Many an author has dreamed of creating their very own picture book. And why not? A children’s book is a joy to make. It is not only a great way to let loose your creative impulses, it also gives you a chance to bring happiness to kids everywhere. But if you truly want to make a truly noteworthy children’s book, you will need to know what you’re doing. Many an author has set out to create a children’s book, and are shocked that it’s not as easy as they thought.
Here are some great tips on how to write a children’s book:
- Let loose your inner child
Everyone has an inner child. And if you want to write a truly great children’s book, you will need to tap into it as much as possible. Your inner child is what will allow you to look at the world with a wide eyed sense of wonder and create great content. You inner child is your sense of fun and excitement. It is what will help you come up with a story that will create a rapport with children and keep them enthralled with every page.
- Make your illustrations as attractive and unique as possible
Aside from your writing, one important aspect of writing a children’s book are the illustrations. The illustrations are extremely important because they are an artistic way of communicating with your readers. Children are usually more receptive to visual stimulation. So if you truly want to get their attention, you should make sure that your illustrations are as attractive and unique as possible. If you are an artist, make sure that your illustrations are well thought out and well executed. And if you don’t have a background in the arts, then you should really think about hiring a competent illustrator. The truly skilled illustrator can cost you a tidy sum, but it will all be worth it, if it can help you reach out to readers.
- Make truly memorable characters
A good character can make or break your writing career. And this is especially true for children’s books because kids can get quite attached to well-made characters and would stay with them even when they reach adulthood. So if you want to make an impact with your target audience, it is important that you make truly memorable characters. Here are some great tips on how to make memorable characters.
- Make your characters as endearing as possible. Kids can pick up the traits of a good character just as well as any adult. So you should really make your characters as likable as possible. Give them traits that children would look up to and try to emulate.
- Make your characters a comforting presence. Life can be quite a mystery for small kids. Everything is new and there is a certain degree of fear in every child. So it stands to reason that you make your characters a comforting presence in your young reader’s lives. Make your characters strong, capable and lovable.
- Study and gain inspiration from current trends
It is always a good idea to study popular trends in the children’s book industry. This is because the trends show what’s popular and you can get cues on what type of children’s book you can write. This of course does not mean that you just blatantly copy other children’s books. What this means is that you study them and figure out what made them successful in the first place. What distinct trait do all of these popular children’s books share? Is it the writing? The characters? The artwork? Or all of these traits combined? By studying these examples of great children’s literature, you can create a masterpiece of your very own.
- Choose a publishing option that you can work with
Before you even think of publishing your children’s book, it is imperative that you choose a publishing option that you can work with. A good number of authors tend to leave this decision till it is too late. And once they do get started on the book publishing process, they find themselves totally unprepared. So before you even start the book writing process, you should decide on your publishing option.
Honestly speaking, there are two viable options for most authors. These are the self-publishing and traditional publishing options. And both options have advantages and disadvantages. Here is a short overview of both options that may come in handy.
- Traditional Publishing
Traditional publishing is the most widely used and oldest publishing option. And a majority of writers tend to use it because of its relative stability. Its main advantage is the fact that traditional publishing companies tend to be very well established and getting a publishing deal is like winning the lottery for most authors. The only setback with traditional publishing is that you will have to give up a majority of your book rights to the company. This will include giving up a portion of your royalties to the company.
Self-publishing is a relatively new option and was considered a risky venture a few decades ago. But because of new services such as the print on demand service, it is now a viable option. Should you choose self-publishing, you will have overall control of the publishing process. You won’t have to give up majority control of your work, and you won’t have to share any of your royalties. The only setback is you will be expected to pay for a majority of the publishing process. This is quite a challenge for most writers. Luckily though, there are some great self-publishing companies that offer great book publishing packages at a more affordable rate.
All in all, whatever option you choose you should expect there to be challenges along the way. So you should really weigh the pros and cons. Your choice can mean the difference between failure and success.
- Have fun with the process
Although there are a lot of challenges and mistakes that come with making a children’s book it will still be a fun and enriching experience. Just think of it this way. Not every author has the privilege to write a children’s book. Not everyone has the chance to enrich and entertain kids with their stories. So should you face trials and tribulations along the way, just remember how much of a privilege it is. Just remember to have fun with the process.