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The Latest Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market Is Out — So Get Your Children’s Book Published

The 2014 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is out and available in major bookstores! Although it’s a few months old, I’ve never done a proper announcement and giveaway, but, heck, it’s 2014 — a new year with grand possibilities. What better way to start than a giveaway contest? The CWIM a great resource guide for writers of picture books and novels for kids (young adult, middle grade) as well as illustrators.

The new 2014 edition of the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is updated and packed with info. Now in its 26th year, the newest edition still provides great market and submission/contact information for book publishers, art reps, international publishers, literary agents, contests, magazines, conferences and more. In addition to hundreds of markets for your kids book, this new edition has the following:

  • Interviews with acclaimed novelists such as Beth Revis (Across the Universe), R.L. Stine (Goosebumps), Marie Lu (Legend), and many more. Hear from the masters.
  • Spotlights of 11 debut authors who broke out. These authors are great examples to study, as you can see what they did right, what they wish they did years ago, how they got their literary agents, and more.
  • 19 new listed art reps for illustrators. We found 19 new reps to list in the 2014 edition, along with other reps. And if you’re an illustrator, check out the interview with illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi in the book!
  • “New Agent Spotlights” that pinpoint new/newer literary reps who are actively seeking submissions and clients NOW.
  • And much more.

Buy it here! (It is available wherever books are sold, including Barnes & Noble or on Amazon, but know that when you order any product from our Writer’s Digest shop, you get the same deep discount you find on Amazon.) Need more reasons to buy? How about 8 darn good testimonials below from these very cool people, many of which are bestsellers, and some of which have even had movies made out of their books.

THE GIVEAWAY!!! Comment on this post and just say anything nice about any element of Writer’s Digest you enjoy — from a blog post to a class or a book or anything else. In two weeks, I will pick 3 winners randomly to win a copy of the book! It’s that easy.



“Whenever anyone asks for publishing advice,
I tell them to grab the latest edition of Children’s
Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market

- JAY ASHER, author of the #1 New York
Times bestseller 13 Reasons Why

and The Future of Us


CWIM is a great resource for artists and writers
who are ready to share their talent with the world.”

- MEG CABOT, author of multiple #1 New York Times
bestsellers, including the Princess Diaries series


CWIM is an invaluable resource for any aspiring
writer hoping to get published. It helped me a lot
and I recommend it to everyone.”

- JAMES DASHNER, New York Times best-selling
author of The Maze Runner series, the first book of which
is soon to be a major motion picture.


Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is invaluable
for writers of children’s books. Chock-full of publishing
resources, it’s a must-have.”

- BECCA FITZPATRICK, author of Hush-Hush
and Crescendo


“If you’re serious about writing or illustrating for
young people, the information, tools and insights
within the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market
will get you started on the right path.”

- WENDY TOLIVER, author of Lifted


Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market has all the things
a new writer needs to know about the business, like who’s
who and how to submit to agents and publishers, but it also
has all the intangibles, like advice and encouragement.
Buy it for the information, keep it for the inspiration.”

- JOSEPHINE ANGELINI, international
bestselling author of Starcrossed.


“Chuck Sambuchino’s Children’s Writer’s and
Illustrator’s Market has all you need to
master the publishing process.”

- JULIE CANTRELL, New York Times and
USA Today bestselling author of Into the Free


“In my pre-published days (and there were many), purchasing
and perusing the new edition of the Children’s Writer’s &
Illustrator’s Market
guide was such a hopeful time of year
for me.  I really got my optimistic juices flowing while reading
the articles and highlighting names of editors and agents.
You’re part of a great publication!”

- CLARE VANDERPOOL author of the
young adult novel, NAVIGATING EARLY
(Delacorte, 2013)

Pick up the 2014 edition of CWIM here!


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94 thoughts on “The Latest Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market Is Out — So Get Your Children’s Book Published

  1. Charlotte Rodenberg

    I bought the 2010 edition of this book while researching publishers for my manuscript and illustrations. I am proud to say that this book helped me write query letters, learn about the industry and select potential publishers to submit my work to. My first book “Bronto and the Pterodactyl Eggs”(c.craigmorecreations) was picked up in 2010 and hit bookshelves in 2011. I i have sense then signed a contract with my publisher for a sequel and continue to refer to my Writer’s Market book for inspiration and information. THANKS!!

  2. Shirley

    I love this site. I read about myself every time I log in. I have a lot of problems getting my book written. I come on here and THERE IT IS!! The very reason I can’t get it done. Amazing how you guys can read my mind. Thanks so much.
    I may get the book finished before I get old enough to draw social security.
    Really, I love this place. I can’t wait for the magazine every other month. Within days it has almost every paged turned down, things written on every page and as wrinkled as my plaid shirt I wear every day. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  3. Sandra

    Writer’s Digest provides a plethora of useful writing services. I don’t think there’s a question that hasn’t been answered by its team of writers.

    I rarely enter contests, but the prize for this one is a wonderful resource. Good luck to all who enter.

  4. jndsma

    I love that moment when the WD newsletter appears in my inbox. I always open it right away, even if I’m working at my “other” job, and in the middle of an important project. There are so many useful and interesting articles, and I’m always eager to start reading them!

  5. Kim

    The expertise and encouragement that Writer’s Digest provides in priceless to any writer. It’s a big writing world out there and I wouldn’t even know where to begin navigating without Writer’s Digest. The 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is definitely on my writer wishlist!

  6. sanockij

    I never know what I’m going to find when I start surfing around on WD. It might be tips on making dialogue more effective, or how to make setting as vivid as a character, or ways to make even the most minor characters memorable. It’s always a surprise, but always helpful.

  7. blaisemi

    Have read and loved Writer’s Digest for years. There’s always some new and fresh to learn about both the craft and business of writing. Thanks for all the great work!

  8. viviankirkfield

    Am I too late for the party? I hope not! I’m rediscovering the wonderful world of writing for children…what better guide and roadmap for my journey than a copy of Writer’s Digest. Now that I’ve registered on this site, I hope to return often to use it as a resource as I write, revise, submit and hopefully…publish!

  9. BookLover2

    Writer’s Digest is such a terrific resource that I constantly refer to in order to improve my writing. I love the writing articles and tips and the writing tutorials. I also find the forum to be a valuable resource: I find many answers that I’ve been looking for, or ones that I didn’t even know I had been looking for, which have really saved me a lot of endless searching.
    Thank you!

  10. julesmae

    Hey, I really appreciate how your website is set up – easy to navigate and plenty of well placed information. I like how you really lay things out for us.


  11. paigehawk

    Writer’s Digest should be a required tool for every writer. Whether you are just discovering a passion for the written word or you are already a published author, Writer’s Digest has something for you!

  12. cekster

    This is an amazing reference for authors. I always have it by my side when I’m working on a submission. In addition, I love reading all the inspiring stories in the front of the book. If you are serious about this business, the Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is a necessity. I was waiting for the 2013 edition to come out!

  13. jacobstahl

    I am new to Writer’s Digest and have, so far, found so many answers to my questions about picture books and children’s literature in the blogs and postings I’ve read here.

  14. marge0857

    Writer’s Digest is like having a professional writing instructor right at your fingertips, always willing and able to provide the guidance and incentive all writers need!

  15. mindbuilder

    Favotite part of Writer’s Digest – don’t laugh – but aside from the informative that is obviously useful in terms of markets, etc. – is that it’s SITTING ON MY SHELF ABOVE MY DESK and constantly reminding me of what I’m supposed to do. Sometimes when I’m in a funk and being non-productive, I can reach up and pull it off the shelf and nearly always, thumbing through it gets me going again!

  16. MelodyAislyn

    Sometimes when I’ve been having a difficult writing week, I’ll log onto my email and see a new one from Writer’s Digest. And whether it is a writing tip or news about new inquiring agents, my spirits seem to lift a little as I read. I know I’m a good writer and I know that someday I will be published. It just takes one agent to read one query letter and have one good feeling about my work. That’s what Writer’s Digest gives me. Hope.

  17. Maggie78

    Have been reading Writer’s Digest for many years. Enjoy it all and particularly the articles on non-fiction writing. With a picture book on the back burner, I would absolutely love to add the 2013 Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market to my collection of reference books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  18. Paige3

    Love the free downloads, the writing competitions, and like it when WD showcases a writer’s website and explains why it is so great online. Yup, a great place to ‘feel’ included. Thanks.

  19. Ishmael

    The shopping. I love the books they offer, and I’ve managed to put together a little library that answers all of my writing questions. Lots of good stuff. :)

  20. abaker237

    As a brand new writer I know very little about the whole process of getting a book published. The many emails from Writers Digest has been very very valuable.

  21. vrundell

    My favorite part of WD? Getting it–mailbox or inbox, I just love each new arrival. I read and re-read the print and archive the e-versions for later convenience. So much useful info, particularly the new agent spotlights and “How I landed my agent” columns….

    Thanks always!

  22. Heart2Heart

    I love the weekly writing prompts, the 2013 Guide (Deluxe Edition) I bought, the contest opportunities and the articles…….I Love Writers Digest!

  23. sscott725

    I really like the sample query letters because it shows me what to do and what not to do. Mainly, I just love this whole site. As a newbie writer, I find the resources here invaluable.

  24. CarlyMc

    If you can’t find the time to write, I highly recommend the Writer’s Digest class “Fitting Writing Into Your Life,” taught by Terri Valentine. It’ll change the way you think about time. And the class textbook, The Productive Writer, by Sage Cohen, is invaluable. I had a book signing and speaking engagement last weekend, and the chapter “Going Public” saved me. I keep the book with me all the time for reference.

  25. Teresa

    You should see all the WD books I have on my bookshelves! Love them all. This past week, I’ve been spending quality time with “The Writer’s Digest Character Naming Sourcebook” for my WIP. ;)

  26. jojo3800

    I think seeing all those pages and pages of publishers and agents gives hope. After all the reminders of just how hard it is to get published–you need hope. As for Writer’s Digest, I love the variety of articles. There is something about everything!

  27. Graelyn

    I love Writer’s Digest. It gives me so much information and many times it has helped me to expand my knowledge of writing and the writing business.

    I would like to win the 2013 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market because I would like to expand my writing into the children’s market.

  28. SSolomiany

    Writer’s Digest has become my writing bible. From the blog posts to the magazine to the conferences, it is by far my greatest source of motivation toward writing. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  29. andreadorn

    I look for the articles about agents, especially when you list what they are looking for in queries. I’m moving into a new genre (children’s books) so I feel like I’m starting all over again.

  30. cbjj@comcast.net

    I am fairly new to Writers Digest. I was able to check out the 2012 copy from the library. There was so much information in the 2012 copy that I can’t wait to read the new 2013.

  31. Kaylyn

    I appreciate your style of article writing. I never lose interest when reading your blog. Thanks for all your hard work. I’m always excited when I see articles related to children’s writing. The Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market is a must-have for me.

  32. HannaAnna

    I love the resources here. I can read about new agents and get tips from authors about getting published. And since that’s what I’m trying to do, it’s extremely helpful and comforting to read what others who have made it are saying! And I really want this book!!

  33. Cruz

    When I feel like the images in my head refuse to crawl out of my fingers towards the blank screen in front of me, I visit writersdigest.com to get recharged. There is always something in it’s pages that psychs me up to return to my blank screen and fill it. Thanks wd.

  34. mmstewart8

    The Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Market guide is a fantastic resource! I love all of it, but especially appreciate the section on writing a synopsis. I couldn’t figure out what I was supposed to include, but this section gave me all the important info and how to format it. Thanks.

  35. weareallmadhere

    I’ve been addicted to the information crammed into the Writers Market books since before I knew they would rule my life, when I was working at a used bookstore. And now I’m a Publishing Graduate student and not only does the Children’s Writer’s Market give me hope for my own writing, but we used several of the Writer’s Digest Books in my classes. They are filled with the best information, presented in the easiest and cleanest manner that I have yet to find elsewhere. And they make my own writing seem so much better now that I actually can find what I’m doing wrong and correct it. As well as where to send my imagination baby off to once it’s full functioning as a piece of fiction. Thanks.

  36. Jackynoie

    I particularly like the various writing prompts. I actually created a box full of them so that whenever I feel the need to do some free writing, I reach in, give myself a time limit and go. Sometimes I really like what I compose, and other times I shred the evidence as fast as possible.

  37. Samina

    My favourite part of the website is that I am able to find out so many ways to improve my writing. For example how to find agents, 101 Best Websites for Writers, competitions I can enter to get my work published. This website is full of so many opportunities for upcoming writers. I am glad to be part of the community.

  38. naturalred78

    I love that WD showcases new agents. I love quite a few things WD does, but that would take a book to write it all down. Thanks for helping writers constantly improve.

  39. kathyellendavis

    This may sound silly, but I LOVE how big the book is.
    It just feels important in your hands, and there’s always something you can find that’s useful.
    Keep up the good work!

  40. Debbie

    I’m learning to find myself. As I read Writer’s Digest, and its respective websites, I can see much more of my potential. I have joined some contests, tested myself with prompts, and enjoyed new genres. Without all of this, I might have assumed a singular ability. Any further resources would increase my chances for future growth and vision. Thank you for these opportunities.

  41. bonitianniti

    While I’m new to what WD has to offer, I truly believe it’s a great starting point as I begin to navigate my way through the writing world. They have advice and inspiration for writers of all levels! WD has definitely got me going, that’s for sure. Took the “Picture Book Craft Intensive” webinar and actually wrote a children’s story… Something that’s been bottled up inside for years!

  42. katiejwriter

    WD is the first guide I used when I became a professional FT writer in 2007 — and still use to this day. Inspired to write my first children’s book based on my kids and this guide will be a perfect fit!

  43. flute71

    Got a weird message when I posted this a second ago (“you are entering comments too fast. slow down.”) So I will try again! This past year was the first time I subscribed to Writers Digest, and I love it. The contributers ar great and the resource is invaluble. Thank you!

  44. ps45vs1

    I love Writer’s Digest CAIM because the book gives writers of all levels places to submit their work. This is especially helpful to new writers like myself looking to be published. CWIM also shows various genres in which to submit and excellant articles from published authors. This book is on my Christmas wish list as I graduate from college April ’13, and am actively looking for new avenues for my work :)

  45. stephsco

    This book looks like a great resource. I’m just now gathering info on agencies after polishing my query letter. I’ve been getting Writer’s Digest emails for awhile now and I always enjoy the spotlights on how authors found their literary agent.

  46. kim@kimberleemurray.com

    I really like the “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far” column because they usually clear up many misconceptions I have about writing and getting published.

  47. LauraR

    I love so much about WD, but especially news about agents and contests. I just eat those up. As an aspiring children’s book author, I need to get my hands on this book pronto! Thanks for the chance to win.

  48. Chilo

    I took out the WD magazine from the library and was struck by the great tips and articls about writng that I purchased the subscription and started browsing their website!

  49. fcstcc18

    I’ve found following the fabulous Chuck on Twitter, and keeping up on new posts here on WD has really kept me up to date on all the new agents out there. This is such a fabulous resource for any writer. I love that you all aren’t genre specific and look to help everyone. It’s a valuable resource that even my Creative Writing professors list. Thank you for the opportunity and for everything you do!

  50. ShaunaR

    I appreciate the practical tips and hands-on writing ideas and exercises that Writer’s Digest offers. WD doesn’t just share information and advice but encourages writers to get busy writing.

  51. KarenLange

    I haven’t picked up a Children’s Market guide in a long time. I need to soon; thanks for the reminder. I appreciate the WD site and materials – you can always count on solid advice on just about anything pertaining to writing.

  52. KIMOCO01

    So much of writing is spent alone at a desk. I love that the Writer’s Digest web site–the blogs, the prompts, the contests, and much more–helps me to feel connected with the larger writing community. When my energy flags or the writing demons come out, WD.com re-energizes me and helps me to keep going. With one picture book manuscript that I’d like to shop around, this new edition of the Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market would be necessary and welcome! Thanks for the blog.

  53. Ardent Muse

    I love the WD writing prompts on Twitter – they’re a great way to jump-start your writing.. one in fact, started a flood of titles and great ideas for children’s stories that I’ve sketched out in an excel document – I even envision them becoming movies, but.. I’ve gotta get published first… and the 2013 Children’s Writers & Illustrators Market book would be ideal for my literary goals. Thanks for those Twitter prompts and contests! :)

  54. jimbone21

    I loved the comparisons of good query letters vs bad ones. Comic gold. Do people really write like this?

    On a side note: Does anyone know what the differences are between 2013 Writer’s Digest and 2013 Writer’s Digest Deluxe? Also, how much overlap is there between something like the specialized books (Children’s, Novel/Short Story, Poetry, etc) and the Writer’s Digest itself?

    1. Ishmael

      I think you’re referring to the Writer’s Market and WM Deluxe. The deluxe has a cd rom, if I’m not mistaken. I don’t know how much overlap happens among the various editions.

    2. hturnbull

      Wait, wait wait wait
      am i yet too late
      I’ve got sumint to say
      Writers Digest is great

      Your post is essential
      perfectly divine
      for every fine writer
      for every fine line

      Helen Turnbull
      with love