I’ve been asked more times than I can count, “How do you become a children’s writer?” The simple answer is there is no one way to get there. However, there are many resources to help break the code. Here are my recommendations for anyone looking to write for children and/or teens:
Join the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Through SCBWI you will be able to:
- connect with your local chapter, in which you can meet other kid lit writers
- attend workshops, conferences, and local shop talk meetings
- receive newsletters and bulletins full of industry information
- network online through the Blueboard (message board)
Consider taking a class from The Institute of Children’s Literature or purchasing a Writing Blueprint. I’ve personally benefitted from both.
Take a class at your local college or library.
Read the type of books you want to write. Make yourself a regular in the library and local bookstore.
Research the kid lit industry (these books are just a start):
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books by Harold Underdown
- Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole
- Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
- Children’s Writers & Illustrators Market by Writer’s Digest Books
Network with other writers on social media.
Definitely join a critique group! Every writer needs constructive feedback.