo, and Piper Writer’s Studio, always seeking to inspire.

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