When writing children's books there are about ten questions, one needs ask oneself. “Will my book sell?” is not the first question to ask. The action, characters, and place are what fascinate children.
1. Is it a good story? Does it have a positive flow? Is there a hero or heroine that saves the day? Can the child see himself or herself as the hero or the heroin?
2. Does the story strong enough to stand up to the competition in the field of children's books? It is a tough market and one must know if their story is well written and ready for submission.
3. Does the story make sense even if it is read slowly? I know this may seem an odd question, but adults read slowly to young children. Young children, beginning readers especially, read slowly. If the story is too complicated, it may not be a good candidate.
4. Is the story a page-turner? Dialog should carry the action forward as opposed to stopping the action. Children like dialog between characters and usually place themselves in the story if they can picture themselves saying what the character is saying.
5. Is the setting of the story in a world children are familiar with? Parks, the zoo, and magical lands of make believe are places children know about first hand. Good use of adjectives and adverbs help readers see and be a part of the action in the story making connections.
6. Are the events in the story something children can relate to? Put yourself in a child's shoes. Is it an event that a child might participate in?
7. Are the characters appealing and original? Shamu is already a character of a whale. Roger the Right Whale is a new character in my next children's book. He and his buddies are headed back to the cold waters off of Saint John's in Newfoundland after their exciting adventure south.
8. Is the vocabulary suitable for the young beginning reader? Read other children's books to get any idea of what is acceptable.
9. Is there rhythm and repetition alliteration in the story? Children like language that rolls of their tongues and so do adults that read to them.
10. Is the story humorous? Children love to laugh. Give them the giggles and you will have made a friend for life.
Will my book sell? If you can answer the questions listed above, it is a possibility that your book will sell. Keep writing. Keep submitting. Look at what is working. Look at what is not working. Edit, review, and resubmit.
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