Hey Just’n Tyme family! As many of you know, I have just completed my first Children’s Book, Justin’s Pumpkin Patch Adventure. The book is intended to be fun and inspire creativity and adventure through learning. The main character, Justin (my son), is an energetic and curious little boy who is anxious to get to the Pumpkin Patch for his special pumpkin-picking experience. While a fiction work, parts of the book were inspired by Justin’s actual field trip to Strawberry Hill USA — a local farm in Spartanburg, SC.
Finalizing and publishing the book has taken up so much of my time lately that I have not had much time to just sit down and blog. While I still have so much more to learn, I wanted to provide you all with some tips that I’ve picked up throughout the book writing process (now that the book is complete and I can breathe a little). I reached out to a few of my author friends to see if they could share their knowledge as well. They were instrumental to me completing my work and I think that any inspiring writer or author will find what they have to share valuable.
While reading through their tips, make sure to check out their most recent work — which is amazing.
Tip 1: Make Sure The Tone Is Appropriate For The Intended Audience
Tamika Prince, Children’s Book Author & Entrepreneur
Make sure the tone is appropriate for the book and its intended audience. While Justin’s Pumpkin Patch Adventure has some educational moments throughout (which I think is highly important), the cheerful and anticipatory tone is what I think makes the book work. It is what will hold the child’s attention. My target audience is small children, so using a formal tone would not have worked well for this story.
Hiring a professional editor can help with this. After submitting my manuscript, my editor provided me with an editorial letter. It included a page by page analysis of the books plot, tone, narration, dialogue, etc. There are different types of editorial services. I would encourage you to at least have an editor proofread your work.
Tip 2: How To Write With A Busy Schedule
Dr. Sonia C. Leverette, Children’s Book Author, Publisher & Speaker
Keep a journal and/or your phone handy. Use the journal to jot down any ideas that you have at anytime. Sometimes, when you sit down to write ideas, they may not always readily flow. However, if you have notes when you’re sitting down, you will be able to compile all of the thoughts that you have had sporadically throughout the week. That’s how I’ve been able to publish with an extremely busy schedule. I have had to piecemeal writings as time allows.
Tip 3: Determine Your Why Before You Start
Carl Sharperson Jr., Author & Leadership Innovation Strategist
Determine your why for writing your book before you start. It could be therapy for you or you may desire to help others through training or teaching. You may even desire to become a million dollar bookseller. Whatever it is, determine your why before you start. This will help you have purpose and be able to quickly determine if you met the goal after the book is published. For me, the process was like having a baby, once I started in labor, I did not want to stop until it was delivered. Also, make sure to have fun in the process.
Tip 4: Research, Seek Advice & Pray For Direction
Derrell L. Dean, Licensed Minister, Singer & Author
Research Your Topic – In making a decision to author a book, especially on a certain topic, you will want to do your research and gather as much as you can individually. This not only builds your knowledge, but you gain knowledge on what others have said about your topic. Strive to be different. No one wants to read something that they’ve already read again just from a new face. Look for new ideas or revelation that would make your book stand out.
Seek Advice – Chances are someone in your scope has done what you’re trying to do or they may have done something similar. Never assume that you know everything. Seek assistance and guidance from someone who has weathered the storm of authoring. Ask them about their journey and process.
Pray For Direction – Don’t forget to seek God at every stage of the endeavor. Praying helps keep your spirit settled as you go along. Ask others that you believe in to agree with you in prayer for the book project. God, by the power of His Spirit, will enable you to do more than you would have ever expected. When you have a sound direction, you can properly execute the assignment before you.
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