Want to Publish A Children’s Book? Here’s How Pt 1
Over the past two years, many people have either significantly reduced their work hours, lost their job, or are looking for another source of income while still working full-time. One of the questions I am constantly asked is how do I write a children’s book?
The simple answer is, it’s easy. But it’s not. Wait, before you get frustrated and click from this article, let me explain. Writing a children’s book isn’t just putting a few words together on a page. It’s about conveying a message your readers will enjoy and can relate to. For me, that’s affirming the inner and outer beauty of young girls. For someone else, that may be teaching kids about American history, or a story about a boy and his dog. In any case, you should know what story you want to tell.
A common misconception is that children’s books DO NOT need editors. In some cases that may be true. For example, if you’re doing an alphabet book with simple wording like A is for Alligator, then no, you do not necessarily need an editor. If the children’s book is slightly more complicated, as in telling a story about your pet alligator, then yes, you may want to hire an editor, or at the very least, have others look at your story from a fresh perspective.
Most people who decide to write a children’s book feel that it is necessary to describe every single detail. That works for adult novels, but if you’re writing a children’s book that contains illustrations, you want to allow the illustration to tell part of the story as well. Here’s an example:
Illustration: An image of Marcus hiding under the bed with his dog and with a scared look on his face.
Proper wording: Marcus was afraid. (An even better sample is Marcus' teeth chattered, but we'll get into that later.)
Improper wording: Marcus was afraid, so he hid under the bed with Cal, his dog. (This is unnecessary because the above illustration has already backed up that Marcus was afraid.)
This brings me to another point I’ll discuss in my next article on why it’s important to have an experienced illustrator. The illustrator not only has to have the talent to make eye-catching images, the illustrator also needs to properly convey the author’s words.
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Laurel Handfield, creator of Happy Island Press