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PostPosted: Mon Sep 07, 2009 2:23 pm    Post subject: Getting childrens' books published Reply with quote

OK, a complete different question from me today. Smile

Probably like many parents, I have one or two ideas for children's story books, aimed at little ones. I'd be interested in putting some of the ideas into writing and am wondering if anyone here has any experience or ideas on how to approach publishers, what to expect... etc. etc.

I have so many questions. For starters::

1) who are the best people to approach and in what manner?

2) how do you protect your copyright if you send your work to a third party?

3) do you send your work complete with illustrations or do they come later?

4) is there any money in it? Very Happy

Whether you've experience or not, I'd be interested in everyone's thoughts.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1) Usually literally agents as they can deal with publishers although sometimes it'll work if sent direct to a publisher. Ideally an agent who doesn't charge much upfront as many apparently work on commission of sales (can't remember where I found this out).

Watch out for those charging huge amounts up front as they're usually the ones who will never get anything published. And try one who specialises in childrens books as they'll have the right contacts. Seen quite a few programs on people who've been conned out of 1000's by agents who never got them even a hint of a publisher.

2) Keep a printed copy of it and post it to yourself by registered post. Make sure it's sealed and can't be just re-sealed, eg: use an old fashioned wax seal or security envelope. When you get it back never open it unless you have to take someone to court then only let the court open it.

This proves that you had possesion of the said works at X date as shown by the recorded delivery. Just remember to send it Royal Mail and not courier as the RM being a crown owned organisation is regarded as a trustworthy source for the posting date. Maybe best to do this a few times and keep copies in a bank vault.

Used to know someone who wrote music and this is how he protected his works. As a sidenote, for anyone in the US this also works as the US Postal Service is a Federal Office and thus above suspicion.

3) Illustrations come much later as they're only interested in the actual menuscript. They'll probably have contacts who can sort things like that, covers etc. It's also not exactly cheap getting decent quality illustrations done.

4) JK Rowling, Roald Dahl, Arthur Ransom...

In more earthly terms - yes if it sells 100,000 and no if it sells 50. Considering the costs of proof-reading, illustrations, marketting, publishing etc. thats why not a lot will ever actually get out there. But the few that do can pottentially make a fortune.

Doesn't need to be complicated mind you - just look at Meg & Mogg which is still going today!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is lot of money in it for sure. People loves reading, even though every thing is E - Business today. Book reading is like a passion and you can en cash this passion for your work.

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