Sunday, March 16, 2014

Is it middle grade or chapter book?

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Are you sometimes confused about the difference between chapter books and middle-grade books? I must admit many of us often wonder. Here is an interesting article written by Marty Banks on the Chapter Book Chat blog that addresses this topic.  In it, Banks quotes Emma D. Dryden, founder of drydenbks, a children’s book editorial and publishing consultancy firm, who says: “Even though many books for middle grade readership have chapters, they’re not normally referred to as ‘chapter books’ by publishers; they are, however, often referred to as ‘chapter books’ by booksellers and librarians, and others, which is why I believe there’s confusion about this.” There’s more.
If you’re thinking of writing in this genre, read the entire post to get a better understanding of chapter books vs middle-grade ones. 
And if you’ve polished up your manuscript and are ready to submit, Albert Whiteman & Company is accepting unsolicited submissions right now. So take that leap of faith and send your story out. Best of luck!

"Most new writers think it's easy to write for children, but it's not. You have to get in a beginning, middle and end, tell a great story, write well, not be condescending--all in a few pages."  -- Andrea Brown

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