a lot of non-fiction books. And I do mean a lot.
Those on similar subjects are often basically the
same, which means I glean virtually no new
information. This book is not one of those.
From the moment I started reading it was obvious
this book was different, that the author had a thorough
understanding of the children’s book industry. And of course, she
Jill McDougall has had over a hundred books
published since 2001, and recently signed a new contract with
international publisher, Walker Books.
Living in South Australia, Jill McDougall teaches
creative writing, and I can fully understand why. As you read your
way through the book her passion and knowledge are blatantly
Jill imparts so many of her secrets that nothing
is left to chance.
explains the various types of books (easy readers, picture books,
chapter books etc) and explains the difference between educational
and trade books, and why you should target both.
This book goes right into brass tacks and guides
you through the process of researching existing books before you
start writing your own.
with all good books for writers, there’s a section on finding
ideas. In addition to the actual finding of ideas – and keeping
them – this section also teaches you a unique way of outlining your
This section alone is worth purchasing the
Jill takes you step-by-step into how she builds
on a very simplistic idea and turns it into a basic outline for her
sat down with my seven-year-old grandson and used this method, and
at the end of the process, with very little prompting from me, he’d
outlined a story for a ‘dragon’ book. I was amazed at how easy it
was to do. (The intention is that together we will write this
Chapter Book in the near future.) There is absolutely no reason you
couldn’t use Jill’s method (or formula as she calls it) to outline
fiction aimed at any age group.
This book is so chocka-block full of
Secrets, that you’ll
be amazed. In addition to answering questions related to the topic,
Jill has provided almost twenty pages of direct links to
publishers’ guidelines. She has tirelessly tracked down children’s
publishers around the globe who accept unsolicited submissions.
This resource will save the writer hours of work especially since
Jill’s links take you directly to the publishers’ submission page –
something that is often hard to find.
When recommending books, people will often tell
you it’s a
gem. In my opinion, Jill
McDougall’s Become a
Children’s Writer is more of a diamond!
About the author: Cheryl Wright is an award-winning Australian
author and freelance journalist. In addition to an array of
other projects, she is the owner of the Writer2Writer.com
website and the Writer to Writer bi-weekly ezine for writers.
Her publications include novels, non-fiction books, short
stories, and articles. To keep up to date with her
publications and new releases, visit Cheryl’s
Click Here to Learn