How to Write a Children’s Book: Get Started With These 5 Steps

Step #1: Find out HOW to get started
We have several workshops aimed especially at giving you an overview of the children’s book industry, including our Summer Camp In Writing Fiction for Children & Teens, which offers someone to guide you through the long process of publication and a place to work one-to-one on fine-tuning your words and mastering your pitches.

Step #2: Explore the world of children's books
The kidlit community is large, warm and welcoming. If you're going to write for children, you should get involved:

  • Join the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)
  • Befriend a children's librarian, or haunt a children's bookstore, and read, read, read. Find the books that you love, the stories that call to you.
  • Attend an SCBWI conference.
  • Follow your favorite authors, illustrators and publishers on social media. Follow us, too! @HighlightsFound on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Step #3: Work on the CRAFT of writing for children

Step #4: Study the BUSINESS of getting published

  • Follow some kidlit editors and agents on social media, to understand what they are looking for.
  • Learn how to write an impressive query letter.
  • Find out what the best submission practices are.
  • Study the publishers who publish books for children.

Step #5: Send your stories out into the world

  • Don't send your work to a publisher before it's ready–but don't wait forever, either.
  • Brace yourself for rejection–but keep writing, revising and submitting.
  • Don't forget to stay inspired and to keep the faith.

Ready? Go back to Step #1: Find out how to get started!

Posted on: December 12, 2018

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