Write a Marketable Children’s Book in 7 Weeks
Landgon Street Press
Shirley Raye Redmond and Jennifer McKerley
Review: The Children’s Writing Update From Children’s Book Insider, the newsletter for children’s writers, edited by Jon Bard:
As you might imagine, we get many press releases and review copies of "how to" books for children's writers. Most are "just OK", but once in a rare while we see a real winner and decide to add it to our product line. And this is most certainly one of them. "Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks" does exactly what the title promises: it breaks down the daunting task of crafting a children's book into seven thoughtfully designed chunks. It's so wonderfully simple and well-planned our first reaction was "Why didn't we think of this?"
Review by Sara Schultz, March 26, 2011 "Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks"
An absolute "must have" for all children's book writers!: "Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks" has been the Bible for me in this process. This is the first time I am attempting to write a book and get published. This book has been such a great guide with plenty of vital information, yet not so much that it's overwhelming. Don't even waste your time reading all those other guides on writing for children. This tells you exactly what you need to know and guides you through the process from start to finish without wasting your time.
Review by Judy Miller. August 15, 2011 for Story Circle Book Reviews, reviewing books by, for, and about women
"Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks" is actually Redmond and McKerley's writing course in a book format. Their promise is that if a writer follows the steps they outline he or she will have learned what it takes to create a marketable children's book and have a completed manuscript. Redmond and McKerley are encouraging and easy to follow.
I'm a published writer and author who aspires to create something in which I haven't dabbled--a children's book. So, of course when I saw the title of this book, I was intrigued. Could a marketable children's book be written within seven weeks?
"Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks" asserts that a focused and highly motivated writer can indeed do this by following the guidelines within this how-to format. Redmond and McKerley give a nice overview of how to break into the market and state that success will hinge on a commitment of fifteen hours each week. Their overview is about non-fiction; however, it can be applied to fiction writing as well.
Redmond and McKerley break down the children's market and outline how to research information about market competition, how to plot (with great examples) and grab kids' attention, how to develop characters and dialogue, and how to market the book once it is written and polished. They also provide several queries at the end of the book.
In case you're wondering...I've only completed the first lesson, reading the book in its entirety. I plan to work through the course as soon as my kids have returned to school. I'm excited about the prospect!