How To Make Money Writing Children's Books (13 Steps)

The following is a list of thirteen steps on how to make money writing children's books.

  1. Consider children's interests and trending children's books. Then ask yourself why children would want to interact with these books?
  2. Choose a specific topic, storyline, or character, and consider how to present it from a child's perspective.
  3. Research. Visit a library or bookstore to find similar books to the topic you intend to write about. Consider how they effectively presented the material and how you can do better. Consider potential publishers. Find the author's name and contact information for books comparable to the one you intend to write. Contact the editors and inquire about their editorial positions.
  4. Follow the publisher's editorial guidelines regarding subject matter, formatting of the manuscript, etc. For example, do not submit a single-spaced document if the publisher requests a manuscript with double spacing and one-inch margins.
  5. Create a story. Consider the age of the children you wish to read the story and compose it as if you were conversing with them. Utilize standard terms and descriptions they can comprehend.
  6. You may only submit artwork if you have artistic training. You may indicate the artwork and its placement within the manuscript. You can submit artwork alongside the manuscript if you know an illustrator who will work on your book. If not, the publisher will provide an illustrator upon acceptance of the book.
  7. Submit your manuscript to an organization such as the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, a local writer's club, or even a local college English class or childcare facility. Members of a society or club can review your book to help you revise it. The instructor can read the book to his students to determine their level of interest. Consider making changes.
  8. To locate possible additional editors, obtain a copy of the Latest Children's Market Writers and Illustrator. Follow each publisher's editorial guidelines carefully. Depending on the company, an outline, synopsis, and sample chapter may be required.
  9. Write an individual letter of inquiry describing your book to each potential publisher. Indicate why you are qualified to write the book and why the company is the ideal publisher. The book Children's Market Writers and Illustrators contains a section on query letter writing.
  10. When a publisher accepts your manuscript, you should carefully read the contract before signing it. Ensure that the contract specifies the number of books to be printed, how they will be distributed, how they will be marketed, and the amount to be paid.
  11. Think about self-publishing. Many online businesses can assist you with the self-publishing process, including several focusing on children's books. Your book will be published if you self-publish. However, doing so costs money, and many self-publishers won't assist you in promoting or disseminating your book.
  12. Thoroughly go over the book at each stage of the publishing procedure. Do the pictures depict the narrative? Are there any factual, grammatical, or typographical errors? Early publishing process errors are more straightforward and less expensive to fix than errors discovered later. Publishers may charge for fixing mistakes found after publication.
  13. Process and file all publisher paperwork with care. Ensure that you receive payment when promised. If a payment is late, politely get in touch with the business.
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