Writing Children's Books

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How to Hire an Editor for Your Children's Book Manuscript

After you’ve rewritten your children's book manuscript and edited it, you may need a professional editor or editorial service to check overall large elements of your story or to address final smaller [more…]

Ten Recognitions Children's Authors Dream of Receiving

Book prizes and awards look good on your living room wall and help you sell your book. The following list fills you in on some of the best annual book prizes. [more…]

The Basics of Writing Children's Books

Actually getting a children’s book published is difficult. If you don’t know the conventions and styles, if you don’t speak the lingo, if you don’t have someone to advocate for your work, or if you or [more…]

Baby and Toddler-Friendly Books with Lots of Pictures

What the children's book publishing industry loosely refers to as “books with pictures” describes any of the formats focusing mainly on heavy illustration and few words. Books with pictures are therefore [more…]

Children's Books with Lots of Words

This list takes a look at children's books that focus on telling a story through words. This category includes early readers, first chapter books, middle-grade books, and YA books. [more…]

Children's Books Genres

Genres are the general nature of major children’s book categories. They’re like big buckets into which a bunch of books written with certain similar conventions are thrown. For example, mystery fiction [more…]

How to Fight Writer's Block when Writing Children's Books

Writer's block are two little words guaranteed to strike fear in the heart of anyone who has ever faced a deadline or had to earn a living from his words. [more…]

How to Research a Nonfiction Children's Book Topic

Although you can play fast and loose with some facts in a fictional children's book, you don’t have that luxury when you’re working on a nonfiction book. To do so not only potentially risks your reputation [more…]

Your Revising Checklist for Your Children's Book

Revising is the fixing process you do when you go back to check whether all the major parts of your children's book are working. The revising phase is all about making sure the major elements of your story [more…]

Edit Out Common Writing Traps in Your Children's Book Manuscript

Sometimes there is something wrong with your children's book manuscript, and you simply can’t identify what it is. When you’re editing your work, you need to know not only how to recognize the problem, [more…]

How to Format Your Children's Book Manuscript

If you don’t make a good first impression, your children's book manuscript will likely get sent right back to you accompanied by one of those dreaded rejection letters. Editors see a gazillion manuscripts [more…]

Pre-Submission Basic Grammar and Style Primer for Children's Book Manuscripts

Although many publishing houses have their own in-house style or grammar guides stipulating how to treat serial commas or ellipses or em dashes, the following primer will guarantee you a manuscript that’s [more…]

Walk through the Illustration Process for Children's Books

After your manuscript is in house at a publishing company, the art director takes over. She and the editor in charge of the project get together and discuss possible directions for the art. Artists are [more…]

How to Handle Art When You’re Self-Publishing a Children's Book

Lots of writers and writer/illustrators these days are opting to self-publish instead of going the traditional route of submitting directly to agents, publishers, or art directors. There are some special [more…]

How to Find an Agent for Your Children's Book Manuscripts

You’ve decided you want an agent. The next step is to find a great one who will not just sell your children's book to a publisher, but who is ethical, who will take the time necessary to properly develop [more…]

How to Submit Your Children's Books Ideas to Agencies

So, you’ve decided to try to enlist the services of an agent to sell your children’s book. What next? You need to get your ideas in front of an agent. Here’s how to do that in a way that will increase [more…]

How to Draft Proposals to Children's Book Publishers

Publishers require prospective authors to submit either a proposal (a longer document providing additional editorial and marketing information about your book) or a [more…]

The Good and Bad News about Self-Publishing Your Children's Book

So why self-publish your children's book? Maybe you’ve huffed and puffed and you still can’t get an agent or publisher interested in your book. Maybe you want complete creative control, and the only way [more…]

The Print Route to Self-Publishing a Children's Book

As you consider self-publishing, don’t pass over the print route too quickly — there is still a large (and growing) market for this kind of book. Consider two of the most common approaches to getting your [more…]

The Digital Route to Self-Publishing a Children's Book

Most of the buzz in publishing today is about the coming of age of the e-book, books published in the form of a digital file that can be read on a variety of electronic platforms, including smartphones [more…]

How to Digitally Publicize Your Own Children's Book

The thought of doing your own children's book publicity can be both exciting and overwhelming thanks to the almost unlimited number of potential tools available, such as websites, blogs, videos, radio [more…]

Define Your Children's Book Character's Driving Desire

Sometime at the beginning of the writing process, you need to ask yourself just what makes the main character of your children's book move and groove. What does he really want that he simply cannot do [more…]

How to Flesh Out Your Children's Book's Main Character

When writing a children's book, it is important that your main character has a driving desire that is apparent to the reader. So how do you let the reader know about your character’s driving desire? [more…]

Get to Know Your Children's Book Characters through Dialogue

Using dialogue to get to know your children's book's main character better is not the same as having your character talk and talk ad infinitum in your story. Instead, dialogue is used between characters [more…]

How to Make a Character Bible for Your Children's Book

A great way to really build a children's book character, attribute by attribute, is to create a blueprint of him, called a character bible. A character bible is a type of character outline in which everything [more…]

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