Writing Children's Books For Dummies
Lisa Rojany Buccieri & Peter Economy
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Everyone loves a children's book. And many dream about writing one.But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armedwith a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell,publish, and promote a book? Yes, it is! Veteran children's bookpublishing executive and author Lisa Rojany Buccieri and authorPeter Economy show you how, in their incredibly useful 2005 firstedition of Writing Children's Books ForDummies®.
Buccieri and Economy begin by explaining the basics of thechildren's book business, from the nuts and bolts of the variousformats and genres—with helpful illustrations to aidyou—to the intricacies of the book publishing market, a listof recent award-winning books, and a first peek into the particularmind set that writing children's books requires. (Hint: Throw outthe adult rules, and think like a kid!)
Then the authors dive into the actual writing process itself,with tips on setting up a workspace, brainstorming great bookideas, researching the subject you decide on, even speaking withthe sorts of kids you hope will eventually read the book. They showyou how to create compelling characters and develop them in themanuscript; how to outline and write a plot "arc" of conflict,change, and resolution; how to master the difficult art of writingdialogue; and how to use active (rather than passive) language tokeep your story moving along and interesting to young minds.
Or, if you're planning to write a creative nonfiction children'sbook—on a topic such as science, nature, or a historicalfigure, for example—the authors include a chapter on this,too. Ready, set, go… it's time to sit down and write!
Once you've finished your book, however, the process has onlybegun. Now you will refine, submit, and hopefully sell yourmanuscript. Here again, the authors of Writing Children'sBooks For Dummies come through for you. They deliver solidadvice on hiring an illustrator—or not; participating inworkshops and conferences to learn the business and hone a story;finding an agent; and, finally, submitting the manuscript topublishers and—if you are successful—signing acontract.
Along the way, the authors also include tips on handlingrejection; a quick primer on the various editors in publishinghouses (and how they work to make your book its best); and making aplan to publicize the book, including hiring a publicist ifnecessary.
Like all For Dummies® books, WritingChildren's Books For Dummies highlights "The Part of Tens,"which includes the Ten Best Ways to Promote Your Story and MoreThan Ten Great Sources for Storylines. And the ever-helpful CheatSheet includes Tips for Editing your Children's Book Manuscript,Children's Book No-No's, Twelve Commandments for Writing YoungerChildren's Books, and Tips on Promotion.
From setting down that first word on paper to doing a successfulpublicity tour, Writing Children's Books For Dummiesgives you the confidence and the insiders' know-how to write andsell the story you've always wanted to write.