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Understanding the Children's Book Market

Children's literature is a favorite category for many up and coming writers. It is a shared dream, and many writers want to write a children's book. However, it is essential to understand that children's literature is much different from adult literature. Consider a few pieces of advice before you venture into the world of publishing children's books.

When you aspire to write a children's book, read children's books. Understand what these books are about, how they are written, their subject matter and more. Even when you are confident that your reading of Harry Potter as a child will help you write a young adult series today, it won't be much help at all if it has been a decade or more since you've read them. Aspiring children's authors should read children's literature often and become familiar with it as if they were children today.

Go to the library. Although you will find book reviews online and Facebook pages for children's authors and even their books, you need to venture down to your local library to see what children are ready. From picture books to simple and complex chapter novels, the librarian will know what children check out the most and what is typically left on the shelf. If you want to promote your new children's book in your community, your first step should be the library. Librarians, most of all, want to see children reading quality books.

Children's literature is much more than picture books and teaching the ABCs - although parents buy plenty of these books to aid in their little ones' early language development. However, big names such as Twilight or the Hunger Games are major sellers and have helped transform the children's book market into a booming business. Children's books are no longer ignored - publishers understand that these previously underrated books make money.

When it comes to publishing a children's book, remember that there is a renewed focus on library and school sales. Parents want their children to read quality books, and only purchase books of the same quality for school and home. Especially with young adult books, your writing, story, and characters need to be genuine, intelligent, and even complex to truly catch on in the market.

Even the best ideas can flop if they aren't researched or appropriately marketed. When you are looking to publish a children's book, remember that the market is dramatically different - but children can see right through you and want something good to read.