An important step to fulfilling the desire for publishing a book is moving from dreaming about it to actually doing it. On an annual trip with my girlfriends, a late night discussion lead to the creation of our individual bucket lists and mine included publishing a children’s book. It was then that I decided to take the next step. Just because I enjoyed writing or felt fairly comfortable composing did not mean I was equipped to actually write a book. The dream had always been there, but not the commitment. I began to research avenues available to me to learn how to write for children. I decided to research online sources, both fee based and free and decided to join the Children’s Book Insiders. CBI is a very reasonably priced self-paced writing course. There are many websites, blogs, and articles on the web as well. Read and heed the advice given, especially from those who have been there, done that.
What’s to learn? Lots. How to develop a story idea, how to develop characters, how to develop a plot, how to write for specific age ranges and even how many words a writer uses to tell their story depending on the audience are just a few lessons. There’s even a lesson on how to deal with rejection! Even once you feel your work is as complete as it can be, there are more lessons about submission, promotion, and marketing.
Do you think you want to publish a book? As Dr. Suess says, “Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!”