Anastasia Suen

Developmental Editor

Write a Children’s Book

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Q. I want to write my own children’s book. Where do I start?
A.
Start by reading, reading, reading! The children’s books on the shelves will help you write your book, revise your book, and sell your book!

Q. How can reading children’s books help me write my own book?
A.
Reading recently published books like the ones that you want to write can help you see how other authors handled your topic or theme. These books can help you learn your craft.

Reading new books will also help you see what editors are buying. Editors look at other books on your topic or theme to help them decide if they will buy your book or not. If that’s what the agents and editors do, then you need to do it too!

This is why I post a new booktalk Monday through Saturday!

Q. How long should my children’s book manuscript be?
A.
The length of the book depends on the age of the child who will be reading it. The older the child is, the longer the book will be. Check the word count guides at:

Q. Do I need an agent to sell my book? Or do I send it to editors?
A.
If you send your book to editors first (and don’t sell it) most agents will NOT want to handle that book later because the book has already been shopped. If you think you might want to work with an agent, start that search first.

Q. What do agents charge?
A. Reputable agents do NOT charge a fee
to read your work or to send it out. The agent is paid on commission, so no money changes hands until the book sells–and it is the publisher who pays the agent, not the writer. Most agents take a 15% commission, so they earn 15% of all funds paid for the sales they make.

Q. Why should I pay an agent 15%?
A.
An agent can send your book to publishers that are “closed” to submissions.

FYI: When you send your book to an editor that you have never met at a “closed” publishing house, your work will not be read. Some send it back to you while others toss it in the trash. Delete!

Q. How can I find an agent?
A.
Follow the directions on my How to Find a Literary Agent page.

Of course, none of this will happen if you don’t write the book first! So begin at the beginning. Start reading, reading, reading–and then start writing!

Are you ready to work with a writing mentor?

The author of 275 books for children, teens, and adults, I have been working as a developmental editor with writers from all levels of the continuum (beginner to already published) since 1999. Some of my writers sold the books they wrote or revised in the critiques while others continued to master their craft and sold their first book later.

  1. If you want guidance as you write your first draft, sign up for the Intensive Picture Book Workshop or the Children’s Novel Workshop.
  2. If you want guidance to take your completed children’s book manuscript to the next level, sign up for a Picture Book WIP Critique or a Children’s Novel WIP Critique via email or phone.

Let’s start working together!

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National Geographic Kids United States Atlas

National Geographic Kids United States Atlas
by National Geographic Kids (Author)

Booktalk: Watch today’s eclipse online with NASA and follow it across the nation with this atlas filled with facts for young readers.

Snippet: Like a giant patchwork quilt, the United States is made up of 50 states, each uniquely different but together making a national fabric held together by a Constitution and a federal government. State boundaries, outlined in various colors on the map, set apart internal political units within the country. (See inside the book.)

FYI: NASA invites eclipse viewers around the country to participate in a nationwide science experiment by collecting cloud and air temperature data and reporting it via their phones.

Learn how you can participate in a NASA experiment.

Nonfiction Monday

It’s Nonfiction Monday!

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The Land of Reverse

The Land of Reverse: Where Sleep is Just a Matter of Letting Yourself Go…
by Dave Manousos (Author / Illustrator)

Booktalk: Sam is wound up too tight to fall asleep. Even counting sheep doesn’t help. Pretending to fall asleep instead, Sam falls into a backwards land where everything is flip-flop, opposite and reverse–and discovers a relaxation technique to fall asleep more easily.

Snippet: He stopped traffic on sidewalks to get to the street.

See the book trailer.

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Weird But True Daily Planner

Weird But True Daily Planner: 365 Days to Fill With School, Sports, Friends, and Fun!
by National Geographic Kids (Author)

Booktalk: Just in time for back to school! Prepare to be amazed each day with weird-but-true facts that will impress your friends and stump your parents. Turn the page in this spiral-bound book and record your school work, keep track of activities, and plan your social life, all while learning wild and wacky things about the world around you!

Snippets from the October pages:

Outside, you are rarely more than six feet away from a spider.

Vampire bats are the only mammals to have a blood-only diet.

It’s STEM Friday! (STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

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