If you want to write fiction, first you must decide for what age group you’ll write. Will you write for children or adults?
If you want to write for children, please be advised that there are numerous subgenres and age groups in juvenile fiction.
Will you write for toddlers and preschoolers? Then you’re looking at a picture book with fewer than 500 words that takes the child into his very small self-centered world. Unless you’re a trained artist, you probably shouldn’t attempt to do your own illustrations. Let the publishing company choose an illustrator from its stable of artists. He/she will do a fine job with your manuscript. Your main goal should be to write an irresistible story that the editor at the publishing company won’t be able to turn down.
Maybe you’d like to write a manuscript for a picture book styled after Dr. Seuss. Then study Dr. Seuss and his 60 books that are in print. Many of his books are 32 pages long with a manuscript that has several thousand words all cleverly written in perfect rhythm and meter poetry. It’s not as easy as you think.
Perhaps you’d like to write chapter books for six-to-ten-year-old kids. Here you’re looking at a book, usually without illustrations, that has about 64 to 80 pages. Your plot should take that reader from his familiar surroundings to worlds of fantasy and fun.
Then there are the subgenres for tweens and teens. You can write about any topic, any theme, and have well developed characters, plots, and subplots. How many words should you tackle? Anywhere from 30,000 to over 100,000 words. It’s not uncommon to see books of fantasy have at least 500 pages these days.
So get your creative juices flowing and start writing that children’s best-selling fiction story. Your kiddie audience awaits!
Author of the Keystone Stables Series