on April 15, 2001
I have often thought about writing children's books and bought Tracey Dils' book "You Can Write Children's Books" because I thought it might help me to do that. On first exposure it seemed that all it did was make me feel disinclined to do any such thing. On second reading, it made me more realistic about the venture. What I believe it definitely does is provide one with the necessary basics for writing books for a younger audience: professional style and technique, selection of appropriate venue, cover letters, submission formats, etc. It also helps one define just what type of book one would like to write by providing one with thematic writing exercises and self-examination questions.
I was a non-reader until well into the 4th grade when my teacher began to read to the class. Until that time I had been totally underwhelmed by the contents of most of my readers. Frankly I could have cared less about Dick and Jane. In that one year I went from the simple books designed for 4th graders to "Queen Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada," a junior high level book. The key had been INTEREST! Through the efforts of this one teacher, I learned the crucial fact that there were books out there about topics that interested me personally.
Knowing how I felt as a child learning to read, I will probably try my hand at composing books on subjects that help younger readers develop their interests. It would certainly be a good way for me to use some of the education I've acquired over the years. It will also give me a good reason to research new topics. I may not be successful at getting myself into print, but I bet I have a good time trying. Thank you Miss Dils.
on October 3, 1999
The author explains, step by step, all the ins and outs of writing childrens books. I,m especially happy with the list of organizations and groups for professional writers. This would have taken me months to ferret out. I have already started my first book thanks to Tracy.
on June 26, 2004
I found this book very helpful in outlining the begining to end steps of writing, as well as submitting, stories for children. It is written in a layman's easy-to-absorb manner & lays everything out for the reader step by step. It is also very encouraging along the way!