No matter how strong your plot or how deep your characters’ emotion run or how cute your illustrations are, writing a children’s book and getting it published requires you to know a few general rules. You can’t expect to win over a literary agent if you don’t know what the difference is between a picture book and a picture story book, and you can’t count on writing for children courses to give you the 411 on the basics.
In How to Break Into Children’s Writing we offer up 9 of the most frequently asked questions that writers have when they are considering writing stories for children. Did you know that it is best to keep adult involvement in children’s novels to a minimum, allowing the protagonists to solve their problems without adult intervention? Is there a formal vocabulary list that publishers want you to choose your words from when writing for elementary school kids?
Gain a clear vision of what you can and can’t do to steer your short stories for children or children’s books in a direction that will move you out of the slush pile and into the consideration pile by downloading How to Break Into Children’s Writing today! It’s free to do and you can reference it each and every time you need to.
What age groups need to be focused on when writing a children’s book?
When you come up with an idea for a kids’ book, you have to decide what type of book you are writing: a Young Adult novel? A picture book? An easy reader? Each of these is defined by what age of kid you are writing toward, so it’s important to know which age group goes with which type of book. This free download breaks it apart and let’s you know the age of the audience for each type of children’s book.
What’s the differences between a children’s picture book, a children’s picture story book, and a children’s chapter book?
When writing for children who are pre-readers or beginning readers, it’s important to understand the differences between the types of books that fit that audience. In this section of the free download, you’ll get a full explanation of what differentiates a picture book from a picture story book and a chapter book. All have a specific purpose and enjoy different ways of story writing for children. If your goal is writing children’s picture books and publishing a children’s book (or two) for this young demographic, make sure you angle your story according to the guidelines set here.
What’s the appropriate length for a middle-grade and young adult children’s books?
One of the most common questions people who are writing books for children want to know is, what is the appropriate word count for middle-grade novels and YA novels? Children’s publishing has guidelines that all writers should follow, particularly first-time novelists. After all, agents and editors gamble every time they sign a an author without a proven track record, so they want folks who know the rules of writing stories for children. Get the word-count ranges in this download.
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