First off, you have to understand that writing for children is no easier than writing for adults. Some people dodge the adult book market because they think that maybe they will avoid harsh reviews or if you don’t proof read the book as well – that’s OK! – this is terrible thinking.
Often you will see authors who don't put a lot of effort into their books. The description just looks like it has been copied and pasted. The books can be bland and half of the book is dedicated towards the rest of the series. This is not good enough for the younger generation.
Older kids are going to start buying their own books with their pocket money. If you get something for yourself which doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it to, you will probably be disappointed, but how do you think someone is going to feel who only gets a couple of dollars a week.
Non Fiction for Children
There are two schools of thought here – some people say you shouldn’t use words like "check this out" and "guess what". They say you are talking down to kids. However, there are people who will disagree with that because it actually seems to draw the reader in. You can’t get too technical with this one as long as you have your own style. You will begin to see what kids enjoy about your work. They are very honest.
It is important to keep on their level, and this especially applies to children who have a problem concentrating. Younger kids can’t stay focused that long so you have to word it as if you are talking to them. You can tell them to look at certain pictures, graphs or tables as you go along.
You have to start to connect with the reader. The tone you are writing in would obviously not be the same as your average online article. I like to write as if I’m writing to one person – almost as if we are having a conversation. It becomes more personal that way. Kids love pictures and other visuals and most writers will just get their picies off the internet.
This is all well and good, but I think it adds a little bit of a personal touch if you take some yourself. You don’t have to be a professional photographer, but kids will definitely appreciate this.
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How to Write a Story Book
If you are creative enough, you can start to think of something that will keep kids glued to their kindles. Don’t say you can’t do this because there must have been a time when your child, grandchild, niece, nephew etc., has asked, "tell me a story!!” and you had to come up with something – some people find it easier than others, but with practice you will get there. Now you just have to put it on paper.
Here are a couple of pointers with this type of book:
- Know who you are writing for – age is very important here because a 3 year old will use very different vocabulary to that of an 8 year old.
- Younger children will be drawn to picture books so your illustrations need to be good. There should also just be one line here per page. You will need to hire someone to do the graphics, if this is not your thing.
- Decide what age group best suits you. You may find that writing for young adults may be best suited for you, but these are things that you will find out as you go along.
- Really focus on your characters because they should come to life as if kids can actually picture them. Think of the some of the classics that you used to read.
Did you know
The Lord of the Flies was rejected 20 times, Dr. Seuss’s book was rejected 27 times, Harry Potter was rejected – apparently this was too long for a children’s book. Animal Farm was also rejected. There are lots more children's books like this – fortunately these authors persevered – that’s what it is all about :)
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How to Deal with a Bad Kindle Review
You have all got a bad comment. There are many ways of handling one of these, depending on your personality. However, it’s a little more tricky when you are publishing with Kindle because you are not allowed to delete reviews. Sometimes, they will delete your good reviews, but that is another story altogether.
If you are the sensitive type (like myself), then you are going to have problems with this, but it is best just to let it slide. Bad reviews are not necessarily terrible. Many people feel skeptical when they see a 27- 5 star review. Wouldn’t you? I think I would rather have a 4.6 star review opposed to something that is 5 stars all the way through. Nobody is perfect. Everyone has a different opinion and positive criticism is a good thing.
That being said, a one star review is seriously damaging, especially when you have been sailing along nicely. Sometimes your book will never recover again and this usually comes down to competition. I’ll give you an example. My book was doing great and then suddenly I saw no numbers moving, so I moved back to the sales page and there it was.
Is There any Way to Get Rid of a 1 Star Review?
I thought that maybe Amazon would remove the bad language review. It rarely happens – it may happen for you.
Here is what you do:
First of all you can go to the review and report abuse.
However – for the lengthier route:
You need to include the book title with the first sentence of the review as well as the date it was posted. Add the name of the reviewer as well.
The most important thing here, is that you don't let bad reviews get you down!