It’s something you’ve always wanted to do.
Until real life and bills got in the way.
Writing. Not just any writing. Children’s book writing.
It’s not an easy path to take. However, it can be a rewarding one.
You’ve got the perfect idea for a children’s book, but going from idea to publishing that idea, can seem overwhelming.
Let’s look at the steps you can take to publish your children’s book so you can get it out on the shelves and into the hands and hearts of little ones.
1. Understand Your Audience
Seems simple enough, right? However, it is something you need to consider seriously. Are you writing for two-year-olds or 10-year-olds? The writing style is vastly different for these age groups.
Children’s fiction is split into four categories:
- Picture books – Under five years old
- Early readers – Five years old and over
- Chapter books – Six to nine years old
- Middle grade – Eight to twelve years old
Editors want to know if yours is the kind of book they can sell. If you haven’t taken the time to refine your writing according to the ages of the children you want to target, you may find it harder to get published.
2. Keep Editing Until It’s Perfect
Just like you, editors are busy people. They don’t always have much time to edit manuscripts. It’s your job to write and rewrite until it’s a work of art.
A quality final copy is especially crucial for picture books or early readers books, where the word count is lower. Keep at it until you can perfect it no more.
3. Find a Literary Agent
The role of the agent is to promote your book to a publisher and negotiate the best deal possible for you.
Finding a Children’s Book Agent is critical. Publishers rarely accept submissions from writers without agents.
4. Submit Your Manuscript Directly to the Publisher
If you choose not to go down the literary agent path, you do have the option of going direct to the publisher yourself. However, it would be best if you searched for publishers that accept unagented submissions. You can try an updated list for 2019 here.
5. Self Publish
Once you have your book printed, you can contact online bookstores such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble to sell your book for you.
Don’t forget the illustrations! Pictures help a children’s book come to life and make it more engaging.
Here at Creative Illustrations Studio, we are a team of illustrators with a passion for children’s books.
We believe understanding your vision is just as important as the creative and artistic aspects of our work.
We will work with you until you see your vision come to life on paper.
Don’t allow what may feel like an overwhelming process stop you.
Follow the steps listed here to help you publish your own children’s book.
Before you know it, you’ll see your book on the shelves in bookstores and online, waiting to be taken home or downloaded for little ones to enjoy.
Now you are ready to create your Children’s Book!
Contact us and we will start together this amazing route.
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