SCBWI's Blueboard - A Message & Chat Board

Basic question: Do I need to write the book first?

Discussion started on

The children's book world is new to me. (From a writing perspective, that is. I read plenty of kidlit!) I'm slowly working on a middle grade novel, but I also have a few ideas for non-fiction middle grade books. So I'm in research mode right now. Do I write the book first, then send off a query and proposal to agents or publishers? Or do I just write a query and proposal and then write the book if it gets accepted?

I know - basic newbie question! But I keep reading differing opinions on this - so I thought I'd come to the experts! :)

#1 - March 07, 2017, 07:50 AM

Global Moderator
Poster Plus
  • ***
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region florida
First off, I do not write non-fiction. I have heard, however, that for non-fiction you still have to write the first few chapters, and then summarize the rest. I doubt that this would hold true for your first book, though. Others who write NF would know better. Hopefully, someone will chime in soon.
#2 - March 07, 2017, 09:08 AM
ROYALLY ENTITLED (inspirational/historical YA) and OOPS-A-DAISY (humorous MG) out now.

Reader, Writer, Teacher, Wife & Mother
Global Moderator
Poster Plus
  • **
  • SCBWI Member
  • SCBWI Region carolinas
How fun to have another NF writer here. I'd say write a chapter or two, outline the rest and then think about querying. Most NF is sold on proposal.

Here's a good thread on it:

Good luck, Vijaya
#3 - March 07, 2017, 10:10 AM
Max & Dagny, Why in the World, Tongue-Tied, Bound, Ten Easter Eggs & 100+ bks/mags


0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.