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Writing a Children’s Book: A Short Guide for Aspiring Authors
Many of us are good at writing. But if you think it is easy, you need to think again. Writing is perhaps one of the most overwhelming and tiring tasks, and only some of many have what it takes to make it to the top shelf.
There are many genres of literature that writers focus on. It may be a mystery or a fantasy, but it is important to keep the age group of the readers in mind when producing a literary masterpiece. Writing for young adults may be difficult, but when it comes to writing a storybook for kids, there are multiple aspects to remember, beginning with age, moving to the pictures, and more.
So if you are a writer, working on your idea to produce a great story for kids, this post is for you. We will discuss every important aspect of writing an interesting children’s books and even become the next bestselling author for kids.
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So without further ado, let’s discuss seven important aspects of writing a great children’s book.
Come up with a great idea, to begin with
When it comes to writing fiction, there is no rule of thumb or a secret recipe of success, a writer must follow to create a masterpiece. However, there are two things one must remember when beginning with the story: The readers and their parents!
While it is the young minds that read the book with utmost interest, it is their parents who approve their books they read. So children are the ones you keep in mind while writing, but you must have a great story, to begin with.
Remember that the best ideas for children’s stories are inspiring and motivating for the kids. Think about the books that you read as a kid. If there is no idea that strikes your mind, then simply begin with reading your favorite storybook, and maybe it can strike some imagination and inspiration for you to begin with your story.
Understand the market
Determining your target audience is the one thing that you must do before beginning with your book. Children’s books range from board books and picture books to adult novels. Therefore it is important to begin with, your research before writing.
Understanding the age factor of the readers can enable you to write according to the market so your book can sell.
Develop your voice
A distinct voice can set you apart from all the writers in the market. Your voice as an author is what speaks to the readers. It may take a little time to find your voice, but don’t fret! Just like Roald Dahl and Dr. Sues, nobody in the market has your voice.
To develop a voice, you need only to practice with patience and dedication. You may not be successful in the first attempt, but no one truly knows the future. Just take the example of J.K. Rowling. She didn’t succeed in her first attempt but was determined enough to get one of the famous series of books of Harry Potter published, and she succeeded!
Create a memorable character
Think about some of the iconic characters you read as a kid. Perhaps Matilda or Harry Potter may jog your memory. Here are some characters that are memorable for every child. How did the authors make such iconic characters for their stories?
Well, according to Jenny Brown, children always read stories about children who are experiencing life that mirrors their own life. Now harry potter may be a wizard, but he also faced some struggles in his school.
Tell a kid-engaging story
Now it is time to put together all that you’ve learned! Here are some tips to get you going:
- Write something that you think is right, but make sure that it resonates with the audience.
- Explore the themes you’ve chosen to write on
- Don’t only prioritize entertaining kids, try to slip a cultural reference, or perhaps a pun in the story for adults too.
- Gather inspiration from other books in the related genre
Get an illustrator
Though your language may be able to paint a picture without a brush, getting a professional illustrator for your story may be an option you don’t want to skip. If you are going for traditional publishing companies, the chances are that they may appoint an illustrator for your story, but if you are thinking about self-publishing, you may need a professional to get it done right. Being a writer, it is best that you focus mainly on being one. It can help you in getting your book published in no time.
Edit, edit, and edit
Last but not least, make sure to edit your book as much as possible. Be brutal and cut down the words to the minimal. Once you are done editing your manuscript, give them to others, perhaps a friend or your family members, to get an idea about your group.
If you are still in doubt, hire a pro to get it done. You can simply hire a ghostwriter or an editor who can do it for you.
Once all is done, and you are happy about the results—the story and illustrations, it is time to get the book published. Here you can contact the publishers or opt for the self-publishing option. However, if self-publishing is your final resolution, you must make sure to market your book to get the attention of your audience.
Author Bio: Susan Penson is a great writer, passionate illustrator, and highly appreciated for her work at Eden-Bancrofts. She works on her children’s books and makes sure that the little minds are able to receive her message through the stories. She is a graduate in design from the University of Georgia. She also loves to cook and read fiction.