Tuesday Tips on Writing and Publishing a Book

ImageIt’s finally here: Children’s Book Week

I don’t have a horse in this race, as the expression goes, but I’m still excited to hear about the Children’s Choice Book Awards, 2013. Any minute today, they’ll post those titles, and I’ll take a few minutes to dream about my books and the what ifs that might follow…

Of course, first I have to deal with a little sticky wicket I call “publishing.” So, Tip One:

Book Publishers Accepting Submissions by Location

I can’t say for sure if a regional publisher is an easier sell. But I can say that this list of publishers are accepting submissions (unlike bigger publishers who only accept agented submissions). A local publisher may be a perfect fit for your proposal or manuscript, particularly if your book has a regional bent.

And Tip Two comes from one of my very favorite authors, Margaret Atwood. She shared her Ten Rules of Writing Fiction. Because before I can get my book published, I have to write the best book my brain can bust out. So I particularly liked Rule Ten:

10. Prayer might work. Or reading ­something else. Or a constant visual­isation of the holy grail that is the finished, published version of your resplendent book.

So, yeah. We’re back to publishing. And if I’m going to write and pray and visualize, I might as well dream big.

Like the Children’s Choice Book Awards. (You get a trophy, right?)




Finding Children’s Choice Book Winners

2009-CBW-Poster I know prestigious awards are, well, prestigious. And I’d certainly jump up and down if I won one. But I think I’d be jumping and hollering if I won a Children’s Choice Book Award.

I mean, kids vote for the winners. And if you write for kids, what better feeling is there than for a bunch of kids to think you’re swell?

Mo Willems won for The Pigeon Wants a Puppy (K-2) Oh, that pigeon is a hoot (no pun intended).

Dinah Williams won for Spooky Cemeteries (3-4th)…I’m adding that book to my library list.  I’ll also be adding Thirteen, the 5-6th winner, written by Lauren Myracle. You can read more about the Children’s Choice Book Awards if you visit the website. And you can even order this nifty poster by Ian Falconer. I’m completely in love with Olivia, and I think can spare sixty cents. But I can download the bookmark by Dan Yaccarino for free!

Children’s Book Week lasts all week, so check out the website to see if there’s an activity in your area. If my Junior Halls were still little, we’d be all over Children’s Book Week. Heck, who am I kidding? I don’t need kids to be jumping up and down about Children’s Book Week!