Excerpt from The Business of Writing for Children: An Award-Winning Author’s Tips on Writing Children’s Books and Publishing Them, or How to Write, Publish, and Promote a Book for Kids by Aaron Shepard. All at once, in the middle of the story, I “woke up” with a shock. For just a few seconds, I had … Read moreBeing Invisible
As a reader, no matter what I’m reading – a children’s book or a book for adults – I always enjoy the books that start right in the middle of the action. It’s exciting! It makes me keep reading to find out who the characters are and what is happening to them. Yet as a … Read moreWhere to Start
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. ~John Ruskin Love of the story and of the craft itself, together with the learned skill of writing can be a powerful commodity. One without the other can lead to poor results, which can then lead to misery, depression and, worse of all, hatred for what … Read moreLove and Skill
How to write for children and teens – Institute of Children’s Literature – it’s a long name but it pretty much says it all. I need to go back and look further into the website but from what I’ve seen there are some good writing tips (and not only for children’s writers, all writers will … Read moreInstitute of Children’s Literature
A problem some writers have, is freeing their mind of restraints. Writing is a time to try new things. Just because you wouldn’t go mountain climbing, or scuba driving, or jump from a plane doesn’t mean your character wouldn’t do these things. Just because you wouldn’t murder someone, it doesn’t mean you can’t write the … Read moreBreaking the Restraints
Now that I’m entering the editing phase for my current manuscript, I’ve been looking for some tips that will make life easier. Margot Finke’s Secrets of Writing for Children has some practical advise which I believe is a great start. Yes, some of it is quite basic but I think that’s the stuff we tend … Read moreSecrets of Writing for Children
I’ve had several people over the past two months ask me what a chapter book is, so I’m going to talk about that today. 🙂 A chapter book for children is the proper terminology for a children’s novel for the ages of 8 to 12. It’s usually between 25,000 and 40,000 words, yet the high … Read moreWhat is a Chapter Book?
Have you heard of the KISS technique? No, it doesn’t mean you go around giving everyone a big sloppy kiss in the hope of getting published. It means to keep your writing simple. KISS = Keep it simple stupid Some writers feel they have to use big, impressive words to be successful but, often, by … Read moreKeep It Simple (Stupid)