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Writing a Children's Book: How to Write for Children and Get Published (How to) Paperback – 30 Jan 2004


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books Ltd; 3rd Revised edition edition (30 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857039254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857039252
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.3 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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`Pamela Cleavers shows you how to create characters that will appeal to young readers'
-- Writing Magazine

About the Author

Pamela Cleaver has sold 50,000 copies of her own children's books. Her children's stories have been translated into French, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish.

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78 of 85 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar. 2004
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I found this book to be extremely helpful. It has taught me things that I would never have thought of and has therefore improved my book so much already.
This book gives you so much information that I kept going back to bits and reading them again.
It gives some fantastic advice on the use of the word 'Said' which i found very helpful. I had no idea that trying to replace the word 'said' with other words like 'he smiled' etc can sometimes make you look obviously amateur.
At the end of each chapter, Pamela, gives you some simple helpful exercises to do. These are also helpful & useful to do.
It tells you about all the things that are important in childrens books and thing to avoid. I have thought about buying a book like this one for a while but just didn't know which one to purchase as there are so many. I am really glad i chose this one and I definately recommend it to all you budding writers out there. I would say this book was a necessity to your writing. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was easy to understand and made me realise things I had never even thought of before.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Shakushi on 28 July 2006
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As a writer, I was given a book by my mother and aunt that showed me how to get started in writing. Whilst it covered the basics, I found it to be long winded and boring at times. This book is none of that. It is straight to the point, informative and treats you with respect.

The word 'said', as the other reviewer mentioned, is dealt with wonderfully. Also, there is a nice piece of advice that should be common sense to thesaurus-bashers like Paolini - do NOT use overly complicated words when writing for children. I once got told to edit out the word 'catharsis', so you can see what I mean. It is also wonderful in teaching you how to edit. My first chapter was 4900+ words. After reading this book, I edited it and it came down to 3300. The chapter reads MUCH better.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Claudia M. D. Vasconcelos on 9 Feb. 2007
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Very basic and most of the tips you can guess without reading it if you have tried to write for children. I shouldn't have read the reviews because it was quite disapointing to me. If you are looking for some real useful tips on how to improve your method of writing to children, this is not the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Delorean1 on 17 Sept. 2013
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Good little book, with plenty of good tips about writing children's books. Also contains websites, where you can even contact the author, or other writers. Also gives information about how to present and send your book to publishers. Very easy to understand and does not go into very technical detail. It encourages anyone who has always wanted to write a book to have a go, it just takes a bit of your own imagination, time to get it right and the ability to think like a child, to succeed.
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By Ms. M. Bundy on 16 Dec. 2012
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A very explanatary book, I am interested in writing a book of my own and this helps me with writing
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Debbie on 29 Jan. 2013
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The author uses a typewriter! I kid you not. Go and have a look. No, don't bother it's not worth the money. She hasn't twigged that 80% of literary agents now accept manuscripts online and many have a facility for uploading your masterpiece straight to their website. Isn't technology wonderful. Makes you wonder about the rest of her advice though, especially on current trends in content.
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