You Can Write Children's Books (A Writer's Digest Book)
By Tracey E. Dils
Author Tracey E. Dils tells the reader what she needs to know to write and prepare a children's book for traditional publishing.
- Dispels the myth that writing children's books is easy.
- Gives good book targeting advice.
- Very easy to read and understand.
- Author does not go into plotting children's books as much as I would have liked.
- Does not go into the actual mechanics of writing a children's or young adult's chapter book.
Personal ThoughtsYou Can Write Children's Books is a great book for people who are just gaining an interest in writing and publishing a children's book. It is very easy to understand and the writing style is very friendly.
I was disappointed that there were only small mentions of plotting different children's books since I am a plotting nut.
On the positive side, I did get some great ideas in children's publishing and finished this book with several new ideas for children's books that I added to my work list. I particularly enjoyed the section on writing nonfiction for children.
I recommend this book to anyone who is thinking of writing and publishing a children's book with a traditional publisher. It is not written for Kindle writers, but most of the book can be used by self publishers. Chapters 7 through 9 are about traditional publishing, writing queries and proposals, and formatting a manuscript.