Saturday, August 1, 2015

Something for Everyone - 30 Days of WIK'15 - Harold Underdown

"Something for Everyone"
30 Days of WIK'15 - Harold Underdown

 Harold Underdown will host several workshops during WIK'15.
  • Getting It Out the Door: Are Your Synopsis and Cover or Query Letter Ready? (REPEATS)
    Your manuscript is done. Now you’ll need to write a dreaded “query letter” and, if it’s a novel, a synopsis. Later, if the manuscript is requested, you’ll need a cover letter to go with it. In this workshop, learn what to do and what not to do in a query letter, how to put together an effective synopsis, and the simple requirements of a cover letter. You’ll also learn what struggles with drafting a query letter may say about your manuscript. We will use student examples. if you would like your query letter or synopsis to be critiqued (anonymously) please submit it by September 15, 2015 (submission information supplied after registration). 
    AUDIENCE: Writers and illustrators, all levels. 
  • Choosing a Publishing Path: Self vs Traditional
    There are more publishing options available than ever before—but which one is right for you? Join two publishing veterans (editor and hybrid author) as they examine the advantages, disadvantages, and requirements of self- and traditional publishing to help you decide which is right for you or for your manuscript.
    AUDIENCE: Writers and illustrators, all levels.
  • How Do I Find a(n) Editor/Publisher/Agent?
    You’re ready to send your manuscript out, but where? I’ll guide you through online, print, and in-person resources, culminating in the arcane art of catalog analysis, to teach you what you need to know when researching submissions options. 
    AUDIENCE: Writers and illustrators, all levels.
Harold Underdown will also host an Intensive Illustrating workshop on Friday, October 16,2016
*Intensives are an additional fee. Please see Registration page for cost.

Harold Underdown is an independent editor and publishing consultant; he does critiques, helps to develop manuscripts, and provides other editorial and consulting services for individuals and publishers.
Harold enjoys teaching, and in that role wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Children's Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs "The Purple Crayon," a respected web site with information about the children's publishing world at He speaks and gives workshops through the Highlights Foundation, SCBWI's national and regional conferences, and Kid’s Book Revisions (offering online and on-site tutorials, webinars, and workshops in partnership with Eileen Robinson).
As an in-house editor, he worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing.

*Harold Underdown will also host a half-day writing intensive titled, "Editing Without an Editor"


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