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Announcing a New Marketing Award for Underrepresented Creators of Children's Literature
#StopAntisemitism | A Statement from SCBWI
Remembering Richard "Dick" Robinson
The Chairman, President, and CEO of Scholastic passed away at age 84.
Happy Book Birthday, June 2021 New Releases!
Remembering Eric Carle (June 25, 1929 – May 23, 2021)
Registration Opens for The Big Five-Oh
Remembering Arnold Adoff 1935-2021
The SCBWI is saddened to report the passing, on May 7th, of the author, anthologist, and poet.
SCBWI Announces Emerging Voices Winners
Congratulations to our winners, Lily Quan and Ines Bellina!
Happy Book Birthday, May 2021 New Releases!
SCBWI Welcomes Translators!
It is not necessary to copyright your work if you are planning on submitting it to a traditional publishing house. The publishing house will file copyright for you if your work is accepted. However, if you are self-publishing a book, you can do it yourself at www.copyright.gov.
If you plan to traditionally publish a book, you shouldn’t look for an illustrator on your own. In the event that a publishing house acquires your book, the publishers will match your text with an illustrator of their choice. Focus on sending agents and editors an excellent manuscript. If you are preparing to self-publish a picture book then you probably will need to find an illustrator, and you can find tips in “Hiring an Illustrator for Your Self-Published Picture Book” (The Book, pg. 51). Browse the SCBWI Illustrator Gallery to find artists who may work with you.
When preparing to self-publish, you should be prepared to cover all of the editing, illustrating, design, production, storage, and marketing of the book yourself, or hire individuals to do these things for you. “Self-Publishing: Best Practices” (The Book, pg. 45) covers many of the ins and outs of self-publishing, and can help you determine if it's the right course for you.
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