There is a Chinese proverb that states: "A book is like a garden carried in the pocket."
"Books let us into their souls and lay open to us the secrets of our own." ~William Hazlitt
"A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul." ~Franz Kafk
"Books are the bees which
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The form rejection letter is discouraging because if offers no suggestions for improvement. Of course, rejections only go to those who submit manuscripts, so you are further along than if you hadn't submitted at all. That probably doesn’t help, so try this one. Highly successful authors like J. K. Rowling, Dr. Seuss and Madeleine L"Engle got the same treatment. Madeleine L"Engle’s A WRINKLE IN TIME was turned down 29 times. Rowling first submitted
While we cherish such support, we need to remember that a mother's opinion is highly prejudiced. Remember the drawing you did at five? It probably ended up on the refrigerator door, not in a gallery. Likewise, just because Mom loves your kid's book doesn't mean an editor will. Editors know what kids like and what gives a book kid appeal.
In my workbook, Write a Marketable Children's Book, there is a section called "Discover the Magic of Kid Appeal." In it, I show how you can appeal to kids today.
You do so with a story that:
But Lewis Carroll took his time with the opening of ALICE IN WONDERLAND. "Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, "and what is the use of a book," thought Alice 'without pictures or conversation?'"
No matter the length of the opening, masterful authors
The editor responded, “I like the idea and think it would have a great seasonal hook.” Along with the editorial board, the editor is considering my idea, and I hope to get a go-ahead on the manuscript.
Teachers buy books that link to curriculum topics--like seasons and holidays. But aren’t there too many seasonal books for kids already? There seems to be an endless list of books about Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July, etc. Just a search of “Easter books for kids" brought 1,222 hits. So how do you make your idea or manuscript a cut above the others an editor receives?
Remember Pippi Longstocking in the The Adventures of Pippi Longstocking? (She's really Pippilotta Delicatessa Windowshade Mackrelmint Ephraim’s Daughter Longstocking.)
Pippi’s appeal is