are some of the questions that Iím often asked.
I have always wanted to write a childrenís book.
How do I get started?
1. The most important thing
you can do is join SCBWI (scbwi.org) Society of Childrenís Book Writers and
Illustrators. Learn everything you
can from their website, especially correct manuscript format.
Go to SCBWI conferences and workshops.
Make contacts in your area and join a critique group with other
childrenís writers, to get honest feedback on your work.
Family members and friends do not give honest feedback, (except for my
wife, who gives feedback that is way too honest.) Also,
before you submit, check out the Chidrenís Writers and Illustratorsí
Market, to find out whether your manuscript fits the guidelines for the
publisher youíre submitting to.
books that I have found helpful on my journey as a writer:
by Julia Cameron
Down the Bones,
by Natalie Goldberg
by Eric Maisel
a Bunny Eat Bunny World
Guide to Writing Childrenís Books
Read as many childrenís books as you can.
Immerse yourself. Be
familiar with the market, past and present.
Write a little each day. Writing
in the morning helps me get my day off on the write foot.
If you only have 15 minutes a day to write, youíd be surprised how much
you can get done in 15 focused minutes.
How long did it take to write The Monster Who Ate My Peas?
A: It took about 4 or 5 months, off and on. Then after it was accepted by the publisher, I spent many more weeks, here and there, on revisions.
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