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Tips for Writing Books for Younger Children

The rules for writing books for younger children (ages 2–8) are different from the rules for writing books for middle graders or young adults. Keep the following 12 commandments in mind. [more…]

What Not to Do when Writing Children's Books

Just as writing children’s books has a unique set of rules to follow (you know that the good guy or gal always wins), there are some things you should never do — never! Don’t even consider doing any of [more…]

How to Promote Your Children's Book

After you've written a children's book, you have to sell it — you didn't spend all that time and effort just to entertain yourself, did you? Try to accomplish one of the following tasks each week to help [more…]

Writing Children's Books For Dummies Cheat Sheet

As you explore writing children's books, you enter a different world, one filled with book formats — from board books to young adult novels — and a whole different set of rules to follow and restrictions [more…]

Ten Tips on How to Avoid Plagiarism

Plagiarism is cheating. You plagiarize if you use someone else’s creative work. You have to credit every source, so use footnotes or citations for online or printed materials. Any time you use all or part [more…]

What Are Parts of Speech in the English Language?

Languages are made up of separate parts of speech, which all work together to create meaningful conversations. Here’s a list of the top eight parts of speech, with examples to show you how you use them [more…]

English Grammar: The Parts of a Sentence

To make a proper sentence, you need a subject and a verb — all other components of the sentence are just icing on the cake! Here’s how to break down the parts of a sentence: [more…]

Tips for Verb Tenses in the English Language

Verb tense conveys when the action you’re describing took place — the past, present or future. Here’s a list of the grammatical terms for different verb tenses.      [more…]

How to Use Pronouns in English Grammar

Pronouns are important for many reasons, as outlined by the following tips. You can use pronouns to stand in as subjects or objects, or to show possession. Here are some tips for getting your head around [more…]

Tips for English Language Subject–Verb Agreement

Matching the right subject to your verb can be tricky when you're writing in English. Here are some basic tips to help you work out which verbs are singular and which verbs are plural. [more…]

How to Use Endmarks, Apostrophes and Commas in Written English

Punctuation makes a huge difference in the meaning of a sentence, so it’s vital that you understand how to use it correctly. Endmarks, apostrophes and commas are all key to clear communication in English [more…]

English Grammar For Dummies Cheat Sheet (Australia/New Zealand Edition)

Correct grammar is not just for people over 50 or those annoying picky English teachers — everyone needs to be able to communicate clearly and succinctly. But so many rules exist; how do you avoid getting [more…]

Ten Ways to Make the Most of a Writers' Conference

No matter whether you're a first-time author or you've written several books, attending a writers' conference can do wonders for you, in several different ways. This bonus chapter discusses some of the [more…]

Reader Expectations for a Memoir

You’re writing a memoir to share your story, which means you obviously want people to read it. To write a memoir designed to satisfy and engage readers, strive to meet the following expectations: [more…]

Ways to Find Writing Guidance and Support in Memoir Writing

Writing is a solitary act, so finding ways to combat the sense of loneliness is a good idea. Here are a few ways to create and develop a community to help support you in writing your memoir. Few people [more…]

Knowing the Difference between an Autobiography and a Memoir

Many people interchangeably use the terms “autobiography” and “memoir.” Although Amazon and many brick-and-mortar bookstores put them in the same category, they are quite different. Here’s how they are [more…]

Memoir Writing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Writing a memoir means you’re author and subject, researcher and storyteller, narrator and audience. That’s a lot to ask of any writer, though a good way to begin the challenge of writing a memoir is to [more…]

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…]

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