Becoming a Children's Book AuthorHow to become a children's author
Becoming an author for children
When you want to release a book for a child, you must first ask yourself why. Are you motivated to start publishing a children's book? If your children/grandchildren/pieces/nephews/neighbours/students loved a tale you wrote. I' m writing this to spare you a great deal of your own frustrations and work.
Often new authors believe they can make a novel in an hours or two, never rework it, but somehow end up with an agents and a publisher - as if the easy act of posting evokes it. Similarly, Random House does not mean that we are offering you a deal. It should be the motivating factor to create a children's book:
Writing is your thing. You' re a writer. But you can't NOT do it. You' re a kid who begs to come out and investigate. They are fond of children's books and want to add dignified tales to the family. They want to encourage kids to reading, writing, designing, imagining and dreaming. They want to work really harder to build a carreer as a children's book author.
Even if you become a well-known author, most folks won't recognise you by your name. Most authors of children's books need years to get their first book. The sale of a book is no guaranty for further booksellers. The sale of any following book can become more complicated, especially if one (or more) of your books are not sold as well as you would expect from the publishing house.
Childrens books is a BUSINESS. When you write a children's book on a whim, you may end up being very frustrated when you realise how hard it really is. Do it because you like it. Like you can't go on living without it. After all, kids earn nothing less than YOUR VERY BEST WORK.
Deserve a diploma in English and/or copywriting. Browse thousands of textbooks in your favorite children's literature genres (picture-book, non-fiction, mid-level novel, graphics novel, YA). I' m going to need you to write. I' m going to need you to write. Do some more than that. Become part of a review group that' s unique to the category in which you want to work. Authors of yaa don't necessarily know much about textbooks and the other way around.
Visit audioconferences, book shows and other literature shows. Write yourself some penfriends. Invest in some of the best publications, journals and service providers such as Publisher's Marketplace (which shows which titles are sold, which agencies sell them and to whom), The Horn Book, Publisher's Weekly and The Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market Guide.
At least two years of written communication, try to submit it. When only denials come back, try another small subset, rework it or type something else. Continue with your storytelling. Great on-line resource for prospective children's authors: