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Highlights for Children Current Needs
Winter 2008-2009
Highlights CatalogHighlights for Children is quite a prestigious venue to be published. Editors from HIGHLIGHTS have some specific requests for material. Current needs in both fiction and nonfiction categorieslist are listed on their website and updated regularly. We've taken their current needs list as of February 2008 and copied it below but please check the Highlights website itself for up-to-date submissions information and guidelines.

Polling Editors & Agents
June 30, 2006
What are editors and agents looking for in writers? What cues do they use to judge whether their work is creative? Recently my husband and I polled editors and agents on how they evaluate writers during pitch meetings. Here are the results of the survey.

What Do Agents Actually Do?
June 21, 2006
Curtis Brown Ltd logoNathan Bransford is a literary agent with the San Francisco office of Curtis Brown Ltd., a New York based agency that has been representing writers since 1914. He, along with countless agents, editors, publishers and both published and yet-to-be-published writers, has established his own page in myspace, a social networking site that's not just for kids anymore.

Celebrities as Authors
Nov 2, 2003
Celebrity as authors?What is it with the publishing trend of having celebrities write children books? What do you as the buying public think of books written by celebs such as Madonna and Britney? Get your hands on Michiko Kakutani's insightful reporting on the subject and let's talk about it.

"Search Inside the Book"
Nov 1, 2003
Press release on's "Search Inside the Book" new feature available at its online site.

J.K. Rowlings Raises the Bar Once Again
Feb 7, 2003
Five months away from publication, J.K. Rowling's new book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, has set a new record as the highest priced new children's novel in history with a retail price of $29.99. Scholastic says that, "increased production costs and the new book's length, well over 700 pages" account for this. Pre-order your copy today thru CCF at which, like many other retailers, is selling it at 40% off the retail price, or $17.99. We think that's the "real" reason the retail price is so high. Customers'll think they're getting a deal at $17.99 and retailers won't loose their shirts doing it. What do you think?

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