Introduction 1 Part I: The ABCs of Writing for Children 5 Chapter 1: Exploring the Basics of Writing Children?s Books 7 Chapter 2: Delving into Children?s Book Formats and Genres 13 Chapter 3: Understanding the Children?s Book Market 49 Part II: Immersing Yourself in the Writing Process 65 Chapter 4: Setting Up Your Workspace 67 Chapter 5: Starting with a Great Idea 73 Chapter 6: Researching Your Audience and Subject 89 Part III: Creating a Spellbinding Story 107 Chapter 7: Creating Compelling Characters 109 Chapter 8: The Plot Thickens: Confl ict, Climax, and Resolution 131 Chapter 9: Can We Talk? Writing Dialogue 143 Chapter 10: Setting the Scene 157 Chapter 11: Finding Your Voice: Point of View and Tone 169 Chapter 12: Writing Creative Nonfi ction Books 189 Part IV: Making Your Story Sparkle 205 Chapter 13: Editing and Formatting Your Way to a Happy Ending 207 Chapter 14: Creating Pictures from Your Words: The World of Illustrations 233 Chapter 15: Finding Feedback and Encouragement 249 Part V: Getting Published and Promoting Your Book 265 Chapter 16: Getting an Agent to Represent You 267 Chapter 17: Finding the Perfect Publisher and Signing a Contract 283 Chapter 18: So You Want to Self-Publish? 299 Chapter 19: Donning Your Publicity Cap 313 Chapter 20: Getting Savvy with Social Media 327 Part VI: The Part of Tens 341 Chapter 21: More Than Ten Great Sources for Storylines 343 Chapter 22: Ten Recognitions Children?s Authors Dream of Receiving 351 Index 353
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.