How To Publish Children's Books
Children's books nowadays are becoming a huge hit, so here are some very useful tips if you are also aspiring to write a children's book.
In this video, we will talk about how to write children's books. There are lots of kinds of children's books. There are picture books that parents typically read to very young children.
There are books for beginning readers who perhaps read partly along with the parents. There are also books for the 8-12 group, the early teens, young adults, young adults also read a lot of crossover books, Harry Potter and the Twilight books being the most recent and the biggest examples. So, there are sometimes 2 editions of those books, one for young people and a cover for people who don't want to be seen reading young people's book if they are older, so these are all different categories, so you need to decide which of these you are targeting.
It's true, of course, that among children, you might have an 8-year-old who is reading at a 12-year-old level and a 12-year-old who is reading an 8-year-old level, but still, publishers use these categories, they are kind of broad indicators of the target audience. Decide on that first of all. Then, you need to know that audience, whichever age group you are appealing to, know what they are interested in, know how they talk to each other, know the technology they are using and so on and related to that is that you need to know what they are reading today and not to go too much by the classics.
For example, here we have got Charlotte's Web, which is a wonderful book, but it was written in 1952 and so the style of writing the kids will read these days has changed, they still read the classics, but I wouldn't base what I am writing now for children on the style of a book like this or a book that goes even further back like some of the other classic children's novels. So, be aware of what they are reading today, things like here, we have The Terrible Tudors, several things you want to watch out for, you don't want to talk down to children. You don't want to patronize them, they will detect it and they will put the book away.
You also need to keep the plot moving forward quickly. Kids are used to fast-paced stories from television, from movies, and they expect it in their books. They also don't like a lot of description, typically.
They like lots of dialogue, they like tend to keep the stories moving well. Do appeal to the senses so you are writing about things with their imagination, see, hear, feel, taste because that makes it come alive. One crucial point with children's book that people often get wrong, you are not supposed to find the illustrator, the publisher will do that, so that is kind of, although you have read the whole thing, they will summarize that quickly for you, pick your target group, your age group, get to know what they are talking about, thinking about doing, and what they are reading.
Don't base your writing on old-fashioned styles that may be part of the classic books that you read and keep the story moving with lots of dialogues and don't send illustrations, and the last thing I will say is enjoy it, enjoy that visit back to your own childhood when you write for other children. .