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Writing Children's Books For Dummies

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2006

    Midwest Book Review -- Mayra Calvani

    Writing Children¿s Books for Dummies is one of those complete, easy-to-use guides that should be on the shelf of any writer who is serious about writing and publishing children¿s books. Having read most of the reference books on this subject on the market today, I can say this is right there among the best and well worth its price. The structure of the book is clear and easy to handle, the language straight forward and to the point. No matter which aspect of children¿s writing or publishing you¿re interested in, you only have to look in the table of contents to find it. The authors use interviews and illustrations to present their ideas in a more engaging manner. They also utilize icons to stress important ideas or points. For example, special icons are used for ¿Tips¿ (expert advice), ¿Remember¿ (important information to store in your brain for later recall), ¿Warning¿ (avoiding mistakes), and ¿Ahead of the Pack¿ (new and innovative topic). At the end of the book there are five lined pages for note taking, quite practical for those readers who like to take notes as they read. Everything from formats and genres, understanding the market, setting up your workspace, coming up with ideas, researching, creating compelling characters, the mechanics of writing (conflict, climax, dialogue, setting, point of view, tone, theme, etc.) to editing and formatting, illustrating, finding agents and publishers, the publishing process and much, much more. You¿ll even find more than ten great sources for compelling storylines, as well as helpful tips on promoting your work. In short, all the information you¿ll need to succeed as a children¿s book author. Whether you choose to read from cover to cover or jump straight to the topic of your choice, Writing Children¿s Books for Dummies will prove to be an indispensable reference and amalgam of helpful information for your writing career, as well as a fecund source of ideas for articles. Highly recommended for both fiction and non-fiction writers, students of children¿s literature, and writing teachers.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2005

    THE BEST GUIDE OUT THERE--EVEN FOR PUBLISHED WRITERS

    I am a published fiction writer who has always wanted to do something in children's books. Unlike some other books on the subject, this book gave me all the tools necessary to write a good children's story. WRITING CHILDREN'S BOOKS FOR DUMMIES helped me put my ideas into one that was kid-friendly. I especially liked learning about all the different formats for children's books from board books to novels and all the in-between stuff. The step by step guidance on writing great characters was also good, especially how to make them speak like children do instead of mini-adults. They were good on creating an interesting plot and I liked the way they ran me through the editing process. Also most helpful was how to submit to agents and editors in a way to get their attention. In fact, this book had everything I needed. I think it's a wonderful addition to any aspiring writer's library and one that should be read from cover to cover. I enthusiastically recommend this book.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 24, 2009

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    Great Reference Book for All Authors of Children's Books

    As a first time author of a children's book I had many questions about the process. I felt fortunate when I found Writing Children's Books for Dummies by Lisa Rojany Buccieri and Peter Economy. They have put together a very thorough resource for anyone thinking of writing for children. Every question I had, their book furnished information to help.

    Since my book, Friends in the Meadow-Birds, is an introduction to bird watching for children, it was a challenge to create an interesting story line that would keep children's attention while presenting facts about the hobby. Writing Children's Books for Dummies has a chapter on just that, "Writing Creative Nonfiction and How-To Books". I found the whole book to be very helpful and this chapter especially.

    This book really does cover every question I could imagine asking and many more that I did not know to ask. In addition to the tear out reference sheet in the front, every chapter has icon reminders on the side of the page for important facts to remember; tips and warnings about important issues. It is a must have library reference book for any children's book author. My only regret is that I didn't find this book sooner.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    A Good Book for Starters

    This is a very helpful book there are a couple of things I don't agree with but overall it is pretty good and helpful. Recommended

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