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20 Tips for Writing Children's Books

Posted by keerthi on Jul 27, 2018 6:53:45 AM

Publication doesn?t have to be the goal of all writing.  We can write  (and illustrate) children?s books for our families, neighbors,  students, friends; and such writing is also valid and important.  Here  are a few hints for both writing and publishing book for young readers.

  1. Remember your child-self, your feelings, childhood memories, worries and pleasures. (Most picture books are for 3-10 year olds.)
  2. Create your writing time and mull?about what to write, about how to  write it, about how to be daring. Among your key resources are your love  of stories and language, your spirit, imagination and persistence.
  3. Be welcoming of your writing. Welcome your ideas as you would welcome a guest. Resist thinking negatively about your work.
  4. Read picture books both old and new.
  5. Visit bookstores and libraries. Become acquainted with the person in  charge of children?s books who may know about workshops, writing  groups, school visit opportunities.
  6. Create systems for jotting ideas and images.
  7. Consider taking writing workshops, attending conferences, joining the Society of Children?s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
  8. Many books are available about writing children?s books. Read at least one and read books on creativity.
  9. Start or join a writing group.
  10. Cultivate the habit of revision. The many books about writing help this essential habit.
  11. Know your goal. If publication is important to you, learn about the  field. Some writers find it helpful to know what?s being published. They  read reviews of picture books and browse in bookstores.
  12. Understand that picture book publishing is a collaborative process.  The collaborators are the author, the illustrator, the editor, the art  director, and sometimes the editor-in-chief and marketing staff. If you  need total control of the of the process, best publish your own  manuscript.
  13. Know that publishing is a business. Wonderful books get published;  wonderful manuscripts don?t. A publisher has to believe that a  manuscript will sell when it competes with 5,000 other books.
  14. Be prepared for rejection. Editors receive thousands of unsolicited manuscripts. Have I ever gotten used to the rejection? NO.
  15. Know the advantages and disadvantages of small and large presses.
  16. Submit your best work intelligently. Know the submission process.
  17. Be persistent. It is not easy to have a manuscript accepted.
  18. Never underestimate the importance of supportive friends and family.
  19. Share your work. This will give you and others pleasure and will encourage you to write more.
  20. Love your work. Care about the process of writing and the honor of  writing for children. Be committed to that. Having a book published  probably won?t change your life, but being committed to writing and  children can change your life and the life of your readers.



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Jul 31, 2018 2:13 AM angelawinstead    says:

I am currently working on the story and illustrations as we speak, but I  don’t have much of an artistic background so I don’t know how people  will react to my drawings.  I’d still like to make a book though.  I’m  20 and going to college to get my feet wet, I have always liked to  create stories and have a lot of ideas. I really want to lean towards  the right direction and make a difference for myself and for children  everywhere. You can also get some writing tips at this crafts your essay blog.