Thursday, May 2, 2013

Childrens' Book Publishing

Aspiring writers, 
I see you! 
I can see you there!
I know you're there, aspiring writers like myself! 

I know at least six people, in between age nine and seventeen, look at this blog and are writing stories, like me. I decided to do a post from my experience, about what publishing actually is. Pretty much ever since I started my first long story, Greenwoods School, I have been looking up publishers. Here are a few things I found out:

  • Optimism is useful, but nevertheless don't get your hopes high.
  • It is definitely not impossible for children to get their work published.
  • Despite my last sentence, it is very difficult for even an adult to get their work published. 
  • Look at the beginning of books with a similar subject to your own. Who published them? It should say. Look those publishers up. 
  • Self-publishing is an option, although it costs.
Now, I'll explain further. Most publishers do not take "unsolicited" manuscripts. Thus, if you want to get your book published by a big publisher like Puffin or HarperCollins, you'll have to find an agent who will recommend you to them. You can start off by self-publishing, which basically means being your own publisher. The pluses of self-publishing are:

  • You can decide how everything looks yourself. 
  • You don't have to deal with a fussy publisher.
  • You can do it whenever you like. You don't have to wait ages for a publisher. 
The minuses of self-publishing are:

  • You don't have the help of a publisher to market it or make it known.
  • You have to pay for all the printing and everything yourself, which can cost a lot of money.
  • You have to know how to do it all. You don't have a publisher to help you. 
I hope this made sense. And remember:



  1. The Twilight Series was rejected 14 different times and Harry Potter was rejected 10 different times ;3

    1. Really? O.O
      I'm surprised Twilight got published at all; I think it's awful.
      But it's amazing such famous books were rejected so many times. ^.^

    2. Woahhh :O I didn't know that! And NOW look at them! e.o

  2. I'm hoping to get my (soon-to-be) book published, and that definitely helped!

  3. Replies
    1. @Amelia 1 - Yeah.... O.O
      @Amelia 2 - Thank you! ^.^
      @VMS915 - Great! :D

  4. Phew this sounds complicated and quite stressful...but I'm up for it! Its my dream to get a book published and I am determined to live up to that. :)

    1. It is rather ^.^
      But good! :D And me too!


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