How to Write Stories for Children & Get Paid

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Children's books are full of fairy tales, adventure, moral lessons and educational information. Writers of children's books are usually creative people who have a talent for making up stories that captivate children's interests and spark their imagination. If you enjoy telling stories, your next step is to start writing them down on paper. You don't need a special college degree or experience writing books, only a good grasp of the English language and imaginative ideas. You may even want to start your own business writing children's books.

Instructions

Study the market. Go to book stores and libraries and read through the most popular books and current bestsellers. Compare these books and jot down themes, topics and other common information.

Research different areas in children's publishing and find out what's hot. Non-fiction, easy reading, horror and multicultural stories are areas that some publishers often seek. You can also ask publishers for their guidelines and current catalogs. This will allow you to study the types of books that are being published.

Improve your writing skills. If you have never written children's stories, it may be helpful to take a creative writing course or join a writing group. These classes focuses on grammar use, writing styles and techniques and editing.

Write a story that will catch the eyes of children and publishers (only if you choose not to self-publish). You can write short stories, mysteries or puzzles and games books. Try to make your characters memorable for children, or make them someone they can relate to.

Decide if you want to self-publish or find a publisher. Some people choose to self-publish as there are large amounts of resources available. Writing and publishing tools are available that give a professional look to your work. You may choose to make money writing and publishing personalized children's books. The publishing tools allow you to insert each child's name in your stories. These books make good gifts. If a publisher is more suitable for you, research publishers before spending a lot of money on publishing fees to make sure they are reputable. It may take several attempts before one publisher accepts your work.

Promote your book. Every book may not sell immediately. However, you can promote your book by doing book readings at libraries, book stores, day care centers or other functions where there are many children. Making money from your children's stories may take time and patience.

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About the Author

Since 2007, Jophiel Aurora has written articles on environmental issues, vegetarianism, travel and animal rights for Web sites like eHow, Answerbag and LIVESTRONG.COM. Aurora is also a writer for Animal World: Our Co-Inhabitants, an online program. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in computer information systems from Georgia State University.

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