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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…]

How to Choose an E-Book Format for Education Publishing

Teachers and students can self-publish educational e-books for the iPad textbooks, storybooks, class assignments, and more. Create e-books for classroom iPad e-readers from any educational material, simply [more…]

Education and the Use of Digital Storytelling with iPads

Writing and reading stories is an important part of one’s education. With iPads in the classroom, digital storytelling is thoroughly ingrained in modern teaching methods. The digital aspect of storytelling [more…]

Help Students Create Educational E-Books with ScribblePress iPad App

ScribblePress is an app that enables kids to author, illustrate, share, and publish an e-book for iPad. Your students can use ScribblePress to write and illustrate their own stories, and then publish them [more…]

Help Students Create Educational E-Books with Book Creator iPad App

Book Creator is one of the simplest iPad apps for creating e-books. Book Creator frees students to work creatively on a range of e-book projects, and the completed books can be read in iBooks and published [more…]

How to Set Up Your Workspace for Writing Children's Books

Before you can revel in all those copies flying off the bookstore shelves and into online shopping carts — you have to write a children's book! For some fortunate writers, this is the easy part; for others [more…]

How to Conduct Research for Writing Children's Books

The best children’s books have some grounding in a child’s reality, and the best way to discover what that reality is rather than what you imagine it to be is to get out there and explore. [more…]

How to Launch a Social Media Campaign for Your Children's Book

Although a key part of establishing a powerful social media platform to publicize your children's book is persistently and consistently building your online presence using the various tools at your disposal [more…]

More Than Ten Great Sources for Storylines

Certain premises for story lines can be employed time and again. Whether your take on an existing story sounds derivative is up to you and your writing skill. Here are some fabulous resources for story [more…]

How to Engage Students through iPad Digital Storytelling and Multimedia

iPads in the classroom can be used to create digital multimedia stories for a variety of classroom learning projects. iPads offer access to educational apps and tools for creating digital stories. Use [more…]

How to Plan iPad Multimedia Assignments for Students

With classroom iPads, students can create a variety of digital storytelling and multimedia assignments. How should teachers plan iPad multimedia assignments and lessons that test students' storytelling [more…]

Top 50 Most Commonly Used Words in English

Your child must spell some words by automatic reflex, because she'll use them time and time again. Here are the 50 most common words of all — the ones you need to help her get to know [more…]

The Handiest Mnemonics to Help Kids Learn to Spell

Mnemonics, or memory joggers, are really handy and helpful things. The mnemonics listed below can help your child figure out some of those tricky spelling rules that trip up just about everyone at one [more…]

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