What are the steps to publish a children's book?
September 14, 2010 6:12 PM Subscribe
My (now deceased) grandmother wrote me a book, and I think it would appeal to parents and other children. What do I need to do to see if I can get it published?
posted by juniperesque to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When I was very little and my parents divorced, my mom and I moved in with my grandparents. My grandmother, who had an advanced degree in early childhood education, wrote me a book, on notebook paper, about it. She went over the standard things about parents divorcing, both loving me, and the extra stuff about moving in with grandparents. The language and the simplicity of the message has been with me my entire life.
Recently, we found the old book in storage. It's just handwritten, on notebook paper, with stick-figure pictures, in a binder. My first thought upon rereading it all these years later is that there is a kid out there who could benefit from the same story - with names changed, of course. It's about five notebook pages long, so definitely the right length for a bedtime story.
I could easily rewrite the story to anonymize it, or create a fictional little girl (or boy) to be the main character. How would I go about seeing who might want to publish the story? What are the steps involved? Do I need to find someone to illustrate it? For the record, I'd want to publish it under my grandmother's name, as she's the one who wrote it. I'd just be her agent-on-earth.