Resources for (Aspiring) Children’s Book Authors

I often get emails from aspiring children’s book authors who want to know where to begin their writing journeys. I respond by giving them links to all the online places where I (and author friends) got started. (Please note: The children’s section of my local library was and continues to be my most prized writing resource!). Here is a list of places I highly suggest you go to if you want to write for children (or if you are already established but could use some resources):

First…Not sure if you want to publish traditionally or independently? Not sure what either category means?

  • Start here with Jane Friedman’s Guide to Key Publishing Paths. She includes a handy dandy chart as well as some detailed, but easy-to-understand explanations of the different ways to publish a book.

The resources that follow have a traditional publishing focus: