What are the (publishing) Odds? Children’s Authors Take Note

When you finish reading this, you’ll see why it pays to subscribe to E-newsletters! Be selective, and you’ll always find something of interest. I regularly receive Sharing with Writers by Carolyn Howard-Johnson (The Frugal Book Promoter: How to Do What Your Publisher won’t). Today’s edition arrived with this blurb:Only One in 4,000 Children’s Picture Book Manuscripts Ever Get PublishedOne in 4,000! Those are the odds that a children’s book manuscript will ever get into book form. The ABC’s Children’s Picture Book Competition, now in its third year, cuts those odds drastically. Rita Mills, one of the sponsors says, “Any of the ten finalists will be a worthy publishing project, but …the winner to be selected by the parents and children … Read more

The Bookbag, Books for Ages 4 to 8, September/October 2006

Happy Autumn. This edition of the Bookbag has some fun stories for any time of the year … even the seemingly Halloween titles. As always, the books are listed in alphabetical order. Christmas at the Candle Factory by Barbara L. Johns. Midnight, the cat, has always loved Christmas. She is Grady’s right-hand-paw when it comes time to creating special treasures for the holiday. But Elvis, the new cat, was ruining everything: candles, the fun of the holiday, and now, even her mood. Would Christmas ever be the same again? This is a seasonal picture book that doesn’t involve a big man in a red suit, but offers a wonderful story all the same. (Steeple Ridge Publications, 2006)Dirk Bones and the … Read more

The Bookbag, Books for Ages 8 to 12, September/October 2006

First a quiz: Do you know what November 15 is? It’s been proclaimed as I Love to Write Day in at least eight states. Last year, more than 20,000 schools across the United States held special writing activities and events. Participation is FREE. I Love to Write Day is a day when people of all ages are encouraged to write something: a poem, a short story, an essay, a letter to the editor, start a novel, finish a novel…the possibilities are endless. For additional information about I Love To Write Day, please contact John Riddle at ilovetowriteday@ilovetowriteday.org Now on to our regularly scheduled program … Crime Scene Science: Detective Notebook by Andrea Campbell. This “pocket encyclopaedia” of crime scene science … Read more