You’ve got an idea for a children’s book – great! But what’s the next step? Before you start putting pen to paper, you need to find out if there is a market for it - someone who might be interested in publishing it. After all, you don’t want to write a book and then find that no-one wants it. So, where do you start looking?
This is one of the best and quickest ways of finding children’s publishers. Just type ‘children’s publishers’ into any search engine and you’ll be presented with a list of publishers you can research further. In this list, you’ll almost certainly come across numerous websites that list UK publishers for you – use them and save yourself some research time. You can also look at booksellers’ websites, such as Amazon.com. Most have a specific section for children. In Amazon it’s simply called ‘Children’s Books’ and it even allows you to choose the age group of the books you want to search for, the bestsellers and new releases. This should provide you with plenty of publisher names to research further. And, let’s not forget, there are hundreds of websites specifically for children where you may be able to publish your work.
There are specific market research books for the children’s market. Some of the more well known ones are the Children’s Writer’s and Artists’ Yearbook and Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Market. These books offer a wealth of information on the publishers currently operating in the UK. They’ll give you all the contact details you’ll need, as well as submission guidelines. Well worth the small investment and, remember, you can claim it back as legitimate expenses for your writing career.
Get yourself a good notebook and a reliable pen, or whatever electronic device you use, and head off down to your local book shops. Most bookshops have their children’s section split into the various ages groups. Head to the age group you’d like to write for, sit yourself down and have a good read. Then, when you’ve found a couple of books you like, make a note of the style and content they prefer and take down the publishers contact details – these will be featured in the front of the book.
There are yet other places to look for children’s publishers. You should use the other resources available to you, such as:
Never underestimate the power of talking to people – you never know what you are going to find out or who you’ll meet! So, get yourself involved with as many other writers as you can. And they don’t necessarily have to write for children; they can, and should, be writers of all kinds. Just because they don’t write for children does not mean they don’t know someone who’ll be a really useful contact for you.
Once upon a time, self publishing was considered a no-no! However, times have changed, and now a book that has been self-published is as well respected and can be just as successful as one published through a traditional route. Self-publishing is no longer an option you should consider simply because you cannot find a traditional publisher. It may be that self-publishing is the perfect route for getting your work out to the masses. Some of the more well-known self-publishing providers are lulu, createspace and direct-POD.
E-books are also becoming more and more popular as e-readers become standard kit for children. So, it may be that you decide not to create physical books at all.
As you can see, there are a number of routes you can choose to get your children’s book published. All you have to do is decide what suits you best.
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