Basic Toolkit for Children’s and Young Adult Writers


Best organization to join for information on craft, marketing, and publishers in the field is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators,

Your national membership enables you to connect with other writers and/or illustrators via online chats, through-the-mail critique partnerships, and regional conferences.

There are hundreds of websites devoted to or including information about writing and marketing stories for young readers. Here are a few internet addresses to start your discovery process.

Margot Finke:

The Purple Crayon:

Verla Kay:

Cynthia Leitich Smith:

Write 4 Kids:

Marisa Montes’ picture book tips:

Uma Krishnaswami Workshops:

Institute of Children’s Literature:

How to find a literary agent is an often-asked question. You can find basic information at these two websites: Association of Author Representatives,

Agent Query,

Finding a publisher is a major concern once the first manuscript is polished.

Two guidebooks are key to your search, The Literary Marketplace (found in the reference section of most public libraries) and Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market (updated yearly), edited by Alice Pope. A useful website is the Colossal Directory of Publishers,

Last but not least…Books about Writing Books:

Picture Writing, by Anastasia Suen

The Writer’s Journey, by Christopher Vogler

Story, by Robert McKee

The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author’s Tips on Writing Children’s Books and Publishing Them, or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids by Aaron Shepard

The Children’s Writer’s Word Book, by Alijandra Mogilner

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books, by Uri Shulevitz

 The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, by Harold Underdown

 Writing Children’s Books for Dummies, by Lisa R.Buccieri and Peter Economy

 How to Write a Children’s Book and Get It Published, by Barbara Seuling

Creating Characters Kids Will Love, by Elaine Marie Alpin

 Wild Ink: How to Write Fiction for Young Adults, by Victoria Hanley

 Writing Fiction for Children: Stories Only You Can Tell, by Judy K. Morris

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