Children's Books and YA


Children's Books and YA

This group is for those writers, agents and editors interested in children's books and books for young adults. Please share your insights and experiences as well as your questions. This is a very unique genre that has its own set of protocols. 

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I have just completed a 5 week online course through the Children's Picture Book Academy.  I found it to be a very informative and productive class.  The course I just completed has a follow-up…Continue

Ebook Conversion for Picture Books

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Comment by Joan Diehl on August 17, 2014 at 8:31pm

"Little Hal," my first children's book, is now available from Sarah Book Publishing. Although targeted to ages 7-12, this story about a rare pygmy hippopotamus will appeal to anyone who is interested in the preservation of endangered species.

Comment by JEN Garrett on September 10, 2013 at 5:14pm

Thanks for the info. I think my word document has some hidden formatting errors. When I paste it in the email, some of the paragraphs indent wrong, there are different size fonts, and the alignment is all over the place. I was trying to see if I could paste in just the text and build the format within the email. From what you said, though, it looks like I can't.

Comment by Todd Edward Dillard on September 10, 2013 at 3:47pm

Yes, you should just make sure you have rich text formatting on. Then you can copy and paste it directly from Word.

Comment by JEN Garrett on September 10, 2013 at 3:12pm

Question on Formatting: Is it possible to double space the writing sample when you paste into the body of the email?

Comment by Todd Edward Dillard on August 28, 2013 at 11:41am

Hey folks! Finally got my first picture book in the createspace estore. It's much pricier than I want it to be, but it is full-color and the only way I can make a positive royalty on it. (28 cents, to be exact.) I'll be converting it into Kindle Direct Publishing's format in the coming weeks and selling it for ninety-nine cents as a kindle book, but if you're paper-inclined check it out! Here's the link:

Comment by JEN Garrett on August 26, 2013 at 11:39pm

Congrats on your non-fiction book! This may not work, but have you considered splitting the children's book into picture books? 850 words is a whole lot easier to sell than 1700.

Now is the time to sell a book like that though. With Common Core Standards being implemented, teachers are finding that they don't have near the non-fictionish books that they should.

Good luck on your work! :)

Comment by Joan Diehl on August 26, 2013 at 8:41pm

Thanks, Jen, for your comment. Although I'm nearing a publication date for a non-fiction book, I'm definitely an unpublished author of children's books. My story is currently about 1700 words, which is too long for a picture book and perhaps a little short for a chapter book. If the animals don't talk, my targeted age group might think it less enjoyable and more like a homework assignment. I showed an early draft of the story to several granddaughters. They had never heard of the animal but liked what they read. I really think this endangered species deserves more attention. I'm just not sure how to make the story acceptable to a publisher.

Comment by JEN Garrett on August 26, 2013 at 7:08pm

@Joan Diehl - Acquisition editors tend to shy away from talking animals, especially from unpublished authors. If it's a picture book, it could work. If it's a chapter book, it might not be a good idea.

Comment by Joan Diehl on August 26, 2013 at 5:48pm

I just joined this group and am looking forward to learning from you all. I'm working on my first children's book (ages 8-12.) It's about an animal that's classified as endangered. The story is fictional, but the information about this species is factual. I'm using talking animals to relate some of the facts. Is that a good idea? Or not?

Comment by Joe Frey on November 30, 2012 at 8:22pm

Hi everyone, I am thrilled to share this 4-Star review of my poetry series for children, Fruit of my Labor. Rhonda Fischer from this group wrote a wonderful review, I am so excited about it -


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