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Worried about trying to write a synopsis of your middle grade or young adult novel? The most important thing to remember about a synopsis is— It should...


How do you write a book that will sell?


Knowing the market is a key factor in producing a marketable manuscript. And part of being market savvy is knowing what category your idea falls into. 


There are various categories of children’s books, such as concept book, picture book, storybook, chapter book, reader and novel. On pages 15-16 of our workbook, Write a Marketable Children's Book, we explain the categories and the ages they target.

A writer should research the market to discover


An aspiring writer named Mike once wrote E.B. White and asked what he needed to do to get his book published.


The famous author took some time before he wrote back, but when he did, this was his advice:


"The principal thing (an author) has to do is to write a good book. Then he has to send the manuscript to one publisher after another until he finds one who wants to publish it. I'm glad you liked 'Stuart Little' and 'Charlotte's Web' and thanks for writing."


It may seem as if E.B. White were lazy and didn’t offer Mike much help. But his letter actually reveals exactly what a writer must do to get published.


I enjoy reading picture books for the fun of it, the art, and to analyze what makes a good story.


I would love to master the craft of writing wonderful picture books that become beloved favorites of children.

From researching and reading the masters, I’ve learned that most of the factors below are in stories that stay in our hearts.


A good picture book:


So deep down inside, you really want to write?


But you don’t know how or where to begin. Or you just have the “no-confidence” blues and can't seem to get back to what you started.


What can you do to make yourself get busy writing?


  • Forget about writing the story.