- I am reading The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Books by author Harold D. Underdown. Now, I don't want you to think I am an idiot, but I do need things plain and simple because of the time I have. This book is a valuable resource.
Harold Underdown is experienced, is honest, clear, and to the point, and offers simple ideas to making your manuscript ready for publication.
But he offers more than writing advice. He offers the reader an inside look into the publishing world. Any writer who wants to publish, must understand the business side of publishing and this book is an easy to understand text that will get you familiar with this process.
One piece of advice he offers in this book is to READ what children read. How can we know what kids like if we don't read what they are currently reading? Good point, so check out http://www.reading.org/ for the annual " Children's Choices". This will give you an idea about the topics, what has been covered well, and what it is that is popular today for kids.
Also, check out Harold Underdown's website at http://www.underdown.org/ for more writing and publishing resources. The Purple Crayon as his website is titled, will get you on your way to finding information to improve both your writing and your chances of publishing what you write. Let me know what you find and how it has helped you with your writing career.