If you love gronks who wear tiaras and talking dogs, (I love talking dogs!) it s likely that you re reading this because you want to write a children s book. I ve designed this book to get you started with your children s book. It s the first in a series of books crafted to help authors find their places in the market, find their voices and find the most effective way to communicate their messages. Children s picture books are typically 32 pages long. This book is 32 pages long. Volumes have been written about how to write picture books. If you read all of them it will be years before you put pen to paper. This book will get you started now. No book can give you the gift of imagination. If you aspire to write picture books, however, you probably arrived in this world with that gift. This guide will help you move, start to finish, with your story, in an efficient and concise manner. The creative part is up to you. Don t let the simplicity of a children s book fool you into thinking it s an easy process. Don t let the few number of pages in this book fool you into thinking that it isn t comprehensive. Writing children s books is a considerable challenge. There are so few words and even fewer pages with which to work, every word must be the best word; less is more.
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With 12 books in print and having written the lyrics to a children s music CD, award-winning author Nancy Libbey Mills has established an impressive reputation in kid lit. Her books are some of the smartest books written in the children s book genre. Children feel like they re being spoken to like adults and adults are reminded of being a kid. There s a sophistication and there are turns of phrases not usually found in children s stories. Her goal, when she started, was to write books that are as much fun for the reader as they are for the listener. With double entendres and homophones, Nancy s books bring giggles to booklovers over and over again. Mills grew up in Stockton and went on to Oregon State University, graduating with a Bachelor s Degree in Liberal Arts. Currently, Mills lives in Colorado and is the Past President of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. She has two children and two grandchildren.
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