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Writing Children's Books For Dummies [Format Kindle]

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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 But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armed with a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell, publish, and promote a book?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.

Quatrième de couverture

Learn to: Write great stories with memorable characters Pen a catchy query letter that sings Find an agent and use social media Your guide to writing, publishing, and promoting a children's book Written with straightforward advice and a plethora of up-to-date recommendations, including the scoop on writing e-books, Writing Children's Books For Dummies provides step-by-step information on everything aspiring children's book authors need to know. Topics include researching the current marketplace, developing great stories and characters, writing captivating plots with drama, intriguing editors and agents, submitting queries and manuscripts, and making the most of social media marketing. Children's books 101 — take an in-depth look at the many different formats of children's books (including e-books), as well as who actually buys children's books and why Enter the writing zone — get a jump on the writing process, discover how to set up your workspace, develop great story ideas, and build upon your great ideas with research The plot thickens — create a spellbinding story with a workable plot, characters to care about and root for, real dialogue, and a setting to transport your reader to the world you've created Put on your editor's cap — revise and edit your manuscript, decide whether to illustrate your story on your own, and discover where to look for helpful feedback on your work Get the word out — consider the pros and cons of working with literary agents versus contacting publishers yourself; get the scoop on book deals, contracts, and self-publishing; and conquer the publishing world with social media marketing Open the book and find: Explanations of children's book formats and genres Details on plot, character, and drama Trusted tips on writing believable dialogue Info on writing creative nonfiction children's books What you need to know about agents, publishers, self-publishing, and e-books The scoop on the illustration process How you can promote and publicize your book

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Place to Begin 4 février 2013
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"For Dummies" books are often excellent for an overview of their subject and this is no exception. It gives you a very good idea of the variety of things you will need to know and do if you want to complete a children's book from idea through to publishing.

There are 6 sections: (1) The Market--kinds of children's books and their audiences; (2) the Writing Process--getting ideas, getting organized; (3) Story, character, dialogue, setting - how to create them; (4) Editing, illustrating and formatting your manuscript; (5) Getting it published and marketing, inc. social media; (6)Lists of resources, storyilnes, recommended children's books. All of these are good for an overview when you're beginning; some of these are stronger than others to actually -depend- on them while you're "in progress".

The good:

Section 1--this is a good overview of the kinds of children's booka, genres and the markets. This would be especially good to read before beginning to write anything. However, if you are already in progress, it will also help. The thing I liked best about this section was the interviews with people in the business--the President of Penguin Books, a small press publisher, a book buyer for Daedalus, a best-selling author. There are good sections about reviewers, what librarians are looking for, what parents like and what kids want.

Section 2- getting yourself organized as a writer--finding time, a place, organizing your work and research, getting ideas and working through writer's block.

Section 3 - the actual story. For me, this is the most important part of the book because nothing else matters if you can't tell a story well. I think there's lots in here that would strengthen plot/characters/dialogue if one reads and follows it. It would be great, imo, to go through with a writer's group.

Section 4 - Editing and Formatting. How to submit something that looks professionally formatted. Also, proofreading and editing--don't skip them because small mistakes can mark you as an amateur. Consider paying for an editor (how to choose one). An important Warning about the artwork.

Section 5 - Getting Published and Marketing. This is pretty ambitious as books are written about each of these. I don't think there's enough here to -really- help you get an agent or publisher, but its a good place to START. And has some useful "warnings" about good v. bad agents so you are not duped. '

I thought the section on Self Publishing was the weakest part of the book--unfortunate, because that's probably the route most writers will wind up taking. I would read it but go elsewhere for the "how to". (My recommendation: Start with Amazon's Createspace, especially if you do everything yourself but the physical publishing.) They have virtually nothing here about CreateSpace which is really unfortunate, since it is easiest and most effective for many people. I would read more elsewhere for this (Aaron Shepard's "POD for Profit", for example.)

Likewise, the "publicity" section is both too general and has many things that you will probably never be doing. It doesn't hurt to read them, but to actually market your book, you'll need something more in-depth. In one of the featured interviews, they have "The Only Book Marketing Plan You'll Ever Need"--a tantalizing title from the co-author of one of THIS book's authors--who did "Dummies for Fiction".

However, less it sound too self serving, their book debuted on Amazon at #1 in its topic and has held it since. So the philosophy shared here (which I haven't tried yet, but will) could be very helpful. He lists 6 easy things that will help (web site, blog, Facebook and Twitter buttons on the website, link to website in every book, launch a book with "RIGHT NOW" to followers and blog about it, and put your book on sale at your website. (Again, CreateSpace makes it ridiculously easy to do this--but this book doesn't mention it, which imo is a flaw, albeit a small one.) Again, for Search Engine Optimization, once you read what it is here, you should go elsewhere to find some expertise on how to use it.

Section 6 - Ten Things - sources of new ideas, children's book awards. Just a small fyi section.

There's an index--always a good idea, but not every book on writing has one. So...another plus. Overall, this will help you through almost every stage--except, imo, if you're ready to publish or market your book. For that, I'd get a specialized book. Otherwise, this is definitely recommended.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must-have for aspiring writers! 23 janvier 2013
Par MOM of 3 boys - Publié sur
"Writing Children's Books for Dummies" is all encompassing. It hits every aspect of creating a sell-able manuscript. It starts with the basics, but delves into everything. Not only was it a fabulous read, but I know I'll use it as a reference whenever I get stuck.

When I was first starting out as an aspiring children's author, I read the first edition of this book years ago and loved it. I eagerly gobbled up this second version as well.The authors are clearly very knowledgeable in the field, and the expertise is evident in all the craft sections-- voice, POV, setting, characters, plotting, you name it. Having read the first edition (prior to being published) and now the second (newly published), I notice how I can read this book with different depth based on my own perspective. To me that says that the book is helpful for writers at all stages of their publication process, both as a newbie, and as a more seasoned writer.

I particularly like the physical layout of the book (the way it is organized, the way the sections are broken up, and how the authors make complicated concepts digestable). I also love the interviews with editors and authors that are placed throughout the book. The "Rejection" section is a must read for all aspiring authors, and it accurately describes how important it is to not give up. I also found the book promotion section helpful and realistic.

All in all, a great buy!

Sarah Lynn
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An Absolute Must-Read for Anyone Writing a Children's Book 17 janvier 2013
Par dklany - Publié sur
If you have ever had an inkling to write a children's book, this guide is an absolute must-read.

For years, I have been writing and shaping a children's book. I have the text, the title and even an illustrator, but really, who am I to write a children's book? What do I know about it? And more importantly, what do I know about getting a children's book published? After reading Rojany-Buccieri's book, I now have a solid understanding how to make my book better and more marketable. And just as important, I now have a significantly better understanding of the children's publishing industry. This book gives specific tools for writing, editing and shaping your book, and then it gives an entirely different set of tools for getting the book published and promoted.

Most importantly, I am now more inspired than ever to finish my children's book. I have a methodology to make my book the best that it can be, and just as importantly, how to make it successful in the publishing world. No question about it, this is a five-star book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Read this amazing book before you write your own! 29 mars 2013
Par Brianna Shepard - Publié sur
I have been writing for over thirty years, but it was only when I read "Writing Children's Books for Dummies" that I ventured into the children's fiction market. This revised edition gives still more valuable, clear instructions on how to structure a strong product, while enjoying the creative process. The book is full of inspiring and entertaining step-by-step tips and advice about how to get your book from a little seed inside your head to the top of the children's fiction book list. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering entering the children's book market. This raises the bar and holds its own at the top.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Perfect for Newbies and Veterans Alike! 6 octobre 2013
Par Robert Kent - Publié sur
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 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. These are the first books we read that were long and detailed and complex and dealt with subject matter that was much more intriguing (and potentially much more divisive) than most children's picture books.

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: sexual intercourse, foul language, drug use, extreme physical violence, and graphic abuse. 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:

If you haven't recently spent any time around children, why not head back to school? 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. I always ask myself, "Can I see it?" If I can't picture my protagonist in the story he's starring in, then I would pass. I have a very active imagination, so if I can't picture your world, what chance does a ten-year-old have?

I'd recommend Writing Children's Books For Dummies to anyone and I'm glad to have a copy on my shelf. Do yourself a favor, Esteemed Reader, and get your own copy. As always, I'll leave you with some of my favorite passages from Writing Children's Books For Dummies:

Although we wish the world of literary agents was all fluffy bunnies, sweetness, and light, we're here to tell you that it can sometimes be ugly. Although many children's book agents and agencies are completely reputable, ethical, and honest, there are some whose primary goal is to devise efficient and effective ways to separate you from your hard-earned cash.

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 unique, well written, absolutely worth-the-effort, gotcha! manuscript.

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).

Don't overuse the passive voice ("to be" verbs). If you want to keep your characters interesting, your plots active, and your writing strong, avoid overusing the passive voice.

According to the Association of American Publishers, children's and young adult e-book titles surged 475.1 percent from January 2011 to January 2012, to a total of $22.6 million. Long story short, if you've been thinking of self publishing your own e-book, we would say that you are at the right place at just the right time.
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