Tips for Writing a Children's BookHints for writing a children's book
Advice on writing children's literature
Somebody recently asked me on Twitter if we had any tips for writing for kids. In this article I covered the whole way of writing for kids vs writing for grown-ups. There is a diary about writing rhymning storybooks. There is one about writing textbooks against writing applications.
Here are my tips: If you have a kid in your head, use it. You probably won't be good at posting for them if you don't know any kids (you don't have to be a teacher or parents, but both ways of dealing with kids help). I used to be a BRILLIANT when assessing the age of kids, but last night I thought a 14-month-old man was seven moths old.
When you have a preschooler, don't make that error. But I don't want to shower on your march, but be real about how much cash you're likely to make. There are, of course, those who win the big prize, but most don't. Don't pretend until you've really spelled something.
It'?s not a book. When you contact a publishing house or agents, please adhere to the submissions policy (here are ours), and don't be fooled by how long it might take for a publishing house or agents to return to you: your first obligation is to contact their current writers.
I' m asking other folks in the bureau what their tips were. As Tom says: "Have a clear vision of who you write for". Adian says: "Never speak to children". You will find many textbooks and web sites that provide useful tips. There are two known to me: Guide-to-Publishing Children's Block de Harold Underdown, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Children's Block.
Both the Writer's Handbook and The Children's Writer's And Artist's Yearbook are useful, although they have a rather British emphasis. When you write a children's book or remember to write one, good fortune! Have you got any tips you would like to tell us?