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As if kids are simpletons. As if kidlit publishers will buy any drivel. We know this is not true. Kids are smart, and picky about what they read. So I decided to write a book.
I wrote my first fractured fairy tale at age 8, and boasted that a publisher would snatch it up soon.
Fast forward 30 years. I now have one picture book in print and four more on the way. Grandma and Grandpa would be proud and would find my book on the store shelves. Here are my six top tips. Write about a subject that excites kids—robots, ballerinas, dump trucks, aliens, princesses, super heroes, and so on.
Imagine your cover on bookstore shelves. Stay away from overdone topics like getting a pet, having a new baby in the family, moving to a new home, or meeting the tooth fairy. Break in with something unique.
Be aware of page breaks. Most picture books have 32 pages, but not all pages are for story; some are used for end papers, the title page and copyright details. Typically, there are 24 pages for story, which works out to twelve double-page spreads.
Take advantage of page turns — make them surprising and fun. It helps to plug your story into a dummy when revising. Does your story fit the format? Rhyme only if you can rhyme well. Editors see a lot of bad rhyme, mostly in the form of common rhyme, forced rhyme, and inconsistent meter.
Keep it under words. Sometimes even fewer words are preferred.Today, my focus is narrower: helping you avoid some common mistakes in writing for children. Buttinskys Let’s say that you are writing a picture book about a feisty mouse – she’s in kindergarten or maybe first grade, and she’s beyond excited to show off her new purple plastic purse to her classmates.
I'm trying to write a book. But the problem is, I can't think of any good ideas to write about. I don't like vampires or Twilight or anything, and I would like it not to have any bad messages in it. Like kid-friendly and teen-friendly. Good for kids all ages.
Thanks. Jan 25, · You’re driven to write a children’s book, but you’re not sure what to write about.. No problem, let’s figure it out. But first, it’s best to start with a few things you *shouldn’t* write about: * Subjects that have been beaten to death. Writing is a great way to improve a child’s writing skills, and using these 25 good writing topics should get them off to an excellent start.
25 Good Writing Topics for Kids Below is a listing of good topics to write about that kids should love and enjoy. Writing is a fun way to pass the time for both adults and children alike. But finding just the right writing topics that will make a kid’s creative juices flow can pose a challenge to parents and teachers.
Having a book published probably won’t change your life, but being committed to writing and children can change your life and the life of your readers.
May you write work you love. Good luck!