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The Major Steps in the Self-Publishing Process

If you have a great idea for a book and good writing skills, you can have a book professionally published and made available to the general public. The process is called self-publishing and it’s an involved [more…]

Hiring Freelancers for Your Self-Publishing Project

You may not have the time or knowledge to cover all aspects of self-publishing a book, so interviewing and hiring a freelancer is a great option for ensuring that each step of the self-publishing process [more…]

Self-Publishing For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Turning a great idea into a book through self-publishing is an ambitious project, so be sure to understand the principal steps involved in the process. If you need help with certain aspects of self-publishing [more…]

Age Levels for Children's Books

If you're writing a children's book, it pays to be familiar with how publishers classify them. Publishers generally assign age groups for readers of various formats as set out in the following list: [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…]

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 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…]

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…]


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