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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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  • get a second opinion – critique partners, book doctors, editors, and more

    May 22, 2006

    Cynthea

    Critique Partners The children’s writing community is extremely supportive. There are people out there who will read your work for absolutely nothing (see free-tiques–I am one such crazy person). And there are many more who’ll read your work if you read ...

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  • how long does a book have to be?

    May 21, 2006

    Cynthea

    Knowing the typical word counts of different types of children’s books will help you understand what goal you need to hit. These are only guidelines. If your word count comes in too high or low, you could raise eyebrows with ...

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  • to draw or not to draw?

    May 20, 2006

    Cynthea

    If you’re like many people you’ll wonder where you’re going to get that illustrator for your book. STOP RIGHT THERE. Unless you are a professional illustrator, do not try this at home, folks! This is the great thing about ...

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  • cynthea launches her website!

    May 19, 2006

    Cynthea

    I did it, folks. I spent approximately 37.6 hours completing the five-minute installation of WordPress. How does it look?

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