How to Write Children's Books That Have The "Wow" Factor

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Seven Helpful Tips for Children's Book Authors by Allyson Ward Neal

Writing books for children has never been as easy as it is in the digital age. And, writing books that make children say, “wow” is even easier. Below are seven tips to impressing young readers:

1.    Hire a professional

There are professionals who specialize in editing manuscripts that are targeted for children’s audiences. They are trained in knowing how to write for young people to capture their attention and to create excitement surrounding a story. Conduct an internet search on how to find freelance writers who specialize in children’s literature.

2.    Purchase a book

There are many inexpensive books on the market about how to write children’s books. These helpful books can guide you through the process of fine-tuning your story. And, using books for tips on writing is an excellent way for a “do-it-yourself-er” to accomplish his or her goals.

3.    Find an OUTSTANDING illustrator

At young ages, children rely heavily on using pictures to tell the story for them. Even if they can read a few words or sentences, they still enjoy looking at the pictures. When searching for an illustrator, be sure to ask that person for references and work samples. Communicate with your illustrator to ensure that they understand your vision. And, start your collaboration with simple sketches first to make sure that your story is being told in pictures the way you envisioned it in words.

4.    Preview your book with children

When you have a few rough sketches to share, read your book to a few children in your family. Testing your book with children is great way to gain understanding about what is working with your book and what may need to be changed. If they seem impressed by the sketches and the overall tone of your story, then you’re headed in the right direction.

5.    Use books that you admire as a model

There may be some books that you admired as a child or books that you find impressive that you’ve purchased for your own children. Either choice is a good place to start when working on your book. Successful children’s books are often simple, have great illustrations and tell interesting stories. So, do a little research and use those great books as a model for your children’s book.

6.    Spread the word early

Once your illustrator has completed some of the full-color illustrations for your book, share a few with friends and family. If you’re into social media, post a few illustrations from your book to see how people respond. And, share it with some children in your family. If they respond positively, then you know you've got a winner!

7.    Promote, promote, promote

The most important part of writing a children’s book is making sure that children and their parents know about your book. After your book is finished, make sure that you tell everyone in your family, social media network and email list. You can share your book with children at you kids’ school, summer camp, playground and more. Remember, the most rewarding part of writing and completing your children’s book will be when a child picks up your book, opens it and says, “wow.”

Allyson Ward Neal is a professional communicator with 20 years of experience in the communications industry. She is the author of three children’s books. They are: “Ava the Angel,” “Ava Lillian’s Blessing,” and “Ava Lillian Goes to School”, available on Amazon.

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