I thought it would be easy to write a children’s book. I was using my adult mind. After scanning the internet for tips on how to write children’s books, I realized that just sitting down at my computer wasn’t enough.
- First I had to determine what age group I was trying to reach. Children’s vocabulary and interest span varies from five to eight years old, nine to twelve years old and thirteen to fifteen years old. I spent an afternoon in the bookstore’s children’s section analyzing what language each stage of children could understand, the type and amount of illustrations included, the length of the books, the topics of interest from one age group to another and how the children in the bookstore section interacted with their choices.
- Next I had to determine what genre I wanted to write about – adventure, fantasy, science fiction, personal experience, etc. and what were the requirements for the length of my book. There are parameters for each of these described on-line. I visited fantasy and science fiction book websites to see what topics other authors were writing about. Which books were winning the awards and why?
- I also studied the trends in graphics and illustration styles being used for each age group at the various children’s books websites.
- Since I was studying to be a teacher I used teachers resources as well to find out the books that were being used in school for different school age students.
- Then there is Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Borders websites that were excellent tools for presenting what books were most popular and why in the different age groups. At this point I decided to self publish on-line rather than go the printed route which was too time consuming, expensive and daunting. There is plenty of support for aspiring Kindle authors in the Kindle Book Publishing section of Amazon’s website.
- For marketing my eBook I made an investment in on-line services which teach you how to do this using Ezines, blogs, advertising and publishing strategies to bring people to your book to purchase. They also tell you how to price your Ebook, check how many people access your book description and monitor the promotional rankings. You can also design a website to bring traffic to purchase your book.
- Depending on where you want to sell your book, you will have to format the book to outlined specifications. Follow these carefully if you want your book to be easily read. I have seen books with weird symbols mixed into the text. There are services that do everything for a price or you can do it yourself. I was able to design a cover to be used with my description on Amazon using a website.
This is just a primer on how to proceed to write, publish and sell a children’s Ebook. I am sure there are many more resources on-line that you can find to give you the information you need. Allow the creativity to flow but always have the end reader you want in mind as you write.