I Want to Write A Children’s Book, Now What?

Have you ever had the urge to write a children’s book? Maybe a young adult novel to rival Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight? Or maybe you dream about writing a book such as The Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

As always, the #1 advice I give to every aspiring author whether you have experience writing or not is to sit down and write. Crazy right?

But there are other things to think about also.

Questions to ask yourself

  • Is your idea perfect for a picture book?
  • Does your idea need more than 700 words? Should it be an early chapter reader or a middle-grade novel?
  • Is your idea aimed at teens over 15? If so, a young adult novel is probably most appropriate.
  • Is the subject matter appropriate for the level you want to write it? There is a big maturity gap between the 8-year-old reading a middle grade and the 14-year-old who may be on the cusp of reading young adult.

Did you know?

  • Average children’s picture book – 500-700 words
  • Average early chapter book – 10,000 words
  • Average middle-grade novel – 30,00 words
  • Average Young Adult – 50,000-75,000 words or more

Stay tuned for more of my thoughts on writing.

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