Writing a children’s book is entirely different from writing for adults. Perhaps some would think children’s books are simpler since it doesn’t require much complexity as much as you have to comply with grown-up novels. Although, the struggle here is how to keep the child entertained while in you immerse them in your story. Are you going to win them through illustrations or rhyming phrases? Or probably do it simultaneously?
To get you to the bottom of it, let’s learn the ultimate steps on how to write a children’s book.
1. What would be your children’s book format?
If you’re torn deciding which format you should publish, pick both— eBook and paperback. The innovation of today’s technology shows how eBooks are constantly growing in the market. They’re also cost-effective! Paperback or hardback copies are traditional but are still widely used.
2. Know that you’re writing for children, and not for adults
Being an expert writer for grown-up novels doesn’t qualify you automatically as a children’s writer. In fact, children are quite of the few challenging audiences you have to keep entertained with their small attention span. When you write for children’s book, you meet them where their mind’s capability can understand or perceive.
3. Nail down the category you’ll be writing
Each of this category is assigned to a specific age group which is designed according to their level of understanding. Pick one which you want to pitch on:
- Board books
- Picture books
- Trade books
- Chapter books
- Middle-grade chapter books
- Young Adult books
4. Know your audience
This rule is pretty much basic. Some techniques to fully know your audience is to spend time the age group you’re about to write for, talk to parents and teachers, and conduct a survey to women within the age group you’re targeting. It is important to write a content that will convince both parents and teachers that your book is a quality content their student or child should read.
5. Choose and establish your writing style.
Your writing style will still depend on the age-group you’re targeting. Some important aspects you need to consider in establishing your own voice is rhyme, the use of past or present tense, and the first or third person usage.
6. Don’t forget the vital children’s book factors!
The five widely used dynamics in a children’s book are the following: unforgettable characters, suspenseful action, realistic dialogue, storyline, and the instant recall factor. Don’t forget a catchy title that every child will live to remember.
7. Basic editing and illustrations are still a need
Kids basically follow or adapt whatever they read or see, so consulting an editor is still a necessity before publishing your book. Illustration-wise, it always has been a basic requirement. Considering how kids are visually fascinated by anything that looks attractive to their eyes, it’s a suitable way to keep them hooked with your story.
Tailor your own children’s book through this brief guide and let us know what you learned!