The 2014 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 about 10 years. It includes detailed and annually updated listings of children's book publishers, magazines, and agents; information about conferences; basic how-to information; and interesting feature articles. This year I am not reviewing it, as I am entering into a working relationship with them, but am providing information about the contents of the new edition. For my opinions regarding CWIM, please see the review of the 2013 edition.
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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 Book Publishers, Canadian and International Book Publishers, Magazines, and Agents and Art Reps. 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 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 agents by name. Purchase of the book also gets 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 are repeated every year in the "Getting Started" section. Others in the "Articles" section itself are mostly new. These include "Voice in Fiction" by Diana Lopez, "Picture Book Structure and Plot" by Anne Whitford Paul (the author of Writing Picture Books), "Social Media Roundup" by Kristen Grace, "Writing Convincing Characters in Young Adult," by K.L. Going, "Create Your Writer Platform" by Chuck Sambuchino, "Writing Nonfiction" by Audrey Vernick, and "Self-Publishing Basics" by Darcy Pattison. Two of the articles in this section, on query letters and conferences, are repeated from last year.
The book also includes standard features beyond the article, listings, and indices: A "First Books" feature; "New Agent Spotlights"; interviews with illustrators and authors such as R.L. Stine, Debbie Ridpath Ohi, and Elizabeth Wein; a glossary of industry terms, and a Writing Calendar.
For brief comments on editions before 2013, from 2004 to 2012, see this list of past CWIMs.
I continue to recommend CWIM as a highly useful resource: this is obviously not an unbiased opinion, as noted above, but I hope to contribute to making it an even more useful resource.
As usual, keep in mind that the research for this edition was completed by the late spring of 2013, 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 2014 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 30+% discount. There is a Kindle edition available too.
- 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 of this book free of charge from the publisher, as do most reviewers. I also earn commissions on purchases of books via links on this site, as explained on my policy page.
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