How can you get your manuscript children's story published?
Getting published for children is the very same as getting published for adults, except harder. The Children's publishing market is highly competitive since the saturation of supernovae such as the Harry Potter books, so be prepared for quite a lot of rejection if you are a first time author. Remember, publishers have what is known as "Lists", which basically sets the agenda for the kind of books they plan to publish. If a publisher has filled his or her List for teenage time-travel romances, it is unlikely that your similar-themed novel will be accepted. So understand that rejection is not saying that your book is bad, unless it actually is! Anyway, there are a couple of steps to getting published. Each one has to be followed. 1. Firstly and most importantly, WRITE THE BOOK. Obvious, but you would be surprised how many nearly world-famous authors were defeated by this first hurdle. 2. Walk into a bookshop, and purchase a book called the Writers and Artists Yearbook. NEVER EVER be without it, it is base camp for authors, both published and unpublished. It is like a directory, with the contact details of literary agents, publishers and lots of helpful advice. Get it. 3. You need to get a Literary Agent. An Agent has contacts in the publishing industry, and will be able to get your manuscript in front of an editor. Agents will be listed in the Yearbook. This is the usual manner for approaching agents: -Write a cover letter, describing yourself, the title of your book. More details about the cover letter in the yearbook. -Enclose the first three chapters of your manuscript as well as a synopsis of the complete manuscript. Some agents like a short biography to be included also. Always include return postage, or else you won't get a reply. -If the agent likes it they will ask to see the full manuscript. If they still like it they will agree to represent you- congratulations! An agent usually takes 10-15% of author advances. Don't be put off by this; a good literary agent is worth every penny. The agent will then attempt to get your manuscript accepted by a publishing company. If it is accepted then you will meet the editor, and the real work will begin! 4. If alternatively you choose to go it alone, repeat the second point of 3 with the publisher. Publishers will also be listed in the Yearbook. Beware: most large publishers don't accept unsolicited manuscripts, i.e. manuscripts that haven't been given to them by an agent.