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I have a Children's Book project. It's for ages 3-6. A picture book titled Here is what I would do if no one were looking. It will have illustrations(Published would do as I am not an illustrator) I'm stalled, but recently had some comments by a person that dabbles in Children's Books & a Adult Author that has published 7 good selling books. I'm doing a revision & one area thay suggested is to get rid of the negativity in the book. For instance one page will read"I'd open the door & let all the pretty butteflies in". O.K, but I'd cut brothers hair and save dad money(No way they say ) Over all they have said the idea is great, my format excellent , layout very good. So do you have any suggestions as I make my revision on this stalled project before I do some more submissions. THANKS for your time.

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Dear Bill,
Thanks for your letter and for sharing your children's book with me. Yes, children's book publishers are conservative on what they publish. It's the same way in young adult novels. I wrote a ya novel about a young artist who moves into a cult compound for six weeks one summer and falls in love with one of the brainwashed converts. She never actually believes in the cult, but is only there to work as an artist to make decorations for some festivals the group has. She leaves the cult to start college and eventually gets the young man to leave too. However, joining a cult is a taboo subject and it was impossible to publish the novel.
With your book, I would agree that there are some things you wouldn't want to advise kids to do, like, "Here's a really fun game. Sneak into your parents' medicine cabinet and take some of the pretty colored capsuels . . . " He he! 8-)
However, don't tone the book down too much. There's also the risk of making it too bland. Selling a children's book is hard because there's already a lot of competition. So, in other words, keep trying to sell it, but don't dumb it down every time you get a rejection letter. Collect the rejection letters in a folder and praise yourself for how big your collection is growing.
There's a writers market specifically for children's book writers, so keep on trying until you've queried every publisher. At my site I have posted a link to the children's writer's market, as well as a short article on how to find a publisher.
http://steamboats.com/writing.html
Best to you!
Sincerely,
Nori

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Nori J. Muster

Expertise

Writing and publishing books, including e-books.

Experience

I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at Amazon.com.

Organizations
Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

Publications
Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories


Education/Credentials
UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
Interviews:
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme, Salon.com, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne), Rediff.com, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West, Rediff.com, Amazon.com.

Book Signings:
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.

Publishers:
ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle, steamboats.com, surrealist.org, Apple Books, and others.

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