Writing a children's book is more than coming up with a cute story. While coming up with the story is part of the process, marketing issues must also be considered. Available online writing courses for children's books can be helpful.
ExpertRating Online offers an online writing course in children's books that teaches the do's and don'ts of writing for children, focusing on identifying the children's book category that best fits your writing style. Upon completion of the course, you receive an international (ISO 9001:2000) ExpertRating certification that is "recognised by hundreds of employers and Government bodies in the U.S. and other countries." This six-week comprehensive online writing course covers topics including: an in-depth look at the children's book market and children's picture books; beginning readers; middle school and high school readers; what has worked and what hasn't for professional writers of children's fiction, nonfiction and magazine articles; researching book ideas; editing; what publishing houses are looking for; marketing techniques; the submission process; contracts and promotion; and organisations and online writing communities that offer support for writers. Lead by children's author, editor, library instructor and college instructor, Carol Parenzan Smalley, it is reasonably priced at £64.90. To find out more or register for ExpertRating Online Writing Course (Children's Writing): http://www.expertrating.com/certifications/InstructorLed/Writing-Publishing/Children-Writing-for/Children-Writing-for.asp?affid=102>
Gotham Writers' Workshop
Gotham Writers' Workshop Children's Book Writing Classes Online focus on the basic elements of craft in children's writing: plot, theme, character, dialogue, setting, voice, point-of-view and description. Two ten-week workshops are offered in children's book writing. Level I Children's Book Writing helps you to begin a children's book, includes lectures on the basics of craft and writing exercises, and allows two opportunities to submit work for critique. Advanced Children's Book Writing focuses on developing projects and receiving feedback, working toward completion of a publishable work. Rated "Best of Web" by Forbes, tuition is £256.7. For more information or registration in Gotham Writers' Workshop: http://www.writingclasses.com/CourseDescriptionPages/GenrePages.php/type/O/ClassGenreCode/CB>
The Institute of Children's Literature
The Institute of Children's Literature offers a full curriculum of online writing courses for children's books that are college credited and include one-to-one instruction with accredited professional instructors, Children's Writer (a monthly online newsletter), Children's Writer's Guide (annual review of the children's writing field), and Rx for Writers, containing articles and writing tips, online interviews with experts and open chat rooms. Assignments are completed at your own pace and returned with detailed editing and notes summarising your strengths and weaknesses. For more information, or a free aptitude test and enrolment in The Institute of Children's Literature: http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/>
The offerings of the above online writing courses for children's books demonstrate the need to learn about the market, as well as the basics of writing for children. Issues such as the type of book and age group being written for must be considered. Marketing skills must be learnt, such as locating an interested publisher, writing a query letter that will stand out, the ins and outs of the submission process, as well as contracts and promotion. It is easy to see how an online writing course could be very helpful, indeed.
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