How To Write Children’s Books and Get Them Published – Part 2
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How To Write Children’s Books and Get Them Published – Part 2
In the first of my series, “How to write children’s books and get them published Part 1” I talked about getting in touch with the child inside of you. I started my series with the importance of finding the kid inside of you because I really believe that it is probably one of the most important aspects of writing children’s books.
After all how can anyone expect to learn how to write children’s books and get them published and then successfully promote a book once it is published, unless they can really communicate well with children at the child’s level, and have a real sense of what the child feels and to what thoughts, fears, hopes, dreams etc for which the child will respond.
If for some reason you have not had the opportunity to read “How to write children’s books and get them published Part 1” please click on the link and go back and read that article before you finish reading this one. I truly believe that it is the foundation to writing good children’s books.
One of the issues that I touched on toward the end of my first installment on how to write children’s books and get them published was the value of reading other people’s children’s books if you were having trouble getting in touch with the child inside of you. I now want to discuss this from a different perspective.
Before you ever try to write children’s books and get them published I personally believe that you should do some research first. Not just research from the perspective of what you may want to write, but also what may be the best genre of children’s books from a pure marketing perspective.
After all, what good does it do you to learn how to write children’s books if you cannot get them published? Unless you are writing children’s books purely for the purpose of reading them to you children or grandchildren, then you should be concerned with how to get them published.
Certainly you will never be financially successful no matter how well you learn how to write children’s books IF you don’t get them published. I can guarantee that you will not be successful in getting them published unless they have marketability.
And understand when I talk about marketability I am meaning not only will they appeal to the children, but will the concept fly with an adult that controls the decision process as to whether your new children’s book will or will not be published?
In my first installment of “How to write children’s books and get them published Part 1” I talked about my beloved childhood teddy bear, Bobo, for which I have many fond memories and some really solid concepts and ideas that could easily develop into an excellent series about my dear childhood friend.
Conversely, if I think that I am going to write children’s books about Bobo and he will become the next Winnie the Pooh, then I had better not hold my breath. Oh, do not misunderstand me, I just might become the next A.A. Milne, but it is not likely.
On the other hand, as I shared in part 1 of this series, my beloved Bobo really helped me deal with the death of my grandmother and I very well could develop a niche of children’s books that would help kids deal with the loss of a loved one.
The question that should come to your mind, and for that matter mine before I would embark on my great writing quest in my efforts to successfully learn how to write children’s books and get them published, would be to question; is the market already saturated with this type of children’s book? Is there room or need for any additional books for children suffering with the loss of a loved one for me to develop a series in this particular book genre? Can I successfully market my books to get them published once I have written them? These are only a few of the questions that I should be asking if I am going to successfully learn how to write children’s books and get them published.
In the past 20 plus years our group has successfully helped many authors profitably promote a book or a series of books in countless areas of expertise and knowledge. Every one of these successful authors either had an already marketable book that they had written and now wanted to promote, and that was already in a “hot” area of interest by the public, or they had written a book that because of their extensive expertise in a particular field, were someone that we knew that we could be successful in helping to promote a book like they had written.
I will admit that some of these authors, because they were leaders in their field, had books, that once they were given the proper book PR (book public relations) were wildly in demand by the public. The reasons for these successes are varied and many, but most of them centered around the fact that the people themselves, once they had the proper PR (public relations) program developed to promote them as the author, made it very easy to promote a book that they had written. The value was in the individual and their particular expertise. They were the real drawing card and the book was simply the resultant product that was to be sold.
If you have never written a children’s book and you are just trying to figure out how to write children’s books and get them published, then unless you are a well know expert in some area of children development or children’s needs, problems etc, chances are you will need to be much more careful in your selection of the particular children’s book genre that you select before you start writing.
Ultimately, our success in helping ANY author is first in the promotion of the author through proper PR (public relations) efforts with the understanding that after we successfully promote the author and give them extensive public relations exposure, then our efforts to promote a book for that author become much easier.
Thus, once you have properly researched your children’s book genre, you should spend a considerable amount of time becoming an expert in the particular area that your children’s book genre covers. In my case, if my series of children’s books had to do with helping children deal with the grief of the loss of a loved one, then I had better do a considerable amount of research about that very subject.
These are just a few of a whole host of question and concepts that I think that you should ask yourself before you actually write your first children’s book. Because of the critical importance of understanding these concepts if you are going to be a successful children’s books author (by successful in this case I mean make money), I plan to answer some of these basic questions along with a list of other steps that you need to take in “How to write children’s books and get them published Part 3” of my series.