Review: Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2016

Children's Writers' & Artists' Yearbook 2016
Children’s Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2016 by Yearbooks

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The most useful in this book is the list of children’s literary agents. Which saves you a lot of time sorting through which agencies represents children’s books and which do not. Some of the content isn’t as up-to-date as online sources, so it’s worth cross-checking with individual agency websites to see if an agent is open to submissions. On several occasions, I found agent lists closed. I also found a couple of surname changes as agents got married. There were a few address discrepancies too. These are basic pitfalls the unwary newbie to the industry could fall into in their haste to reach out and impress.

The advice given by authors starts to look the same after you’ve read several experiences and attended literary agent events. It’s nice to see that all have gone through similar experiences of agent rejections and finally striking lucky. Those stories maybe clichés, but they are reassuring for authors who have yet to be published to read.

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