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  • how to interpret kludgy submission guidelines

    May 25, 2006

    Cynthea

    Submission guidelines can be found in many places… CWIM – updated yearly Children’s Book Council (CBC) – updated bi-weekly SCBWI publications – updated yearly Jeff Herman Guide – updated yearly AgentQuery Agent or publisher’s website – as often as it should be (in theory) Sometimes guidelines in ...

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  • May Manuscript Madness: FREE-TIQUE ROUND

    May 24, 2006

    Cynthea

    IN OTHER NEWS: DOORS ARE CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s time for freetiques. THREE SLOTS. ONE ONE slot for a retiquee and TWO for new tiquees. First pages don’t count. So if you’ve only had a traffic cop tique, you may participate in ...

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  • what’s here

    May 24, 2006

    Cynthea

    Under Agents, you'll find articles on beginning your agent search, how to communicate with agents, and submisson protocol. Have a suggestion for an article? Can't find your answer here? Leave a comment.

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  • exclusive submission or simultaneous submission?

    May 23, 2006

    Cynthea

    Whether your submitting to agents or editors, you’ll need to understand what the difference is between exclusive and simultaneous submissions. exclusive – once you send your work to the agent or editor, you do not send it to anyone else. You ...

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  • how to submit your work to children’s book literary agents

    May 23, 2006

    Cynthea

    Whether you’re submitting your children’s book to agents or editors, you’ll need to understand the difference between exclusive and simultaneous submissions. A wrong move here and you could torture yourself needlessly. Read post, exclusive submission or simultaneous submission? Now that you ...

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  • should I find a literary agent now?

    May 23, 2006

    Cynthea

    Assuming you’ve followed steps one through four (be sure you’ve read post, get a second opinion), you might wonder if you should be looking for an agent now. That depends. What do you have to sell? If you only have one ...

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  • how to format your manuscript

    May 23, 2006

    Cynthea

    THIS ARTICLE APPLIES TO ALL CHILDREN’S BOOK MANUSCRIPTS – INCLUDING PICTURE BOOKS. Here’s what I do in Microsoft Word. (If you need a visual, an example is included in the book version of my Crash Course.) Font and Paragraphing Twelve point font. ...

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  • how to find a great children’s book agent

    May 22, 2006

    Cynthea

    Agent listings Finding the right agent all begins with research. Your first step is to consult the following: CWIM – Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (the Bible of children’s literary agents listings) AgentQuery website (online tool that is very easy to search) SCBWI publications ...

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  • should I self-publish my children’s book?

    May 22, 2006

    Cynthea

    Let me give you the C Liu take on self-publishing. Self-publishing carries a certain stigma in the children’s writing world. However, that is not to say it’s not the right way to get your book published. It depends. The general ...

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  • how I found my critique partners

    May 22, 2006

    Cynthea

    Fate was on my side the day I attended my first SCBWI conference. I decided I’d go to an open critique session and bear my writing soul to complete strangers. My only hope was not to make a fool of ...

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