Writing Children’s Books For Dummies

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Everything aspiring authors need to write, publish, and sell a children's book

Everyone loves a children's book—and many dream about writing one. But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer—armed with a good story idea and a love of kids—to write, sell, publish, and promote a book? Yes, it is!

Clearly and concisely written with straightforward advice and a plethora of specific up-to-date recommendations, Writing Children's Books For Dummies provides step-by-step information on everything aspiring children's book authors need to know—from researching the current marketplace to developing story ideas, strengthening writing skills, dealing with editors, and submitting proposals and manuscripts to agents and publishers. Updated and improved writing exercisesAll new content on social media and establishing an online presence as an authorFresh, updated content on publishing via hard copy and all the e- platforms

From setting down that first word on paper to doing a successful publicity tour, Writing Children's Books For Dummies gives you the confidence and the insiders' know-how to write and sell the story you've always wanted to write.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (December 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118356462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118356463
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds

Customer Reviews

Excellent Place to Begin

41 people found this helpful.
 on February 3, 2013
By Elisa 20
“For Dummies” books are often excellent for an overview of their subject and this is no exception. It gives you a very good idea of the variety of things you will need to know and do if you want to complete a children’s book from idea through to publishing.

A must-have for aspiring writers!

16 people found this helpful.
 on January 22, 2013
By MOM of 3 boys
“Writing Children’s Books for Dummies” is all encompassing. It hits every aspect of creating a sell-able manuscript. It starts with the basics, but delves into everything. Not only was it a fabulous read, but I know I’ll use it as a reference whenever I get stuck.

An Absolute Must-Read for Anyone Writing a Children’s Book

16 people found this helpful.
 on January 17, 2013
By dklany
If you have ever had an inkling to write a children’s book, this guide is an absolute must-read.

The Dummies Do it Again!

4 people found this helpful.
 on May 15, 2014
By Mary
Knowing that the Dummies Book line contains reference material on just about every subject, I was happy to read through their version of Writing for Children’s Books as I began my project. From Chapter One onward, each page gave me valuable insights that constantly gave me new information to rethink my path. Without this book, I doubt I would have been able to finish my writing project in a timely manner. Each chapter delves into issues you most likely have never thought about! This book is invaluable and will serve as a resource for every writing project I tackle!


3 people found this helpful.
 on August 4, 2014
By M. M. D.
I bought (2) different books to help with the process and this one’s layout is better, in my opinion.

This has the basics & is an excellent place to start if you’ve ever considered writing for children….

One person found this helpful.
 on January 23, 2013
By oceanshaman
If you’ve read other “for DUMMIES” then you know what to expect. Symbols are used. Very simply written. Ideas always presented clearly and simply for the subject matter.

Great for Beginners

3 people found this helpful.
 on April 5, 2013
By Cynthia E. Downes
As someone exploring the idea of writing a children’s book, I found this book to very informational and helpful. First, it doesn’t assume that you know anything, which is what a beginner needs. It explains the various formats of children’s books including the requirements to write that particular format, the book market, how to generate ideas, how to do research, and follows that with specific writing techniques such as developing characters, constructing a plot, writing dialogue, setting the scene, and finding your voice. In the last chapters, it talks about nonfiction books in particular, how to edit your book, what to do about illustrations for a picture book, and finally, how to get published or self-publish.

Good for Beginners!

2 people found this helpful.
 on February 28, 2013
By Odessa
When a person decides they want to write, a book doesn’t just magically appear. It takes a lot of work, research, dedication, and ultimately a great imagination to portray a good story. And then there’s the concept of trying to capture your audience’s attention, not to mention how to even start the process of getting your novel published. Which makes Writing Children’s Books for Dummies a must have!

Read this amazing book before you write your own!

7 people found this helpful.
 on March 29, 2013
By Briger
I have been writing for over thirty years, but it was only when I read “Writing Children’s Books for Dummies” that I ventured into the children’s fiction market. This revised edition gives still more valuable, clear instructions on how to structure a strong product, while enjoying the creative process. The book is full of inspiring and entertaining step-by-step tips and advice about how to get your book from a little seed inside your head to the top of the children’s fiction book list. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering entering the children’s book market. This raises the bar and holds its own at the top.

A Genuinely Complete Overview – Essential Reading

2 people found this helpful.
 on May 22, 2013
By Home Studio
I’ve read quite a few books on the subject of children’s writing, and have to say this is the best I’ve seen to date. For anyone who thinks that writing a children’s book is going to be easier than writing a “real” book, this Dummies guide is going to come as a necessary wake up call. Not only do you need to bring all of the usual writing skills to bear, you also need to understand your target audience (little differences in age can make a big difference in perception) and the very special kinds of communication which children want and need.

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