I've been writing for children for a few years now, and I'm often asked questions about writing and publishing. Questions like 'Do I need to find an illustrator for my book?' or 'Do you publish your own books?'
I love talking about books and writing, so I don't mind answering these types of questions. I know what it's like to be starting out writing! It can feel like you are learning a new language. There's SO much to learn. So much jargon.
There are blog posts kazillion offering advice and suggestions and courses and conferences and... It can get overwhelming. AND it can get expensive.
While I do recommend new writers invest in their writing, sometimes we need to start small. To meet that need I've decided to launch a new playlist on my YouTube Channel specifically to help beginner writers think about the particular challenges of being a children's author.
The playlist is called 'How to be a Children's Author'. In each video I'll answer a common question about writing for children. The videos are no-frills. It's just me and the camera. The opinions contained are all my own and there is no guarantee of publication even if you follow all my advice (sorry - I wish there was a magic publishing success formula). I'm simply hoping these short videos might help take the mystery out of writing for children and equip beginner writers - especially Christian children's writers - with some more information from which they can continue to grow.
Here's a sample.
For writers wanting to go deeper and get some input along the way, one option is to enroll in a writing for children course at a university or writers centre.
In first semester 2024, I'll be teaching the Writing for Children course at Tabor University. In person and online students are accepted, and you can either work on the unit as part of a degree or audit the subject. For more information follow this link.
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In high school I used to write what I'd call 'thinks' - little bits of writing about whatever topic or issue I was mulling over at the time. I still write these little pieces.
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