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Some Keys to Success for Children’s Authors – Guest Post…

June 17, 2016

Thank you for featuring my article Chris. Hope everyone enjoys it.

Chris The Story Reading Ape's Blog

Let’s imagine you’d like to write for children. What are some of the things you need to know?

Read lots of children’s books:

This will allow you to decide not only what you like, but also your target audience.

Would you like to create picture books for preschoolers or early readers?

How about middle grade readers (between 8-12)?

You may also like picture books, or chapter books.

If you choose chapter books you may write for six to 10 year olds, or seven to twelve year-olds, for example.

Be sure to study criteria for each group:

If you write a middle grade novel with 50,000 words, it’s likely to be rejected by a traditional publisher.

Even if you self-publish, it would be hard to hold the interest of your audience with such a long book.

What if you want to write a picture book? About 500 words would be ideal.

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