Writing a Kids BookWrite a children's book
Five things: Find what an editor is looking for in a children's book submission
A lot of folks make the error of believing that writing for kids is simpler than writing for the grown-up. Indeed, it can actually be more challenging as a number of elements - ages, languages, appropriate contents and more - all need to be taken into account in a way that they would not be taken into account in grown-ups' workbooks.
While the submission requirements differ from publishers to publishers, there are a number of things you can do to ensure that your script sets itself apart. The sound history with a powerful ending will always attract the editors interest. Often the plot strands in the children's book entries run or diverge in the center of a narrative, or the end drops out.
Make things relatively easy - trying to do too much will make your action weaker. When your characters are fragile or under-developed, the storyline will not appeal to the readers and the action will stall. Looking for something different or out of the ordinary about your characters that distinguishes them from anything that has ever existed.
After all, never ever lose sight of the gold rule: kids should push the campaign forward. If you have a tale with grown-ups as protagonists and stranded kids, it will never attract the interest of a young readership. To know the modern children's book markets. See what's on the shelf, what's selling, what kids are doing.
It' not just about story and character: think about vocabulary, illustrations (if necessary), formats and cover art. That is where the issue of equal opportunities for older people comes into play: it is a much greater element in children's literature than in adults'iction. A novel with contents that are suited for 12 -year-olds and older to be submitted to an impress that will publish picture volumes for 6 to 8-year-olds will not help you any further.
Do not give a book to a book intended for 4 to 8-year-olds if the publishing house is accepting a book between the age of 3-5 and 6-10. That doesn't necessarily mean you have to create a whole new Harry Potter-style environment, it could be as easy as writing from a new angle, using a different linguistic approach or emphasizing topicality.
While it may seem easy, it is amazing how many writers are submitting a script without following the submission rules. It is a great sorrow for the editor when a good script arrives that is not in the correct imprint/age group and has been sent to several publishers.