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Writing Children's Books for Dummies

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Everything aspiring authors need to write, publish, and sell a children's bookEveryone loves a children's book--and many dream about writing one. But is it actually possible for an unpublished writer--armed with a good story idea and a love of kids--to write, sell, publish, and promote a book? Yes, it is!

Clearly and concisely written with straightforward advice and a pleth
ebook, 384 pages
Published November 30th 2012 by For Dummies (first published 2005)
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Ms. Yingling
Feb 23, 2013 Ms. Yingling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The only thing wrong with books in this series is that they should really be call "The Definitive Guide to..." The "dummies" designation is needlessly self-deprecating for books that offer huge amounts of invaluable information. The recently updated version of this book is no exception.

It would be helpful if every aspiring children's author read this book. Part I is devoted to understanding children's literature and the market for it. I especially liked that this outlined not only what kind of b
David Roberts
Oct 04, 2013 David Roberts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book I read to research this post was Writing Children's Books For Dummies by Lisa Rojany Buccieri et al which is a very good book which I bought from Kindle. I personally don't think I would ever write a children's book and if I wrote a book it would be non fiction and probably computing although this book is very interesting nonetheless. One rule in children's fiction is the baddies can't inflict any harm on the hero. The hero is usually a regular boy or girl who does extraordinary things. ...more
Lance Greenfield
Dec 28, 2015 Lance Greenfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yet another great "... for Dummies" book.

If it wasn't for the fact that I have so many other things to do, I'd sit right down and write myself a children's book. I have plenty of ideas. Maybe sometime soon.
Robert Kent
The book is wonderfully organized and indexed. I've been a big fan of the For Dummies books for years and I've got six of them already in my home on topics I've been interested in. Among my favorites are English Grammar For Dummies (not that you'd know it if you read this blog) and Conspiracy Theories and Secret Societies For Dummies, both equally useful in their own ways. I've even taken a shot at editing them as Wiley Publishing has a hub I pass every morning on my way to my day job.

If you've
Aug 09, 2015 Jena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I don't typically read "Dummies" books for writing advice. However, I'd heard such good reviews of this book that I was willing to give it a shot and see if there was any additional information I could glean from it in regards to writing picture books. Unfortunately, this is not the book to do that with.

This book is a general look at the entire world of Children's books. And while I was able to find a few new nuggets of information (mostly at the end about the publishing or post-publishing proce
Mar 27, 2015 Rebekah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Clear and interesting. Understandable. Practical. A lot good stuff to think about and try out.

The authors had what they called a "character bible” which is a list of questions about the physical, circumstantial, mental, and emotion characteristics of a character. I tried it out on some of my already developed characters and was pleasantly surprised how individual their answers were. Then I tried it on the main character of a new story I'm starting, and I watched her fill out into three dimension
Titi Meche
Jan 18, 2015 Titi Meche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is a super read. So much information. It is incredible. A must read for anyone wanting to be a writer or a refresh writing course.
Loved it!
Kirsti Call
Mar 07, 2011 Kirsti Call rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book focuses more on writing itself than the mechanics of publishing, although publishing is covered. I really like the interviews of successful children's book writers that pepper the book.
Elaine Phillips
Apr 22, 2012 Elaine Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone writing a children book. Very informative and helpful about promoting and writing techniques! A must buy for new writers!
Raven Engelking
Sep 16, 2011 Raven Engelking rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book a big help in making sure what it takes to write and publish a childrens book.

I plan on buying this book...
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  • Plot Whisperer Workbook: Step-By-Step Exercises to Help You Create Compelling Stories
  • The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing a Novel
  • The Weekend Novelist
  • English Grammar For Dummies
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  • Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell about It)
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Lisa Rojany Buccieri is a professional book editor and publishing executive with over 20 years' experience in the industry. Lisa has also written over 100 children's books and ghostwritten nearly as many. She has hundreds of satisfied clients with published books who recommend her wholeheartedly (see link at right).

As well, she has co-written two bestselling grown-up books: WRITING CHILDREN'S BOOK
More about Lisa Rojany Buccieri...

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