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Writing for Children (Teach Yourself Educational) Paperback – 27 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Books; New edition edition (27 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340867639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340867631
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 802,236 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Allan Frewin Jones has been writing children's novels and children's book series for over twenty years now. He grew up with the James Bond movies and has always been a huge fan of spy stories and espionage. At school, he even managed to convince a few classmates that he was in a Top Secret British Security Team. The Zak Archer books in the Codename Quicksilver series bring that world alive at last. More about the Codename Quicksilver series can be found at

Under the name Frewin Jones he wrote the young adult fantasy series The Faerie Path and the mythological adventure known as Warrior Princess in America and released in the UK as Destiny's Path. In collaboration with the renowned illustrator Gary Chalk (Lonewolf) he wrote an adventure series for younger readers released as Sundered Lands in the UK and The Six Crowns in America. Under the name Sam Hutton his wrote an adventure series called Secret Agents. Allan lives with his wife Claudia and their crazy cat Tallulah in South East London.

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"excellent and professional guide to the genre" -- Writing Magazine

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A new and substantially revised edition of a popular guide to writing all forms of children's literature --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By debs on 27 Oct. 2011
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For years now I have wanted to write a childrens story book and so bought this book as a guide. Its really informative, and covers writing stories/educational material for all ages up to adult, and its proven to be invaluable. It gives in-depth information and suggestions. It also tells you the format for your draft and how to approach a publisher, and all the publishing world do's and dont's. Its covered details I never would have thought of before. A really informative book, I'd recommend it to anyone.
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I found this book very useful to iron out the dos and don'ts before approaching an agent or publisher.
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By primula on 3 July 2014
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very informative, and well written
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Must-Have Book for Children's Book Beginners 28 Feb. 2011
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A friend of mine recommended this book, as we both were planning a book for children project. Both of us have experiences in writing. Formal writing, journalism, or reviews. But no stories for children. We're even beginners in writing prose or short stories, but it was for grown-ups. So we were looking for some reference books on how to write a children's book. We ended with this book.

Write A Children's Book and Get It Published is a very good book. The book remind us on the basic preparations in writing books in general, incl how the industry works. But this book also tells us the many things to be considered when writing a children's book: the language, the format, the illustration, the theme, interesting subject, etc. This book explain everything with simple words, and I find it valuable. The writers of this book are a children's book writer, and a publisher. So you'll get perspectives from both sides. Perhaps some cases in the industry only applies in USA or Europe (as I live in Indonesia), but I believe the basic biz practice is the same (as I'm also close with book publishing world).

The most important last topics are getting ready to present your draft, and getting ready to be dumped and rejected. You'll need this.
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