The Giblin Guide

It received a full page book review in the September/October SCBWI newsletter.

It was a door prize at the SCBWI Southern Breeze WIK Conference earlier this month.

It now sits at the tippy top of my book wish list.

“The Giblin Guide to Writing Children’s Books” by James Cross Giblin is a mouthful.  It’s also a valuable resource tool for all writers, but especially those who are hoping to break into publishing through nonfiction books.  I was surprised to learn that about 75% of what libraries and bookstores carry is nonfiction.  In addition, editors, agents, and authors alike confirmed this at WIK, by encouraging those of us who are unpublished to look into the world of nonfiction first.

Given my love of history, this is an option I’m excited to explore in the coming year.  If you’ve read this book or published any nonfiction, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  But hey, even if you haven’t read it or been published, I’d still love to hear your thoughts!

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3 thoughts on “The Giblin Guide

  1. Hey, Deb – I read the same thing about nonfiction being a good place to start. It surprised me, actually, that nonfiction is more accessible than fiction; how many kids do you see sitting around reading nonfiction? Still, a well-written nonfiction book can be fun reading, too. Something to think about.

  2. Hey Deb,

    Most of my clips in children’s markets are non-fiction. In fact, the first was an interview I did with a teen at the Decatur Book Festival. It ended up in a Christian magazine. Interviews are a great place to start and children’s markets need LOTS more non-fic than fiction. So I say go for it! And if you get that book, can I borrow it? 🙂

  3. I’d love to buy my wonderful critique partners a copy for Christmas, but…well, I’m broke. : ) So yes, Cathy, you can borrow it!

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