The Parent-Teacher-Child Connection: Take a Crash Course in the Business of Children's Publishing

Monday, August 15, 2011

Take a Crash Course in the Business of Children's Publishing

Many people talk about writing and publishing. Some actually sit down to write. Few take the steps needed to understand how the publishing industry works as I did in 2000. Those few save themselves years of trial and error. Instead of looking at a list of job titles and names in a writer's guide, they learn who actually does what at a publishing company. They get the inside scoop on which kind of editor will most likely read their manuscripts. They look for ways to advance their own careers. And they make connections in the publishing field, getting to know people who actually work in the industry. They believe in their work enough to invest in the success they envision.

If you're determined to write for children—whether you're just beginning to think about submitting your work or have been submitting hit-or-miss for years—A Crash Course in the Business of Children's Publishing will tell you what you need to know to make informed decisions about how to advance your career.

Join seasoned children's book pro Clay Winters for a weekend that could save you years of struggling to figure out how the industry works. Clay has served in almost every job imaginable connected with trade publishing. He has sold and marketed books as a retailer, wholesaler, and representative of trade publishing houses both giant and modest. He cofounded Boyds Mills Press with Kent Brown and Larry Rosler. Clay has developed many talented publishing people—including legendary Philomel editor Patricia Lee Gauch—and his upbeat personality makes him a favorite of writers. Now Clay is looking forward to mentoring you!

On September 30-October 2, 2011, Clay will be joined by National Geographic Kids executive editor, Rachel Buchholz; author and former vice-president and editor of Philomel Books Patricia Lee Gauch, author-illustrator Lindsay Barrett George; children's book consultant Bobbie Combs; independent editor and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Children's Book Publishing, Harold Underdown; and Boyds Mills Press art director Tim Gillner and editorial director, Larry Rosler.

These publishing pros won't stand behind a podium tossing out a few tidbits. They'll sit down with you in an intimate setting to discuss their jobs and your writing goals. You'll share gourmet meals, get to know one another, and have time to ask all those questions about children's book and magazine publishing that are bubbling in your mind.

To secure your spot, or for more information, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192, e-mail jo.lloyd@highlightsfoundation.org, or request an application online.

Highlights Foundation Founders Workshops take place near Honesdale, Pennsylvania. You'll stay in a cozy cabin, surrounded by 1,300 wooded acres and hiking trails. Workshop fee includes lodging; all meals (provided by a top-notch chef); airport pickup service, if needed; and an intimate teaching setting at the homeplace of the Founders of Highlights for Children.

And in case you're wondering, I don't stand to gain anything at all from this little advertisement.  I just know that what they teach in these workshops really do give you a jumpstart into the industry.


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