Adapting to each stage and its cognitive ability is important if we want our book to be meaningful, educational, and fun. The division is mainly based on the targeted age group, the average number of pages, the number of images, and the overall word count. These outlined differences make your decision of which age group you are planning to write for very important, as every subsequent decision will depend on the type of book you choose to write.
This data was created using KDP Rocket. As you can see, some kids book genres have decent money coming into them, with less competition. So, make sure you do your research before hand and see what possible types of kids books you can create. In essence, the book will have to appeal to two completely separate and different groups of people:.
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Here are some styles worth considering:. Once you have chosen your style, however, you will need to stick to it throughout the book. Your unique and inspired story idea is only as strong as the way in which you tell it. Good stories are carefully designed and tend to be simple.
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There are actions, scenes, and emotions. And be sure to be clear about your core message. While the sequence and rhythm of events is very important, please keep in mind that not all stories have the same structure. There is no one formula because following a formula would rob stories of their true potential. You may already have a title for your book in mind.
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But something we want just as much if not more is for readers to actually find your book! Editing is a valuable investment. Your book and its message might be amazing, but if too many errors slip through, your readers will notice and voice their opinion in a review like this, which ultimately will lower your overall rating. If your book is more than words long, you should send it off to a professional editor for proofing. Yes, you can go over it yourself and let your significant other read through it.
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But letting a third unbiased, independent, and professional party look over it will make your manuscript so much better, given you have an experienced editor. When it comes to picture books, there are a number of different orientations to choose from. This decision needs to be made early on because your illustrations will depend greatly on the orientation you choose for your book.
Below are the most common sizes. If you plan on having your images cover the entire page, make sure to add 0. The larger your image, the better — at least 2, pixels per side, preferably larger. Take printing into account.
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Just make sure the aspect ratio remains the same if you should decide to resize your images. For picture books, I usually like to work backward. Remember — this is not the final layout. This is just meant to help you determine which illustrations you would like to include so that you can get ready to find and hire an illustrator. This step is also helpful if you are planning to create your illustrations yourself. You just want to get the essence of the story right, so be loose and expressive, and have some fun.
How you combine your text and illustrations is really a design question and completely up to you. But because the creation process depends on your chosen combination, you will have to decide in advance so you can let your illustrator know. A lot of the success for me in writing and promoting Moneylove came from the fact that I was already talking about prosperity consciousness before I even pitched the book to a publisher. I had listened to some tapes of a man named Leonard Orr, who had an unusual concept.
He said your attitudes about money itself dictated your financial results. This excited and stimulated my creativity and I went to one of his evening seminars. I started to come up with strategies of my own to put his ideas into action. I had been doing lectures and workshops on communication and relationships. Now I threw in little tidbits about prosperity consciousness, and how I was using it in my own life. People got enthusiastic, got results, and asked for more and the rest is all about the momentum that energy generated.
I love the song Happy Talk in the musical, South Pacific. Especially the opening:. One great strategy to put this concept into practice is to prepare, before you even start writing your book, an actual thirty minute talk on the subject. This will also enable you to introduce your ideas and focus on the most important theme. You can even approach local organizations that book speakers about having you do your talk. This also helps with something all aspiring authors need to do. It is vital that you not only provide a great proposal or manuscript to a publisher, but also tell what audiences will buy the book and how you intend to reach them.
One of the first pieces of prosperity advice I put in Moneylove was from pioneering psychologist William James. He said that in order to change your life, you had to start immediately. What you want to therefore change is to become a bestseller author, at least to begin that process. Start immediately.
If you are serious, begin to write at least one page a day. Some folks might find that too daunting. Do it if you can, but at the very least—one page. Once you have done this for a month, check out your first pages versus your latest pages and you will find the practice has made a difference. This will change your results whether you are wanting to write a book, a blog, persuasive emails, or clever Tweets. If you have such a clear command of your purpose in writing a book or anything that you can convey its essence in a single sentence, you are starting out way ahead of most authors.
For the research necessary to do this, you will have to go to the library or a bookstore and check out the jacket copy on hardcover books, particularly the side flaps. I did this by cutting out a copy of the NY Times bestseller list, and typing Moneylove on the list before putting it on my bulletin board. I also always visualize myself appearing on a major talk show and imagine what questions the host I use Oprah a lot, since I actually was a guest on her show will ask, and how I would respond.
One way to always guarantee you will intrigue, attract, interest, and capture the attention of a reader is to become a master of the opening line, or even the opening several lines. Even before you fully write your book or even a blog post getting the opening clarified and clear in your head is essential. In Moneylove , my opening lines in the Introduction were:. Business experts doing a lot of market research and psychologists doing a lot of studies, have both reached the same conclusion, that first minute of contact is vital.
And this is the best time in history to do this, because you can find those openings online without having to go to a library or bookstore. Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. Short words and short sentences are pretty much norm now in most writing courses, but when I first started talking about this in the s, the standard was flowery language and complex sentences, except for a few brilliant writers who knew this secret. That it is no longer a secret is pretty much due to one man, Rudolf Flesch see Secret Seven below for more on him.
As you can see by my opening for this article, I do not always follow the popular advice to keep sentences short. Sometimes long is more expressive. Sometimes a few long sentences interspersed with a lot of short ones can create a pleasing rhythm. Back and forth. A master of this quality in her writing is Harper Lee. Her opening for, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a brilliant example of mixing short sentences and long flowing ones.
Look at how simply Harper Lee conveys the life of a sleepy old Southern town in very few words. As the best books in fiction or nonfiction always do, an author should create a dialogue with the reader that resembles a good friend telling a good story. In terms of cutting down on wordage, I have had any number of successful nonfiction and fiction writers tell me that one of the most important disciplines any writer can master is to take a paragraph or sentence, or even a page, that you really are in love with, and cut it from your manuscript.
I had a whole chapter left out of Moneylove when I got the final galleys prior to it going to the printing presses. After a while, I was forced to agree with him, but not until I had ranted and raved for a week or two. Writing can be like music. There are high notes. There are low notes. And once in a while, there are no notes, as you pause to let the mind breathe between paragraphs. If most of the writing you have done has been of an academic sort while taking college courses, you will be at a disadvantage in writing for a larger mainstream audience.
Most readers today are most comfortable with a 5th grade level of vocabulary, and anything more may go right over their heads. One of the bestselling authors I had some impact on was Spencer Johnson. Spencer has been kind enough to tell me my two hour seminar on writing a bestseller at the National Speakers Association really made a difference in his approach to writing.
What he was doing with corporate clients was teaching them the value of praising employees, in a very short amount of time. This one minute praise technique led to the huge bestseller he wrote with management expert Kenneth Blanchard, The One-Minute Manager, which has sold over thirteen million copies. Spencer Johnson is obviously a very creative writer who has lots of ideas for books, but his first effort was so successful because rather than just come up with a book he thought would sell, he focused on what he was already doing.
And once he became a master of that one idea, he and his co-author, Ken Blanchard, came up with the add-ons of One Minute Goals and One Minute Reprimands.
They thus became three-trick ponies and much more. Louise Hay is another multi-million copy bestselling author who started out with one trick, which led to You Can Heal Your Life — over 50 million sold and counting. I remember back in the early s, Louise, her assistant, Julie, and I sitting in a hot tub in the backyard of her rented house in Santa Monica. A small booklet, it was beloved by the holistic health community. But Louise had delayed turning this material into a full-length book, even though she had a publishing contract to do so.
A lot of our conversation focused on trying to motivate Louise to finish the book. I can assure you that, at that moment, Louise did not have a clue, or even a dream, about being a bestselling author. And she certainly could not have foreseen that she would create a large publishing empire Hay House and influence and help millions of people around the world. And it all grew out of her original idea that certain emotions trigger certain illnesses and symptoms.
For a one trick pony, Louise Hay certainly picked the right trick. I earned a lot more money than any coaching fees would have produced, however, as she mentions Moneylove very favorably in You Can Heal Your Life. This led to thousands of sales for me. Often, when you want to be focusing on an upcoming book project, no matter how multi-dimensional you are—no matter how many tricks you have up your sleeve—it is best to focus on a single strong subject or theme. For an aspiring bestselling author, multitasking can be a mental vampire, sucking the energy out of the big idea you have.
I have never had a dry spell in my life, mainly because I feed myself well, to the point of bursting. I wake early and hear my morning voices leaping around in my head like jumping beans. I get out of bed quickly, to trap them before they escape. I have long asserted that fiction is important to read, especially for those who have limited themselves to nonfiction. Fiction is important because novelists are some of the great thinkers and philosophers about the human condition. I have learned more about life and people from novels than from any nonfiction books on the subject.
There are parts of the brain that are stimulated and enriched by reading fiction that no other method seems to duplicate. The Elements of Style…by Strunk and White. This is the classic on writing style that almost every writer of note has a copy of. It is an enduring masterpiece whether you are writing a nonfiction book, a novel, an article or blog post.
A book not just about writing but an instruction manual on training your mind to be more creatively productive. On Writing Well—by William Zinsser —This addresses directly the problem most beginning writers have with too many words, sentences and paragraphs that are just too long. And Zinsser demonstrates how it should be done by his own crisp,clear, simple writing style. This was the very first book I read on writing, as a high school student.
It may just be the single book that most influenced my writing style. Bird by Bird—by Anne Lamott. She is one of my very favorite writers, and unusual in that she has had bestsellers both on the fiction and nonfiction lists. Zen in the Art of Writing — by Ray Bradbury.
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