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Writing Children's Books For Dummies by [Lisa Rojany Buccieri, Peter Economy]

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Lisa Rojany Buccieri has written and ghostwritten more than 100 children's and grown-up's books, both fiction and nonfiction, including board books, picture books, and young adult series.

Peter Economy is a bestselling author, coauthor, and ghostwriter of more than 55 books, including several For Dummies titles.

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Learn to:

  • Write great stories with memorable characters
  • Pen a catchy query letter that sings
  • Find an agent and use social media

Your guide to writing, publishing, and promoting a children's book

Written with straightforward advice and a plethora of up-to-date recommendations, including the scoop on writing e-books, Writing Children's Books For Dummies provides step-by-step information on everything aspiring children's book authors need to know. Topics include researching the current marketplace, developing great stories and characters, writing captivating plots with drama, intriguing editors and agents, submitting queries and manuscripts, and making the most of social media marketing.

  • Children's books 101 — take an in-depth look at the many different formats of children's books (including e-books), as well as who actually buys children's books and why
  • Enter the writing zone — get a jump on the writing process, discover how to set up your workspace, develop great story ideas, and build upon your great ideas with research
  • The plot thickens — create a spellbinding story with a workable plot, characters to care about and root for, real dialogue, and a setting to transport your reader to the world you've created
  • Put on your editor's cap — revise and edit your manuscript, decide whether to illustrate your story on your own, and discover where to look for helpful feedback on your work
  • Get the word out — consider the pros and cons of working with literary agents versus contacting publishers yourself; get the scoop on book deals, contracts, and self-publishing; and conquer the publishing world with social media marketing

Open the book and find:

  • Explanations of children's book formats and genres
  • Details on plot, character, and drama
  • Trusted tips on writing believable dialogue
  • Info on writing creative nonfiction children's books
  • What you need to know about agents, publishers, self-publishing, and e-books
  • The scoop on the illustration process
  • How you can promote and publicize your book
--This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00AJ406FQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ For Dummies; 2 edition (30 November 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 5148 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 386 pages
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Lisa Rojany has written dozens of children's books, 2 adult books, a few YA novels, and a YA memoir, including several award-winning and bestselling titles. She is also a publishing executive and editor with over 20 years of experience in the industry. As well as spearheading four publishing startups, Lisa has simultaneously run her own business, Editorial Services of L.A. She has been Editorial/Publishing Director for Golden Books, Price Stern Sloan/Penguin Group USA, Intervisual Books, Gateway Learning Corp (Hooked on Phonics), and Intervisual Books. She loves working with authors to make their work the best it can be. She may be contacted at

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