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Writing Children's Books For Dummies [Format Kindle]

Lisa Rojany Buccieri , Peter Economy

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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 But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armed with a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell, publish, and promote a book?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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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 387 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1118356462
  • Editeur : For Dummies; Édition : 2 (30 novembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00AJ406FQ
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent Place to Begin 4 février 2013
Par Elisa 20 - Publié sur Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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"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 Amazon.com
Format:Broché
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 Fantastic Overview of Children's Publishing Field 31 janvier 2013
Par Loralee Petersen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is the second edition of Writing Children's Books for Dummies. The format is consistent with other "Dummies" books. It begins with an overview table of contents followed by a more detailed table of contents. Then the book leads readers through the world of children's books - formats (board books, picture books, easy readers, etc.) genres and markets. From there the book touches on all aspects of writing from setting up your work space to finishing that final draft. And then it's on to publishing and promotion. The book finishes with the "Part of Tens" that readers of other "Dummies" books will recognize.

The Part of Tens includes two chapters - "More than Ten Great Sources for Storylines" and "Ten Recognitions Children's Authors Dream of Receiving."

As with most "Dummies" books, Writing Children's Books for Dummies gives a good, thorough overview of the subject and is a good place for aspiring writers to start. Answer to many common questions will be at their fingertips. Of course, writers will need to take a more in-depth look at certain subjects, such as developing characters or researching subjects, at some point. But this book is a great place to start, a good road map of the path to publication and a reference that writers will likely turn to time and time again.
3 internautes sur 3 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great for Beginners 5 avril 2013
Par Cynthia E. Downes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As someone exploring the idea of writing a children's book, I found this book to very informational and helpful. First, it doesn't assume that you know anything, which is what a beginner needs. It explains the various formats of children's books including the requirements to write that particular format, the book market, how to generate ideas, how to do research, and follows that with specific writing techniques such as developing characters, constructing a plot, writing dialogue, setting the scene, and finding your voice. In the last chapters, it talks about nonfiction books in particular, how to edit your book, what to do about illustrations for a picture book, and finally, how to get published or self-publish.

The ideas in this book are so helpful and easy to understand, I use them in a creative writing class that I teach. If you're looking for a simple-to-use guide that will get you started in writing children's book, I think you will find this one very helpful. Another recommendation is Anatomy of Nonfiction
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