Northern Ohio Chapter members
by Sophie Cayless
Notes About Illustration
from Uri Shulevitz' Writing with Pictures--A Classic!
by Sophie Cayless
The Inside Scoop on First-Time
by Joan Marie Arbogast
Self-Promotion for Illustrators
by Sophie Cayless
Web is Here, and It’s Not Going Away...So you may as well take
advantage of it!
by Nicole Hanusek
Here in Ohio
by Kathiann M. Kowalski
The Craft of Scratchboard
by Sophie Cayless
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the craft of children’s writing/illustration and related to
children’s publishing. There is no remuneration for articles
posted on the NOSCBWI site and the authors of the articles are solely
and completely responsible for article content. Contact the
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resources are not
affiliated with the SCBWI. Inclusion here does not imply endorsement,
and all members are encouraged to seek the advise of legal counsel as
The children's book industry
is a large,
competitive business. Writers and illustrators are strongly advised to
educate themselves in how the industry operates. Although we are here
to help, before you ask questions of other members or committee
members, do some quick research to see if you can find the answer to
basic questions yourself. The following list of resources is a good
place to get started.
Idiot's Guide to Publishing
by Harold Underdown
ISBN # 978-1592577507
Alice Pope, Editor
Published yearly - It is recommended that your refer to the most recent
edition at all times.
Encyclopedia of Writing and
Illustrating Children's Books:
From creating characters to developing stories, a step-by-step guide to
making magical picture books
by Desdemona McCannon, Sue Thornton and Yadzia Williams
ISBN # 978-0762431489
with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books
by Uri Shulevitz
ISBN # 978-0823059355
Creating Pictures for Publication
by Martin Salisbury
ISBN # 978-0764127175
Picture Books: A
Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication
by Ann Whitford Paul
Information about Writing, Illustrating, and Publishing Children's
Books — www.underdown.org
Manuscript Format Basics: Tips
formatting your manuscript for submission is one of many good articles
on The Purple Crayon website, listed above. www.underdown.org/manuscript-format.htm
Pope's Blog — scbwi.blogspot.com
a blog of a children's book editor — editorialanonymous.blogspot.com
Horn Book Editor's Rants and Raves — readroger.hbook.com
a publishing industry watchdog group — accrispin.blogspot.com
A good place to check out a potential publisher or agent’s
reputation — pred-ed.com
Kay’s Message Board
for Children’s Writers & Illustrators:
discussion board is a wealth of information on writing and illustrating
for children — www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php
Classes & Workshops
The Mazza Museum:
from Picture Books
The world's largest museum devoted to literacy and the art of
children's picture books. Founded in 1982, the Mazza Museum now
contains nearly 5,000 original artworks. Located at The University of
Findlay, the museum foundation offers a week-long summer summer
conference, and a Weekend conference in November.
The University of Findlay is the
nation's only 4-year institution offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in Children's Book
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find an
the story I have written?
STOP! You should NOT have someone else
story! Unless you are both the author and the illustrator, publishers
prefer to select an appropriate illustrator to match the story. Sending
in an illustrated manuscript is grounds for almost immediate rejection
by many publishers. It can't be said often enough: Sending in a
manuscript with illustrations is ONLY acceptable if you are both the
artist and the writer, or in very rare cases of an established
partnership (ie. husband & wife team).
Should I get an
Agent or Artist's
Every writer and artist has to make this
based upon his or her professional goals and abilities. An Agent or
Artist Representatives’ job is to advise you about your
work’s potential, market’s the work, negotiate your
contracts, and protect your interests on many different
levels. Agents and reps work on a percentage based fee.
Some things to consider while
decision: How confident am I in submitting manuscripts or art samples,
negotiating contracts, marketing mysel?. Agents/Reps are not a
guarenteer of publication, and are for the writer or artist who has
spent a great deal of time honing their craft and is serious about
making this a lasting profession. When submitting to Agents or Art
Representatives, be sure to follow their submission guidelines.
The Association of Author’s
Representatives, Inc. (AAR) is a good resource for reputable
agents. The AAR is a not-for-profit organization that sets
professional standards and requires members to subscribe to its Canon
of Photographers and Artists Representatives (SPAR)
standards of conduct from professional representatives
across the country.
How do I send
out my manuscript? Is
there a certain format I should follow?
Every publisher has different criteria for submissions. Books like the Children's
Writer's & Illustrator's Market list
contact information and specifications for query letters, submissions
guidelines and manuscript formats.
copyright my work before
sending it out?
It is NOT necessary to file your work
copyright offices if you are sending it to a known, reputable
publisher. US law states that as soon as a work is put into tangible
form, it is copyrighted to the creator. The publisher will obtain the
copyright for your book should they choose to purchase it. If you are
self-publishing and printing a small quantity (under 500 books), you
may want to register with the US Copyright Office
and/or use the
copyright notation in the format shown here: ©2010.
Jane Doe. All rights reserved.
How long should
I wait to hear back
from an editor or art director?
Publishers receive literally hundreds of
submissions ever month, most of which end up in a "slush pile" until
they have time to be reviewed. Most editors attempt to respond in 3 to
6 months. If it has been longer than 6 months, you may send a letter to
the publisher withdrawing your submission, and send it on to others.
Many publishers no longer send rejection letters and will respond only
if the publisher is interested in acquiring the work.
- A good idea or
It depends upon your ultimate goal. If you have
personal story that you want published for your own family and friends,
but it is not important that you get wide distribution, then
self-publishing may be for you. However, self-publishing means the
author is responsible for all aspects of the book, from layout to
marketing - and with few exceptions not many people have the
specialized skills to accomplish all this. It can be costly and the
author may never recoup the expenses of self-publishing. Working with a
corporate publisher is the best route for those seeking national
exposure or income from their book.
Do I need a
Until you are published, most writers do not need a website. Once you
are published a website can be a useful tool to get speaking
engagements and interact with readers, librarians and teachers.
Illustrators will find a online presence a necessity. Art directors can
quickly visit your site to see additional samples of your artwork.
Are there scams
in Children's Book
publishing should I be aware of?
Unfortunately there are many literary scams.
publisher that wants you to sign over rights to your book. A reputable
publisher will never require payment from you to publish your book.
Visit the Writer Beware Blog:
a publishing industry watchdog
©2010. Northern Ohio Society of
Children's Book Writers & Illustrators.
All images are property of the original artist/creator and may not be
reproduced without written permission of the owner.