Top 3 Tips to Remember When Publishing a Children’s Book

Becoming a published author is one of the most rewarding projects anyone can pursue. But there is something distinctively special about becoming a published children’s book author.

Maybe it’s the opportunity to use your imagination in a creative way. Perhaps it is the idea of knowing your words will help shape how young readers view themselves and the world around them. Or maybe it’s the ability to share your voice with generations to come.

No matter what your motivation, there are a few important tips to keep in mind which will help your children’s book manuscript become publish-ready. Here are my top 3.

Tip 1: Think deeply about your front cover. In the picture book world, buyers often decide whether to open the book or put it back on the shelf by whether the title and illustration appeal to them. Being intentional of thinking of fun, relevant and catchy titles and illustrations will help your book stand out in the crowd.

Tip 2: Remember the conventions. Even when self-publishing, it is important to consider the conventions of the type of book you want to write and its target reader. Books with long and complicated sentences or high-word-counts should be avoided if the target reader is below a certain age.

Tip 3: Have beta readings. This is an important step that is often overlooked. Having beta manuscript readings with readers from your book’s target demographic will provide you with the critical insight necessary to strengthen your story. Also, consider a professional sensitivity reading when writing across cultures to avoid any faux-pas.

Writing a children's book is extremely rewarding. By incorporating these simple tips, you will set your publishing journey up for success. Do you have any other tips, leave them in the comment section below!

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