my life three things have been important to me - writing, drawing and children.
Those three combined together led me down the path to what I am doing now
- writing and illustrating children's books.
It was not
an easy path, though, and it has taken me a while to find out that this is
what I really want to do. I started off with an M.A. in Media Studies and
Child Development Psychology, and have worked as a journalist for the youth
department of big radio station and as a technical author since. However,
I found that writing children's books is what I really, really want to do,
so now I am pouring all my efforts into this (see Stories
things have started to move and I've just finished illustration a children's
book "Miz Margenon's Jungle", written by Philippa
Roberts and published by Bowbridge
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If you consider
taking up writing seriously, then here are my top tips:
sure this is really what you want to do. Writing
is no easy task. Do not expect your first book to be accepted by the first
publisher you send it to, or that it will be an immediate bestseller. I am
sure this does happen, but it is a bit like winning the jackpot in the lottery
- very, very rare. Many famous writers have said it better than me, "Writing
is 90% perspiration and 10% inspiration".
your genre carefully. Do not choose to write books about a particular
topic because there seems to be a great demand, therefore apparently increasing
your chances to be published. To be good at what you are doing you should
enjoy what you do. Even if there is a great demand, if your writing is not
up to it, nobody will take a chance with your book.
your topics. There is nothing worse than badly researched topics. If you
write a book, for example, about cars, ensure that all your details are correct.
your target audience. Ensure
that you know who your audience is. For example, if you are writing for small
children, using complicated words and long sentences is a definite "no-no".
Therefore, find out what is appropriate for your readers.
the right publisher: Another important step to getting published is to
find a publisher who actually might be interested in your book: go to the
library or your local bookshop and check out books that either share the subject
matter/genre of your book, that target the same age group, or are in any other
way similar to yours.
out other sites on the internet and books on the topic
so you have as much information as you possibly can at your disposal before
you start. There are many mailing lists for writers on the internet (for example,
the Wordpool mailing
list for children's authors) and hundred upon hundreds of books to give
you access to all the information you might need.