The 2017 Edition of Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market
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The 2017 edition of Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, also known as "CWIM," has a strong focus. It features material that will help a writer interested in finding an agent. More on that below, but even if you're not seeking an agent, this is a very useful book. It 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.
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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 Markets 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: "Quick Tips for Writers and Illustrators" and "Before Your First Sale." There are also ten or a dozen articles new each year. This year, they include some with a writing focus, such as "10 Picture Book Pitfalls" and "Plot & Tension."
The bulk of the articles this year, and some of the other features in the book, provide help for writers seeking agents--and especially for MG and YA writers. This is a shift from last year, when they included several articles for illustrators. The agent-focused articles include a detailed one on query letters, with 4 samples, followed by "5 Reasons Queries Get Rejected." There's also a piece on how to pitch agents on Twitter (very on-trend!), a feature with agents responding to several sample first pages (mostly YA), a group interview in which 4 agents answer 4 questions about MG and YA submissions, and, in the Agents listings, 13 "New Agent Spotlights," from 1/2 to a 1 page each.
For those not seeking an agent, there is more, including an article on being your own agent, interviews with several well-published authors and one illustrator, a group "discussion" on diverse books, and 17 short interviews with debut authors.
For brief comments on previous editions, from 2004 to 2016, see my list of past CWIMs.
As it is every year, CWIM is a valuable 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, so it worth having just to cut down on the labor of seeking out information on the book or magazine publishers or agents you are researching. This year, material specifically for illustrators has been almost eliminated, and as noted earlier, in its place you'll find material of most value to writers of middle grade and young adult novels who are looking for an agent. You'll definitely want this edition if that is your situation, but there's also useful material (and the listings) for picture book writers, illustrators, and others. . .
As usual, keep in mind that the research for this edition was completed by the late spring of 2016, 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 2017 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market:
- 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, 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 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.
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