If you follow our blog, you undoubtedly have a sense of calling to write for children and teens in the Christian market. Today, I want to encourage you to check out what is new in children’s books. Keeping on top of that may include some things that surprise you, but they will be relatively simple additions to your writing journey.
Check out what is new in Christian publishing for children.
- Make a list of Christian publishers and check their new releases. You can do this easily by bookmarking their websites. Usually, new releases come out once a quarter, so add this to your calendar to do four times a year.
- Check in with your local Christian bookstore owner. She will be able to tell you what titles are new on the shelves, what titles are selling well, and what kinds of books her customers request.
- Keep track of the new releases that win awards.
What is new for children in the general market?
I don’t want to loose you at this point! You may be thinking that you solely want to write children’s Bible storybooks or devotionals. However, it is important to know the topics and formats of popular general market books. Understanding children’s books in general will help you write engaging books that will draw children to read more.
- Make note of the books that are in the Scholastic Book Fairs in local schools. You can do this online, by reviewing the take-home order forms that elementary schools often send, or by visiting a school book fair with a child in your family. Talk to the parents who are working at the book fair. They will be able to tell you which titles are popular with kids and have been re-ordered to fill requests during the book fair.
- Visit general market publisher websites, checking for new releases.
- Talk to bookstore owners. Again, what is new? What are customers looking for?
- Spend time in the children’s section of the bookstore. Study the sections of the store and the prominent displays. Listen to the requests of young shoppers. Keep in mind that grandparents are frequently those who purchase books for young readers.
- Visit your local library. Look at the new book display. Talk to the children’s librarian, asking what is popular and what kinds of books she wishes were available.
How do you keep abreast of what is new in publishing? We hope that you will share some your ideas with the other readers here.
Carol McAdams Moore writes for children and youth in the Christian and general markets. A parent and teacher, she writes books that engage young readers in the Word of God. Check out her preteen devotionals from Zonderkidz – Dare U 2 Open This Book (for guys) and Just Sayin’ (for girls). Visit Carol’s blog at carolmcadamsmoore.blogspot.com