I get lots of questions from people who've written a picture book and aren't quite sure what to do with it next. Often, they think they need to find someone to illustrate it before they can submit it to a publisher. Well, they don't. But they do
need to do some homework. Luckily, there are many excellent sources of information online and in print for writers and illustrators who are just starting out. Here are a few good ones:
First stop: The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators
. If you're just dabbling at this stage, go to the Just Getting Started
page for info on all the basics. If you're more serious, become a member (well worth the price of admission) and get access to a variety of publications, including directories of publishers, agents, freelance editors, and more.
Second Stop: The Purple Crayon
, editor Harold Underdown's website for all things kid-lit related. If you're new to this, start with the Basic Information
, which has lots of helpful articles to get you on your way.
Next stop: your local library or bookstore. Here are several good books to check out:
The Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market
, an annual publication with comprehensive lists of publishers, plus lots of helpful articles and interviews.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Children's Books
by the aforementioned Harold Underdown. A good solid reference to writing a children's book (any genre) and getting it published.
Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication
by author and teacher Ann Whitford Paul. The title says it all.
That should be enough to get you started. Happy reading!