• $899.00 – Program Price

Everything You Need To Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course 2018

With Harold Underdown, Leah Henderson, Bobbie Combs and David Richardson

March 22 - 25, 2018

Join us for a special weekend: start writing or revising your children’s book and learn all you need to know about the children’s book industry!

This intensive weekend is designed to give you a comprehensive look at how the children’s book publishing industry works. You will gain understanding of all processes associated with submitting, producing, and selling a trade book or magazine article. You will also learn from and make connections with children’s publishing insiders.

Topics include:

  • How to select a publisher
  • Trade book and magazine markets
  • The mechanics of submitting your work
  • The editorial process
  • The design process
  • Contracts
  • Selling systems and promotion
  • Opportunities in e-book and self-publishing

In addition, there will be time to meet with one-on-one with a mentor about your manuscript and ask any publishing questions you may have.

Preliminary schedule:
Optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press
Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner
Introductions and favorite book sharing

Morning session: Genres of books, types of publishers, types of markets, including magazines; fiction vs. nonfiction, flat fee vs. royalties, school & libraries.
Morning session: Getting help before you submit: books, conferences, critique groups, beta readers, children; mistakes to avoid.
Afternoon session: Mistakes to avoid; submissions rules and practices.
Afternoon session: Writing a query letter.
Afternoon session: Art Department: Layout, Design, and Illustration
Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner
Guest speaker after dinner

Morning session: The magazine market.
Morning session: Q&A about self publishing.
Morning session: Getting started as a professional.

Please note: we are still adding faculty to this workshop.

About the Leaders


Harold Underdown

Harold is an author and independent children’s book editor who works with authors and publishers. Harold enjoys teaching, and in that role wrote The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He is a contributing editor to Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market. He founded and runs The Purple Crayon, a respected Web site with […]

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Leah Henderson

LEAH HENDERSON Leah Henderson has always loved getting lost in stories. When she is not scribbling down her characters’ adventures, she is off on her own, exploring new spaces and places around the world. Her middle grade novel One Shadow on the Wall (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) was sparked by one of those trips. Leah received […]

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Bobbie Combs

Bobbie has spent over 30 years exploring every corner of the children’s book publishing industry. Her career has taken her from manager of a children’s independent bookstore to children’s buyer and children’s sales/marketing director of a book distributor to freelance children’s book reviewer to website designer to cofounder and publisher at Two Lives Publishing, and […]

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David Richardson

Besides working as a book buyer and accounts manager for The Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore, Dave Richardson is a former junior high language arts teacher, wrote a regular book review column for Reading Today (put out by the IRA) and teaches Children’s Literature at a local college in Cincinnati, OH. He does, when needed, lend […]

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