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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:

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

  • Sign up for our signature workshop, Summer Camp at the Barn: A Week of Creative Mentorship. You’ll find keynotes, breakout sessions, camaraderie and a creative mentor to provide one-on-one support.
  • Read some of the wonderful books about writing for children. There's a great list here.
  • Join a critique group.
  • Learn how to revise! We offer several revision workshops each year.
  • Bring your manuscript to one of our workshops and get a hands-on session with one of our mentors. We offer workshops for all levels on many subjects.

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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