I've been doing a lot of thinking lately about my life, and although I am 30, have 2 beautiful children and a loving husband, I feel like I have not accomplished anything! I do know that I love writing and making people laugh. ...Which has got me thinking about becoming a children's author. This isn't something I just thought about doing yesterday. I've always loved writing. People have often told me they love what I write and I should be a writer, but never thought about it until now .I thought about writing children's books because my sense of humour is pretty similar to that of a 5 yr old and I know what kids like. I would be the happiest I have been in a long time, if I could write a book or even a series if I'm lucky, and get published!
...I would really love to hear from anyone with good advice for me.
Where do I even start? Do I need a lot of money to get started? Any helpful websites etc. As you can see, I have ALOT to learn! :)
Answer by wendythewriter at 5:29 PM on Mar. 25, 2013
Are you wanting to be published through a publishing company or self publish? Self publishing is the easiest way to get published but it is also very costly. Some published authors even look down on self publishing. However, you need to do what is best for you. (However, stay away from Publish America). First thing I would do is sit down and list your ideas. Write everyday even if you don't plan on publishing or using that part. Cont...
Answer by JeremysMom at 5:33 PM on Mar. 25, 2013
Next, buy the current edition of Children's Book Publishers. This will give you a list of what each publisher is looking for, if they are accepting submissions, and how to submit them. It also includes children's magazines as well which could be a good way to get your foot in the door. Also, consider joining http://www.scbwi.org/. They offer great advice for members and you can attend chapter meetings and other people will look over your work. Also, there is a few groups here on cafemom that are geared toward new and experienced authors.
Answer by JeremysMom at 5:34 PM on Mar. 25, 2013
Answer by wendythewriter at 5:36 PM on Mar. 25, 2013
Answer by wendythewriter at 5:39 PM on Mar. 25, 2013
Wendy, can you tell me how? I have looked at several options and each option was going to cost up at least $100 but most it was going to be about $500. Also, do you write children's books? I have found that writing chapter books or books without pictures/illustrations to cost much less than children's books.
Answer by JeremysMom at 5:41 PM on Mar. 25, 2013
Answer by wendythewriter at 5:50 PM on Mar. 25, 2013
Answer by RyansMom001 at 6:17 PM on Mar. 25, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 7:26 PM on Mar. 25, 2013