Advice on first steps in getting published
Virginia Lowe runs courses on writing for children http://www.createakidsbook.com.au
http://cbiclubhouse.com has a lot of good tips on writing in general and writing for children in particular.
Jackie Hoskings has a weekly online newsletter on writing for children, Pass it On jackiehosking(at) bigpond.com
If you use twitter it could also be helpful to put in hashtags such as #childrensbooks #agents etc to find useful groups
Also keep your eyes open for competitions, which are often a good way in – my first book was published by winning a Scholastic picture book text competition.
Publishing: Submissions and Opportunities
There should not be any cost involved in publishing with a publishing house. They pay you! There is certainly cost involved in self-publishing, though it’s an area I know very little of.
Also, Brian Grove at My Perfect Pitch has general publishing advice for unpublished authors, and a list of publishers accepting submissions.
Wendy Orr is a Canadian-born Australian writer. Her books for children and adults have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Nim’s Island and Nim at Sea have also become feature films, starring Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin (Nim’s Island) and Bindi Irwin (Return to Nim’s Island.) Her latest book is Cuckoo’s Flight, a companion to the highly acclaimed Bronze Age novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. Read full bio