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June 24, 2010

Become a Children’s Book Writer

If you have ever dreamed about writing children’s books or if you’ve already started, you it may be time you get some help writing books for children.

The thing is, writing children’s books is not as easy as some people think. Just because a child is young and innocent doesn’t mean you can throw together some pictures of animals doing silly things will turn you the big profit you’re hoping for.

You have plenty of options but if you’re not so sure how the industry really works and what the demands are of your audience (children AND publishers) then you’ve got to step back and learn more about how the industry works.

There are some hot industries right now in children’s books, but a few rules you need to keep in mind…

You shouldn’t talk down to kids. Don’t treat them like babies by underestimating their ability to understand.

Make sure you entertain as opposed to teach. If you entertain and there’s a lesson in the end, that works. But trying to entertain should be the number one goal.

Don’t use talking animals. That’s what the amateurs do (yeah, the ones who never get published). Winnie the Pooh and Peter Rabbit are classics. Johnny the chipmunk is not.

It is very possible to become a published author of children’s books. And if you have a knack for writing and you’re willing to work hard to perfect your skills and understand the techniques, you can be successful.

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