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Writing Children's Books For Dummies, 2nd Edition

Lisa Rojany Buccieri, Peter Economy

ISBN: 978-1-118-46002-3 November 2012 384 Pages


Everything aspiring authors need to write, publish, and sell a children's book

Everyone loves a children's book—and many dream about writing one. But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armed with a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell, publish, and promote a book? Yes, it is!

Clearly and concisely written with straightforward advice and a plethora of specific up-to-date recommendations, Writing Children's Books For Dummies provides step-by-step information on everything aspiring children's book authors need to know—from researching the current marketplace to developing story ideas, strengthening writing skills, dealing with editors, and submitting proposals and manuscripts to agents and publishers.

  • Updated and improved writing exercises
  • All new content on social media and establishing an online presence as an author
  • Fresh, updated content on publishing via hard copy and all the e- platforms

From setting down that first word on paper to doing a successful publicity tour, Writing Children's Books For Dummies gives you the confidence and the insiders' know-how to write and sell the story you've always wanted to write.

Introduction 1

Part I: The ABCs of Writing for Children 5

Chapter 1: Exploring the Basics of Writing Children’s Books 7

Chapter 2: Delving into Children’s Book Formats and Genres 13

Chapter 3: Understanding the Children’s Book Market 49

Part II: Immersing Yourself in the Writing Process 65

Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Workspace 67

Chapter 5: Starting with a Great Idea 73

Chapter 6: Researching Your Audience and Subject 89

Part III: Creating a Spellbinding Story 107

Chapter 7: Creating Compelling Characters 109

Chapter 8: The Plot Thickens: Confl ict, Climax, and Resolution 131

Chapter 9: Can We Talk? Writing Dialogue 143

Chapter 10: Setting the Scene 157

Chapter 11: Finding Your Voice: Point of View and Tone 169

Chapter 12: Writing Creative Nonfi ction Books 189

Part IV: Making Your Story Sparkle 205

Chapter 13: Editing and Formatting Your Way to a Happy Ending 207

Chapter 14: Creating Pictures from Your Words: The World of Illustrations 233

Chapter 15: Finding Feedback and Encouragement 249

Part V: Getting Published and Promoting Your Book 265

Chapter 16: Getting an Agent to Represent You 267

Chapter 17: Finding the Perfect Publisher and Signing a Contract 283

Chapter 18: So You Want to Self-Publish? 299

Chapter 19: Donning Your Publicity Cap 313

Chapter 20: Getting Savvy with Social Media 327

Part VI: The Part of Tens 341

Chapter 21: More Than Ten Great Sources for Storylines 343

Chapter 22: Ten Recognitions Children’s Authors Dream of Receiving 351

Index 353