Here are some resources for writers of all ages who want to write for children and young adults.
*Resources marked with an asterisk are for all writers, not just those writing for children.
- Who’s Moving Where?
Great source for seeing which editors are moving to which houses
- Children’s Book Council (CBC)
Members are listed here with their manuscript acceptance policies.
- American Library Association (ALA)*Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books
Book review journal for school and public librarians working with children and young adults.
- New York Times Book Review*
Reviews of books, including children’s books.
- Writing World*
Resource for a variety of writing opportunities.
- Publishers’ Catalogues*
Search for publisher websites and view their current lists.
- Writers Market.com ($29.99/year)*
Online version of their book market guide, with searchable fields.
- Publishers Lunch*
Free e-mail service listing recent book deals, for both children’s and writers of books for adults.
- Publishers Marketplace ($15/mo)*
Similar to Lunch, above, except you get ALL book deals and access to a searchable database of all deals.
There are hundreds of resources for writers on the Internet–this is only a small sampling!
- Wild Ink: How to Write Fiction for Young Adults by Victoria Hanley, Cottonwood Press
- Writer’s Digest Books
Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market (current year)
- Institute for Children’s Literature
Book Markets for Children’s Writers (current year) and Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers (current year)
- Publisher’s Corner
- The SCBWI Annual Market Report (both are for members only)
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
Great for those fairly new to children’s publishing, with good articles and market listings.
- Children’s Writer
Another good resource, with in-depth articles, market news, and writing contests.
- Publishers Weekly*
About books for all ages, children and adults. Articles, book reviews.
- School Library Journal
Articles and book reviews targeting public and school librarians working with children and young adults.
- The Horn Book
Articles, essays, and extensive book reviews of books for children and young adults.
- Book List Online*
Publications of the American Library Association; book reviews for librarians working with children and young adults.
*info on writing for adults as well.
If you write novels, I highly recommend these resources!
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Wild Ink: Success Secrets to Writing and Publishing in the Young Adult Market by Victoria Hanley.