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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS. INTRODUCTION. PART ONE: A CLOSER LOOK AT CHILDREN'S BOOKS. ONE. You, the Children's Book Writer. . .Maybe - Defining Your Goals. TWO. What Is a Children's Book? - The Variety of Books for Children. THREE. How to Become An Expert - Getting to Know Children's Books FOUR. Lessons from the Past - A Short History of Children's Books PART TWO: DEVELOPING YOUR IDEAS . FIVE Where Did You Get That Idea? - How to Find Ideas and Work With Them. SIX. Sabotage Made Easy - Procrastination and What to Do About It. SEVEN. Learning Your Craft - How to Become a Better Writer. PART THREE: WRITING YOUR BOOK. EIGHT. Writing Picture Books - What You Need to Know and Do. NINE. Writing Easy-to-Read Books - What You Need to Know and Do. TEN. Writing Chapter Books - What You Need to Know and Do. ELEVEN. Writing Fiction - What You Need to Know and Do. TWELVE. Writing Nonfiction - What You Need to Know and Do. THIRTEEN. Writing in Verse - What You Need to Know and Do. FOURTEEN. Writing Plays - What You Need to Know and Do. PART FOUR: SELLING YOUR BOOK. FIFTEEN. Who Cares? - Queries and Proposals. SIXTEEN. Submitting Your Manuscript - Presenting Yourself to a Publisher. SEVENTEEN. For the Writer Who Is Also an Illustrator - What the Illustrator Needs to Know. EIGHTEEN. Changing Markets - Finding the Right Publisher for Your Work. PART FIVE: A PUBLISHER IN YOUR FUTURE. NINETEEN. Out of the Slush Pile and Into the Fire - What Publishers Do. TWENTY. Your Editor: Friend or Dragon? - Working With an Editor. TWENTY ONE. Joining the Writing Community - Taking An Active Role. APPENDIX I. Book Lists. APPENDIX II. Reviews of Children's Books. APPENDIX III. Children's Literature - History and Criticism. APPENDIX IV. Reference. APPENDIX V. Marketing Information. APPENDIX VI. Books on Craft. APPENDIX VII. Organizations Important to Writers. APPENDIX VIII. Services and Support. APPENDIX IX. Even More Titles by Genre.