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Monday, February 1, 2010

How To Write A Children's Book - Really!

It's been a lifelong dream of mine to write and publish a children's book. And I will. I've also read numerous books on the topic, but none have inspired me quite like Cynthia Reeser's How to Write and Publish a Successful Children's Book: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply. What sets this book apart from the others is that it really is "explained simply." So many other books seem to gloss over the actual publishing part, leaving me with more questions than ever. This book is chock-full of useful information, including self-publishing, agents, networking, even sample documents of query letters and manuscripts (sooo helpful!).

Reeser dedicates the first half of the book to writing specifically for children. There's some wonderful advice given to hone your craft and some great hands-on exercises to try. In addition there are featured "case studies" - one or two page profiles by published authors describing their experiences with writing. What I enjoyed most, however, was that the book is actually fun to read! Sometimes "How-To" books can seem a little dry and it's a struggle to get through them. In this case, everything is organized, simple to understand and written in such a way that makes for a fascinating read. With this book by my side, I really feel like this is the year my children's book will get written! Grab a copy for yourself by going here.

WANT TO WIN? One winner will receive a copy of How to Write and PUblish a Successful Children's Book. To enter, leave a topic related comment on this post prior to Monday, February 8th at Midnight. Winner must provide a US mailing address.

I received a product sample for review purposes.

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37 comments :

  1. My husband has always wanted to write childrens' books so I'd love to win this book for him. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  2. I have always been interested in writing a book so this would be great.

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  3. looking forward to reading your first book!

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  4. I have a friend who'd like to write children's books. This would be perfect for her.

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  5. When I was teaching school I always thought I should try writing a children's book. This would let me know what I need to do.

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  6. I'm not a good writer, but Hunter could use something like this. He loves to read and write.

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  7. I'm a former early childhood teacher, and I've got so many children's books ideas in my head!! This book should help!!!
    hi_joan_elliott at hotmail dot com

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  8. I've been trying to get started doing this since having my son. I would love to see if it could give me some tips!

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  9. My granddaughter is writing a book and this would help my daughter and answer any questions they have

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  10. Like many people, I've had an idea kicking around for some years, doing anything about it is something else! This sounds like it would be in interesting book to read.
    greenlancer at comcast dot net

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  11. I would love to read this--I've also had several ideas in my head for several years!! Thanks for the chance :)

    emvark at gmail dot com

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  12. Hi Marissa! I never knew you had a dream to write a children's book. I can't wait to buy your book when it (eventually) comes out! Keep us posted... ;)

    Also: this how-to book looks wonderful. I've considered writing a children's book for several years and I'd love to read this author's take on going to draft to publication.

    Thanks for your review!

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  13. Oops! I meant..."going from draft to publication." ;)

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  14. My wife has been a teacher for 10+ years and I know she could write a great book.

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  15. I homeschooled my kids (and myself)for 10 years. The creative writing edge I acquired from that experience was fun for my children and has left me with some terrific story ideas. I would love to learn how to collaborate and turn those ideas into books that I could share with other children.

    trailblazin9@msn.com

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  16. My husband and I have often talked about writing a childrens book. I would write it and he would illustrate. This sounds like it would be a great resource.

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  17. My mother has a number of picture books she has written. Most of them were written for me when I was a child. She's love to read this. Also when I was taking children's literature in college, we were required to write a children's book. My professor was overwhelmed with mine and told me I needed to publish it but I don't know where to start.

    jenndiggy at gmail dot com

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  18. I really want to write books for children and YA books sometime in my life. I actually became an English major because of my love of books.

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  19. I have always enjoyed writing, and have sometimes toyed with the idea of writing a childrens' book. This looks like it could give me the guidance I need. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  20. I am a preschool teacher and have thought about writing because of the need to address a variety of topics that are lacking in children's literature. This book seems like a great resource to start with. avonbaby87@gmail.com

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  21. This book would be great for my daughter who wants to be a writer. k2e2t2@hotmail.com

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  22. I've written poetry and stories and some have been published. I would love to write a children's book, but truly don't know how to get started. This book may serve as a guide for me. I am hoping; my fingers are crossed. Thanks for this possibility!

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. I am in college as a Birth through Kindergarten Major..and I have always wanted to write children's books! I love helping children in any way possible, and I believe if I had a better grasp on how to write a book specifically devoted to children, I could discuss important topics and help children! :)
    Amanda Barnes
    amandakbarnes90@gmail.com

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  24. One of my resolutions for 2010 is to write a children's book - would love to win this for inspiration!

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  25. I'd love to write a series of kids books one day. This book looks so interesting!
    firstrosegrrl@yahoo.com

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  26. I have written 8 children's poems and it would be great if I know how I could get them published! Thank you for the contest!

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  27. I've always wanted to write a children's series about my dogs. This would be a big help.

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  28. I would love to have a copy of this.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

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  29. I've always wanted to write a childrens book with my mom!



    clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

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  30. This would be great, Lots of ideas now I'll know what to do with them
    singermagic1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I have always wanted to write a childrens book!

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  32. I would love to write a children's book about my dogs...

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  33. For my neighbor, who id doing just this!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  34. I would love to read a childrens book about wearing eyeglasses.

    ditedesco@aol.com

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  35. Oh, this is fabulous! I've been walking around with great stories in my head. I'd love to put them on paper and make them into books! Thanks so much!

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  36. I have always wanted to write a childrens book. Maybe it is not too late. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  37. This book sounds very interesting. I'll definitely check it out!

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