Writing Children's Books For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Nov 30, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 384 pages
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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 But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armed with a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell, publish, and promote a book?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.


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Table ofContents
Exploring theBasicsof Writing
Theme Characters
Understanding Childrens Book
Recognizing What Reviewers Offer
Taking aLookatTeachers Considering Parents Perspectives
Immersing Yourself in theWriting Process
Coming Up with
Getting Your
Getting Helpfrom
business AttendingConferences orRetreats Exploring the conference
Finding the right group
Defining the Perfect Agent and
Sizingup the standard termsandconditionsDistinguishingbetween exclusiveand byproject
Surveyingthe twotypesof publishing agreements

Getting to Know Your Characters
CharacterDonts and Howto Avoid Them Steerclearof stereotypes Showyour characterin
The Plot Thickens Conflict Climax
Creating a step sheet
Preventing Plot Problems
Setting the Scene
Immersing Yourself inthe Writing Process PartIII CreatingaSpellbinding
KnowingWhen toInclude Scenery and Context Whenplace figures
Building a Solid Pointof View
Having Fun with Words through
Using Humor to Your Advantage
Pacing anddrama
Recognizing thePower ofa Good Edit
the contract
So You Wantto SelfPublish? The Good and BadNewsabout Self
The print route
Getting Published
The digital route
Focusingonthedigital components
Hiring a Publicist
The Part ofTens
Mythology and Mythological Heroes
Friendship andSocial Issues Growing Pains Emotional
Ten Recognitions Childrens Authors

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About the author (2012)

Lisa Rojany Buccieri has written and ghostwritten more than 100 children's and grown-up's books, both fiction and nonfiction, including board books, picture books, and young adult series. Peter Economy is a bestselling author, coauthor, and ghostwriter of more than 55 books, including several For Dummies titles.

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