Book It!

                    Follow the Map to Become an Author!

START HERE: How to Become an Author of Children’s Books

1st STEP: Become a Member of Writing Children’s Books Club

2nd STEP: Establish Clear Goals

  • Learn the Craft
  • Love for Books
  • Joy of Thrilling Kids
  • Job I love

3rd STEP: Learning the Craft

  • Nuts & Bolts
  • Deciding Your Writing Style
  • Finding Illustrators
  • Dealing with Editors
  • Copyrighting
  • How to Get Published

YOU HAVE ARRIVED AT YOUR DESTINATION! GET READY to BOOK IT!

Writing children’s books is not easy even though children’s books contain less words or simpler words than adult books.  I discovered books at the age of 4 and fell in love.  As I continued reading through my childhood and into my teens, I knew that I wanted to write children’s books one day.  I wanted children to love reading as much as I did.

I came across a club for anyone wanting to become an author of children’s books.  I have been a member since May 2013.  The club meets once a week and conducted by someone who teaches us the steps in writing, editing, and publishing.  We develop our creativity by drawing a few pictures then we start structuring a storyline.  It is important to create a plot. Sort of like an outline.  Then we proceed to deciding the style of our writing-begin the actual writing of the dialogue.We map the characters, procure the setting, set up the relationships in the story and find our viewpoint.  We pay close attention to what tense we are using ( I have problems with straying from the present to the past).

Writing a children’s book involves making many decisions.  What is my view?  Is the book going to be fiction, fantasy, science fiction, drama? We need to decide what age group we are writing for. What is the tone?  Once we have all of these things mapped out, then we can begin our first draft.  We have a whole session on what type of mistakes to avoid that will make the editors happy.    We learn how to copyright our stories and how to look for the right publishing company.

It is a complicated process but if you love what you are doing and you are determined that one day, children will be reading your books and finding joy in doing so, then this process is worth it.  I am lucky I am a member of this club.  I have learned so much and I am grateful that I have this opportunity.  GET READY, GET SET, BOOK IT!

 

 

 

 

2 Responses to Book It!

  • Jess Smith says:

    That is so cool, I never knew something like this existed. You can really see your passion for the hobby and it is very unique. Thanks for sharing.

  • richardcolby says:

    There is good information here, both in the basics of writing children’s books and the overall fact that there are groups out there to learn from. I would have liked the group named or even how you found them (notice in Jess’s mountain bike entry, she gave the name of the group and where she found them). Other ways you might have made this better would have been to have some specific examples of how one might change what they are writing for different age groups, as specific evidence for just how complex the process is (your initial claim). These are all nitpicky details. You cover the purpose of the assignment with clear organization and evidence. Thank you for sharing this.

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