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‘Well Done, Good and Faithful Servant’

author computerIf you follow our blog, you are interested in writing for children or teens. That, in and of itself, speaks volumes. You feel called to craft stories that will excite young readers, or you feel called to write Bible stories or devotionals that are just the right reading level to engage kids in exploring God’s Word and to motivate them to live out the words of the Bible in their own lives.

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Online Connections for Christian Children’s Authors

connectionsAn aspiring author is sometimes in a quandary about what to do next. Perhaps, the would-be author sits at her computer and wonders what to do with her writing time that day.

Several months ago, I posted a list of jump start ideas, Be an Author – Do One Thing. Let’s add to that list today.

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Become a Better Writer

We know that authors should read, read, read in the genre they write. So, for example, if you aspire to being a children’s fiction author, you should read tons of children’s fiction. If you want to write devotions for teens, you should read lots and lots of devotions for teens.

Gathering the books you need to read might be daunting. Although most authors have huge libraries, you can get more books by becoming a frequent visitor to the library, used bookstores, and garage sales. Also, don’t overlook borrowing books from others.

It is important to take reading to the next level and beyond.

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Write to the Heartfelt Needs of Kids

I was surprised at my reaction to the back-to-school sales. Last spring, I left teaching to write full time. I didn’t expect to have strong feelings about back-to-school supplies this summer, but I did. It was obvious that the children and parents in the store had their own range of emotions, too.

  • Nervousness
  • Excitement
  • Dread
  • Happiness
  • Fear
  • Pride
  • Worry
  • Denial

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What’s New in Children’s Books?

NewBookStickersIf 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’s new in children’s books. Keeping on top of that may include some things that surprise you, but they’ll be relatively simple additions to your writing journey.

Check out what’s 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 task to your calendar and check four times a year.
  • Check with your local Christian bookstore owner. He or she can tell you what titles are new on the shelves, what titles are selling well, and what kinds of books customers request.
  • Keep track of new releases that win awards.

What’s new for children in the general market?

I don’t want to lose you at this point! You may be thinking that you solely want to write children’s Bible storybooks or devotionals. However, it’s 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.

  • Note 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 work at the book fair. They can 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. Ask them what’s new and what customers are looking for.
  • Spend time in the children’s section of the bookstore. Study the sections of the store and the prominent displays. Listen to young shoppers’ requests. Remember that grandparents are frequently those who purchase books for young readers.
  • Visit your local library. Look at the new-book displays. Talk to the children’s librarian, asking what’s popular and what kinds of books he or she wishes were available.

How do you keep abreast of what’s new in publishing? We hope you’ll share some of your ideas with the other readers here. Connect with us in the comments!

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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

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