Writing a Child Book: Three Tips for Aspiring Authors

Is writing a child book a dream of yours If so, this article explores three important ideas that will get you off to a good start. Since the ultimate goal of any writer is to get their books into the hands of readers, in this case, children and their parents, following these tips will help you meet that goal.

1. Today's world is full of specialists and writing books for children is no different. Pick a niche and write to the children in this niche. You'll have far more success if you write with a target audience (read: specific age range) in mind, than writing for everyone. For instance, write sports related books for children or books that focus on historical sports figures. Writing such as this could easily turn into a children's book series.

2. When looking for a great idea for writing a children's book, look no further than your own childhood. Which subjects intrigued you as a child? What were you into? History, sports, astronomy, etc.

What problems did you have as a child that could provide creative solutions for children of today in story form? For instance, did you find a clever way to deal with a bully as a child? Did you have an interesting fantasy life that could be turned into a character in a child's book?


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3. Before you begin writing a child book, research the market. Find out what types of books are available on your topic of interest, so you know what the competition is. Make sure no one has already written about your subject, unless you can give it a unique and compelling twist.

While you're at it, find out which publishers might be interested in publishing your child book once it has been finished. Write a query letter to them before penning the manuscript to see if your concept interests them or if they are willing to give you direction. Who knows? You could end up with a contract for writing a child book before you've put a single word on the page.

Consider self publishing. It's amazing how easy this is to do with today's digital tools. To read about my recommendation for a good printer and an easy way to upload your manuscripts and illustrations to create a physical book, click on writing a child book and  publishing it as a printed book.

Although there are just three tips on writing a child book in this article, they are important points to consider before planning your book. A little bit of initial preparation can ensure the success of your book and build a readership for your next book.

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