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Writing for Children FAQs

Who Writes Children's Books?
In theory, anyone – you do not need any special education or qualifications to write for children. However, you will need to have certain qualities to make it as a children’s writer. First, and most importantly, you need to like children and want to write for them. Read more>>

How to Find an Illustrator for my Children's Book.
This should not be a problem as most publishers prefer to provide an illustrator for your children’s book. They do this because it can increase the quality of the book and improve sales. For example, a publisher may already have a great illustrator in mind and that illustrator could be well-known already. Read more>>>

Writing for Children - How a Course can Help.
A great way to learn how to write for children is under the supervision of a published, successful children’s author. This expert tuition combined with thorough course materials for you to follow is the perfect way to access the vital information you need. Read more>>>

Why are stories important for children?
Stories play a vital role in the growth and development of children. The books they read and the characters they get to know can become like friends. It’s also good for children to understand that books are a useful source of information and that good reading skills are important for success in their future lives.Read more>>>

What qualifications do I need to write for children?
In theory, none – there are no specific qualifications or education you need to prove you can write for children. Writing is one of those professions where the proof is in the pudding – it’ll show quickly in your writing if you are any good or not. But, it does help if you have certain qualities to make it as a children’s writer. The most important is a liking for children! Read more>>>

Who publishes children’s books?
You’ve got an idea for a children’s book – great! But what’s the next step? Before you start putting pen to paper, you need to find out if there is a market for it - someone who might be interested in publishing it. After all, you don’t want to write a book and then find that no-one wants it. So, where do you start looking? Read more>>>

How does writing for children differ from writing for adults?
The short answer is not very much! People think that writing for children is going to be easier than writing for adults. But they’re wrong; writing for children is just as challenging. In fact, it’s more so because not only do you have to include all the same elements as you would in a book for adults, you also need to write it in a form that’s suitable for children. It’s not an easy job, but one that is hugely satisfying when you get it right! Read more>>>

Writing for Children – a bigger market than you think?
Writing for children is a difficult market to break into, right? Well, yes and no is the answer to that question. Whether it is difficult or not depends on how you choose to get your work published. There’s certainly no shortage of buyers for all the different types of children’s writing, so you just have to decide how you are going to grab your share of them. Read more>>>

Types of writing for children
So you want to write for children, but you are not sure what they like to read? Well, you are in luck, because children like to read pretty much the same as adults – with some obvious exceptions like erotica and violence of course. So, as a children’s writer you can have a go at many different genres of fiction writing. Read more>>>

Putting Together the Perfect Picture Book for Children
First, it’s useful to know what picture books are not. They are not short stories with pictures. They are books made up of illustrations with some explanatory text, but the pictures should tell the story. Read more>>>


Lou Carter"After completing the course I began writing as much as I could and in 2014 I was finally signed by my agent and within two months I had a contract with Bloomsbury.

To date I have nine picture book contracts all at various stages of publication. There Is No Dragon In This Story (Bloomsbury) and Pirate Stew (Orchard) both published last summer and Oscar The Hungry Unicorn (Orchard) is due to be released on Sept 20th 2018. "

Lou Carter


Institute of Training and Occupational Learning

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