You Can Write Children's Books
If you've always enjoyed telling children stories, this book will guide you
through the first steps - from writing them down to submitting them with
confidence. From inspiration to publication, Tracy Dils shows you how to
write the very best children's books and offers important tips for getting published.
You can Write Children's Books is a top-quality introduction to the nuts and
bolts of writing for young people. Portions of the book are so lucid and helpful
that I found myself wishing I'd written them myself! Well done, Tracy Dils!"
- Eric D. Suben, former editor-inn-chief, Golden Books
Is Writing for Children for You?
• Do you enjoy spending time with children? Do you truly like children?
• Do you aspire to a loftier goal than just "being published"?
• Do you consider writing for children an amiraable pursuit, or have
you chosen this field because you think it's somehow easier than writing for "grown-ups"?
• Do you truly love "reading" books written for young readers? Do
you frequently choose to read children's books instead of books written for "grown-ups"?
• Are you willing to work hard, not only on your writing, but on
researching and getting to know the mmarket?
• Are you open to exploring the wide variety of literature available
• Have you thought about the role goodbooks play in a child's life?
One reader says, "I found this book very helpful in outlining the begining to end
steps of writing, as well as submitting, stories for children. It is written in a
layman's easy-to-absorb manner and lays everything out for the reader step by step.
It is also very encouraging along the way!"
Misconceptions About Writing forChildren
Most writers who are considering writing children's books have some preconceived notions
about the genre.
1. Writing children's books is easier than writing for the adult market because
the books are shorter. Because of the special nature of this audience and the
competitive nature of the market, most writers find that writng for children is as
challenging or more challenging than writing for other audiences.
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Ms. Sherry Barry says, "Very well written book - also very upbeat - simple to
understand the work up of plots, themes etc. A very encouraging book if you have
a genuine interest in writing childrens. It made my writing much easier and clearer to write."
One reader says, "This is an excellent book for beginners. It gives an accurate
overview of the process of writing children books. The language is very conversational
and not too academic which makes it easier to grasp her concepts. In the appendix
she list some great resources that would be benefical to any writer - whether beginner or pro.
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