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Or, if you're planning to write a creative nonfiction children's book—on a topic such as science, nature, or a historical figure, for example—the authors include a chapter on this, too. Some even include information about previous completion rates something I really pay attention to. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Extremes rule the world is black or white, not both — most children ages 10 and under can be quite literal. While each YA novel differs from the next, we can attribute the split in age ranges most of the time to five issues: Everyone loves a children's book.
Everything is clearly written and interviews with those in the field are extremely helpful. Paperback Verified Purchase.
Love love love that the authors give such detailed guidance, it's super easy to navigate, and they make it fun with their light-hearted yet professional tone! It's also really great that they include real experiences of their own and interviews with successful children's book authors, editors, and publishers. Very informative and eye-opening for my amateur self.
Not only did this help me write my very first manuscript, but it also showed me so much about an industry that i thought i knew enough about. It has made me appreciate writing and authors so much more. If i didn't have this book, i would've made so many rookie mistakes while thinking i was doing it right. If you're thinking about buying this, i definitely recommend it. There's just so much more to writing than meets the eye.
It covers everything from writing characters, to advertising, promoting, and submitting your work. It will not make you a pro, but it will make you less ignorant and teach you basic knowledge in order to get your idea on paper. Symbols are used. Very simply written. Ideas always presented clearly and simply for the subject matter.
I find nothing in this book to fault for the writing of children's books.
If one is an artist or illustrator Given changes in technology this if an exploding field. What J. Rowling says she discovered I had friends who were as obsessed with Harry Potter as were their kids. What's happening now. What sells. What appeals. Then this is an excellence place to start.
If you somehow think that writing a children's book is any easier than writing a book for adults As with much else in life. Rowling or Stephenie Myers.
This book provides so many useful tips on everything from character development, to pacing, setting, writing style and so much more. In what could easily be an overwhelming amount of material to cover in a concise and practical way, the authors break it down into easy to understand segments with practical, and easy to implement, tips and exercises.
It was also a great resource to better understand the publishing industry and provided a wealth of information based off of years and years of the authors' experience in the industry. I highly recommend! One person found this helpful.
Knowing that the Dummies Book line contains reference material on just about every subject, I was happy to read through their version of Writing for Children's Books as I began my project.
From Chapter One onward, each page gave me valuable insights that constantly gave me new information to rethink my path. Without this book, I doubt I would have been able to finish my writing project in a timely manner. Each chapter delves into issues you most likely have never thought about! This book is invaluable and will serve as a resource for every writing project I tackle!
Well-designed, easy to read. Great information! Definitely worth the purchase: There's a LOT of information here. It's a good introduction to the field. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
Learn more about Amazon Giveaway. Again, this is something authors really need to do. I intend to work through many of the exercises, such as creating a character Bible, and outlining character arcs.
Even though many of the writing techniques could be used for different types of writing, it was great that everything is geared for writing for children. The last part is invaluable-- step by step guide to the convoluted process of bringing your book to the attention of agents and, eventually, publishers. This book is certainly an indispensable tool for writers, and should be kept on the writer's desk right next to a copy of the real Roget's Thesaurus. View all 6 comments.
Dec 29, Lance Greenfield rated it really liked it.
Yet another great " If it wasn't for the fact that I have so many other things to do, I'd sit right down and write myself a children's book. I have plenty of ideas. Maybe sometime soon. Oct 06, Robert Kent rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book is wonderfully organized and indexed.
I've been a big fan of the For Dummies books for years and I've got six of them already in my home on topics I've been interested in. Among my favorites are English Grammar For Dummies not that you'd know it if you read this blog and Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies, both equally useful in their own ways. I've even taken a shot at editing them as Wiley Publishing has a hub I pass every morning on my way to my day job.
If you've The book is wonderfully organized and indexed. If you've read a For Dummies book previously, you have a pretty good idea what to expect already and Writing Children's Books For Dummies doesn't disappoint. It gives us a concise overview of both writing a book and publishing it and features an interview with our old friend Peggy Tierney as well as cover shots of Ashfall and Ashen Winter, which made Mike Mullin happy when I told him.
Between the interviews and the advice sprinkled throughout, this book is valuable to a hardened Ninja as well as a newbie. But much of the book is dedicated to the basics, which is as it should be. These portions may not be of interest to you, Esteemed Reader. As you're reading a blog called Middle Grade Ninja, you presumably know what middle grade is. But everyone has to start somewhere and this book is great for a new-comer.
Still, whether veteran or newbie, you have to love this definition of middle grade: Middle-grade fiction and nonfiction books are what many of us remember reading from our childhoods.
And if you're curious how that differs from young adult, this book's got you covered: Young adult books fall into two main age groups: YA appropriate for children ages 12 and up, and YA for children 14 and up.
While each YA novel differs from the next, we can attribute the split in age ranges most of the time to five issues: Those YA novels that overtly and unashamedly deal with these topics are usually saved for the older kids. If you lack the funds to attend a writer's conference, pick up a copy of this book. Better yet, read this book, then go to a conference. If you've been writing for years, you might not expect there to be anything in this book for you, but you'd be wrong.
There are plenty of fresh ideas sprinkled in among the basics: You could be there in an official capacity, perhaps as the coach at a community center or a nearby school, or even as a teacher at your local church or synagogue. Many volunteers give their time and expertise for altruistic reasons, and you can say you do, too, while secretly gathering material from children by hanging out with them in a way benefiting both of you.
They get an adult to oversee and guide activities, and you get to observe them on the sly, mercilessly using them for the material and ideas they contribute to your idea notebook. If the ideas won't do it for you, surely the advice of experts will. I love this quote from an interview with book buyer Jennifer Christopher Randle: Middle-grade fiction has little to no illustration to support it.
Do yourself a favor, Esteemed Reader, and get your own copy. Of the many grown-ups who stand between you and your audience children , agents and acquisitions editors or publishers are the first ones you must impress. An agent serves as the eyes and ears for the publishers and acquisitions editors—and all three are looking for the same qualities: A great way to understand how children in your target age group think is to read them and then have a question-and-answer session.
You can do this with children who are as young as three or four years of age, depending on how verbal they are and how accustomed they are to speaking in front of other kids preschoolers are ideal for this kind of exercise because they love to raise their hands , give their opinions—often in great and meandering detail—and listen to themselves speak to an adult who actually cares what they have to say.
If you want to keep your characters interesting, your plots active, and your writing strong, avoid overusing the passive voice. Aug 30, Reeds added it Shelves: I'm to chapter 6 in this book, and so far I'm hearing violins playing, "Beautiful Dreamer. I hope it becomes more encouraging than this as you go along. Now that I'm done with the book my impression is that writing and selling a book is basically starting your own small business, a very time and money consuming small business that may or may not ever make a profit.
They make it sound like you pretty much have to be at I'm to chapter 6 in this book, and so far I'm hearing violins playing, "Beautiful Dreamer. They make it sound like you pretty much have to be at the right place at the right time, and just sort of accidently fall into the opportunity by accident.
Sep 06, Tracy rated it liked it. Only time will tell if this book is actually helpful. Great book for aspiring authors of children's books. Really helpful and covers everything I could think of. Knocked one star off purely because it was a little outdated in terms of internet and technology now and because it's very american-centric.
Feb 23, Joanne E. Excellent resource! A complete guide to writing, selling, promoting a children's book. Everything you wanted to know and also things you never thought of asking. I really like the way it is organized. Everything is clearly written and interviews with those in the field are extremely helpful. Jul 31, Jena rated it it was ok. I don't typically read "Dummies" books for writing advice. However, I'd heard such good reviews of this book that I was willing to give it a shot and see if there was any additional information I could glean from it in regards to writing picture books.
Unfortunately, this is not the book to do that with. And be sure to be clear about your core message. While the sequence and rhythm of events is very important, please keep in mind that not all stories have the same structure. There is no one formula because following a formula would rob stories of their true potential. You may already have a title for your book in mind. But something we want just as much if not more is for readers to actually find your book! Editing is a valuable investment.
Your book and its message might be amazing, but if too many errors slip through, your readers will notice and voice their opinion in a review like this, which ultimately will lower your overall rating. If your book is more than words long, you should send it off to a professional editor for proofing. Yes, you can go over it yourself and let your significant other read through it. But letting a third unbiased, independent, and professional party look over it will make your manuscript so much better, given you have an experienced editor.
When it comes to picture books, there are a number of different orientations to choose from. This decision needs to be made early on because your illustrations will depend greatly on the orientation you choose for your book. Below are the most common sizes. If you plan on having your images cover the entire page, make sure to add 0.
The larger your image, the better — at least 2, pixels per side, preferably larger. Take printing into account. Just make sure the aspect ratio remains the same if you should decide to resize your images. For picture books, I usually like to work backward. Remember — this is not the final layout.
This is just meant to help you determine which illustrations you would like to include so that you can get ready to find and hire an illustrator. This step is also helpful if you are planning to create your illustrations yourself.
You just want to get the essence of the story right, so be loose and expressive, and have some fun. How you combine your text and illustrations is really a design question and completely up to you. But because the creation process depends on your chosen combination, you will have to decide in advance so you can let your illustrator know.
It will also look consistent across different devices. Here, I have added a layer underneath the text to make it stand out from the background. If you decide to include the text in the image itself, this will have to be done by your illustrator. Or, if you feel your skills are up to it, you can add the text yourself once you receive the finished images, using simple graphics software.
Bear in mind that this method does make editing the text a bit harder — any changes or corrections have to be made within the image itself. The other option is to have the images and text separate, with the text either below the illustration or on a separate page.
Below is a double-page spread from my chapter book series The Amulet Of Amser.