Learn to write your own children's book with How To Write A Children's Fiction Book!
Is one of your dreams to write for children? Or, maybe you've already started, but are finding it more difficult than you thought.
When you think of writing for children, what do you think of?
Do you want to enlighten a child? Do you want to scare a child? Do you want to provide a child with a life lesson? Do you want to make a child laugh? Do you want to bring the child through a suspenseful mystery or bring the child on a fantastic journey, broadening his imagination?
Are you thinking of writing a picture book? Or, maybe you'd like to write a chapter, middle grade, or young adult book.
Whatever children's genre you're interested in, How To Write A Children's Fiction Book will show you how to actually write for children. Section titles include: Grabbing Your Reader's Attention; Building Your Character and Dialogue; Story Fundamentals and Strengthening the Middle; and Creating a Sound Ending. The first section includes children's books genre differences and how to find story ideas.
This book also includes tips on revisions and editing, finding a publisher (if you're going the traditional route), and book marketing tips.
And, there are lots and lots of examples and resources. Along with this, each section has a DIY assignment to help you get started and bring your story to life.
Being a writer, like being any kind of artist who creates something from nothing, is an amazing ability. It's almost like magic. And, you are in control. You decide what to create. The only limit you have is the cap on your imagination.
This 220+ page book by award-winning children's author and children's ghostwriter Karen Cioffi is actually a 'course in a book'. It gives you all the basics of writing fiction for children, finding a publisher or agent, and marketing books. And, each section has a DIY assignment.
How To Write A Children's Fiction Book discusses everything related to writing fiction for children. It's a detailed 'writing, publishing, and book marketing' map from Point A to Point Z.
Along with her own published books, Karen Cioffi has over 200 ghostwriting clients world-wide, which include parents, teachers, therapists, and child psychologists. She also has return clients and series clients. She can show you how to write your story right.
Karen Cioffi is an award-winning children's author and working children's ghostwriter with clients all over the world. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of Writers on the Move as well as a former staff writer for two online children's reading comprehension sites. In addition, Karen is an author online platform instructor with WOW! Women on Writing.
Section One: Choosing Your Target Audience
Introduction to Writing Children's Fiction
Choosing Your Target Audience
Writing Children's Books: Genre Differences
Writing Children's Books: Genres Within Genres
Finding Children's Story Ideas
Writing for Young Children: Ten Basic Rules
Critiques are Essential
Writing Conferences, Workshops, Books, Magazines, and Articles
Section Two: Grabbing Your Reader's Attention
The Story Beginning Basics
Story Beginning Examples
Creating a Story: Two Different Formulas
Rewriting a Folktale
Section Three: Building Your Character and Dialogue
Action / Reactions
Description - Imagery
Creating a Three-Dimensional Character
Showing vs. Telling
Writing for Children - Finding Age Appropriate Words
Section Four: Story Fundamentals and Strengthening the Middle
Introduction: Writing a Story
Strengthening the Middle
Looking at Examples
Upping the Stakes Ups the Tension / Antagonist / Subplots
Balance in Writing: The Major Elements
What Makes a Good Story: Plot Driven or Character Driven?
Theme and Your Story
Section Five: Bringing it Home - A Sound Ending
Finding the Ending
Being a Writer: Learn the Craft of Writing
Writing Goals, Detours, and Opportunity Costs
Section Six: How to Revise and Edit, Research and Find a Publisher
Introduction to Lesson Six
Revisions and Editing
Ten Tips Checklist for Self-editing
Final Stages of Self-editing
Five Writing Exercises
A Guide to Hiring a Freelance Editor
The Manuscript's Finishing Touches
Researching Publishers and Submissions
A Bit About Self-Publishing: Before You Self-Publish
Aim for Writing Success and Persevere
Lesson Six Resources
Section Seven: From Contract to Editor to Sales
From Contract to Working with the Editor to Sales to a Writing Career
Create Visibility Before Getting Published
Book Marketing: Visibility and Platform Basics
8 Essential Steps to an Effective Website
Section Eight: Lots of Writing and Marketing Bonus Resources
Helpful Online Sites
Writing Article Links
Books and eBooks for Writing and Marketing
The End and a Bonus Article: Picture Book or Children's Magazine Article?
Quotes on Writing, Life, and Success