Writing a Children’s Book
What kind of book would you like to write? A picture book? A chapter book? A novel? Would you like to write fiction or nonfiction? For preschoolers? For elementary school students? For teens?
For more about the various types of children’s books –and identifying where yours fits into the world of children’s literature–a good resource is From Cover to Cover by Kathleen T. Horning.
Other good resources:
The Western Pennsylvania Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustratorsis the local chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It sponsors an annual conference that can be a good place to meet editors and agents, to get your work critiqued, etc.
Finding a Publisher
Most publishers do not take unsolicited manuscripts (those submitted by the author w/out an agent,) but you can find publishers or editors who are accepting unsolicited manuscripts. A good resource is Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market, updated annually. Another good resource is the members list at The Children’s Book Council.
A good way to find the publishers that might be right for you is to read a lot of children’s books. Look at current books. Look at the books that are similar to yours in terms of tone, theme, subject or audience. See who publishes the books you really feel an affinity with. These publishers are the places to submit your work — as long as they are accepting unsolicited manuscripts.
Interested in finding an agent? Here is a good article about agents.