I Wrote a Book, but...
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I Wrote a Book, but...
I don't know how to see if it can be published or not. It is a book for kids. Does anyone know how I would go about doing this? I am scared because I don't want ti to fall in the wrong hands and someone taking the money from it.
Oh I am anxious to see the responses on this too! I too have written one- I teach preschool and everytime I get a book- I think I could have written one better than that.
No advice from me- just wasting space- but I hope you get some.
Have you looked at the book Writer's Guide? It's published yearly and it's supposed to have all the publishers in it and what genre they publish and if they accept unsolicited manuscripts and, if so, how to submit it.
first get a copy write on it, not sure how to do it, but I know it's not hard, once you have it copy written you can go about getting it published.
Sorry, the correct name of the book is not Writer's Guide, but Writer's Market!
Mommmie is correct and I believe there is a Writer's Market book specifically for children's book publishing. I used to freelance write for magazines and used Writer's Market a lot. It has great tips and up-to-date contacts and will tell you exactly what you need to do. For starters, go to the library and find books with a similar theme and write down the publishing company of those. That is a great way to start. You will then have to send a query, probably with your manuscript. The book will tell you how to contact various publishers and then you send off for each publishing house's guidelines. They all have different ways of accepting submissions. Beware: I do know that most publishing companies (in the children's genre) do not like books about animals with human characteristics, just FYI in case that is how your book is. I've read that publishers find that people really have a hard time of making animals "real."
Good luck and remember persistence pays off. You'll likely have to wade thru a lot of rejections before getting accepted. That's just part of playing the game. Dr. Seuss was rejected hundreds of times initially! Keep us posted.
Thank you very much. I think that I will look at some of Rylee's books and see the publishers there, and also get the writer's market. I love you all, you always have the answers!!!!
I wrote a book once....long time ago...sent letters to publishers. If I remember correctly I got several replies telling me I needed to find a literary agent. I don't know if this still applies since it was over 10 years ago and I never followed through.
Before you do anything, get a copyright on your writing.. Don't send it anywhere or share it on-line without this protection. Go to COPYRIGHTS
Bea, thank you for the copyright website. I am going to send it out probably next week for that to be done. You probably just saved my butt.