The 2016 Edition of Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market
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I have reviewed Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, also known as "CWIM," every year for more than 10 years. It's a very useful book. So I was happy to work on last year's (2015's) edition as a contributing editor. When I did, among other things I suggested more content for illustrators. They added some last year and even more this year, as I'll detail below. Since I'm no longer working for CWIM, I'll return to expressing my opinions on this page; last year I I stuck to providing information. As usual, this latest edition of CWIM includes detailed and updated listings of children's book publishers, children's magazines, and children's literary agents; information about conferences; listings of contests and awards; basic how-to information; and interesting feature articles. Read on for more details and what's new.
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Contents of Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market: The Markets section is similar in length to last year and includes these sections: Book Publishers, Canadian and International Book Publishers, Magazines, and Agents and Art Reps. There are over 500 market listings in all. The publisher listings include addresses and other basics; they may also include names and titles of editors and art directors, a brief description of a publisher's program, sample titles, award-winning books, and other information. The Agents section includes similar information and also has "New Agent Spotlights" scattered through it. The listings section goes on to cover Organizations, Conferences and Workshops, and Contests, Awards, and Grants. Indexes help you find publishers by subject or age level, and a "Names Index" lists editors and literary agents and artist's representatives by name. There is also a glossary of industry terms, which is useful but could be more comprehensive, as it lacks terms such as "ARC." Purchase of the book grants you access to all of the book's listings in an online database: there is a code in the front of the book that gets you into the children's section of the writersmarket.com web site, and to updates of publisher listings across all markets.
The front of the book includes a number of articles, some of which provide the same basic information each year (one of these, on business basics, has been dropped this year), with others new each year. New this year is "Writer for Hire" by Jenna Glatzer, on writing for the educational market (e.g., nonfiction series); "Making Young Readers Laugh," by Kerrie Flanagan, on humor; and "How to Sell Your Picture Book," by Lara Perkins.
A noticeable change this year is that there are more interviews and fewer articles, including more interviews with illustrators. "Make a Living as a Writer" interviews 4 published authors who supplement their income with a variety of freelance writing. Another group interview, "Debut Dos and Don'ts," asks 4 other established professionals, this time including illustrators, to look back at their debuts. As in past years, there are short interviews with people whose first books came out in the previous year, including 14 writers and 6 illustrators. There's even a "tips and advice" piece for illustrators built up from interviews. The long, single-person interviews include illustrators such as Dan Santat and Will Hillenbrand. In addition to these interviews, illustrators will find useful information in the publisher and artist rep. listings, of course.
As a bonus this year, the CWIM folk recorded a webinar on "Succeeding in Children's Publishing" with agent Danielle Smith. Access to the video is free with purchase of CWIM.
For brief comments on previous editions, from 2004 to 2015, see this list of past CWIMs.
CWIM continues to be a solid resource. Much of what appears in the market listings can be found elsewhere, of course, but here it is collected and organized in one place. This year the return to providing content for illustrators, which began in 2015, has continued, as I noted above. There continues to be plenty of information for writers, of course. Overall it's more than worth having on your shelf, particularly if you didn't buy it last year.
As usual, keep in mind that the research for this edition was completed by the late spring of 2015, and so is already in need of updates -- use resources such as the online CWIM database, or my Who's Moving Where page (and others noted on that page) to stay current: I suggest noting such information in the pages of CWIM itself, to keep it all in one place.
Where and How to Purchase the 2016 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market:
- Buy Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market at Amazon, a major online retailer, which usually sells the book at a sizable discount. There is a Kindle edition available too, at a lower price.
- Buy Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market through IndieBound, a program of America's independent bookstores. You can have it delivered or pick it up at your local independent bookstore.
- Buy Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market at Amazon Canada, if you live in Canada.
- Buy Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market at Amazon UK, if you live in Europe and want a guide to the American market.
You can, of course, also purchase CWIM at any bookstore. If they don't have it, they can order it for you.
Disclosure: I received a review copy free of charge. I also earn commissions on purchases of books via links on this site, as explained on my policy page.
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