What are the different types of books for children and teenagers?

What are the different types of books for children and teenagers? 

When you first start in the children publishing industry, whatever your role is, the abundance of information can be overwhelming. Kids’ books illustration and book writing can be a difficult task if you don’t understand the different types of children’s books. As a writer or an illustrator, you want to sound as professional as possible, especially when looking for a publisher.  Knowing the answer to the question “What genre is your book?” is crucial in this business. In this article, we will explain the different types of kids’ books and how to identify them.

We will classify them according to the reader’ age, starting with the youngest group.

Board Books

Board book childrens book

The youngest of this family are Board Books. Board Books, also called infant, toddler or baby books are destined for children aged 0 to 3. Their entire design, starting from illustrations, text and colour palette, all the way to their size and the type of paper used are meant to attract the attention of infant readers and to resist tear, dirt, food or chewing. Specifically, Board Books are made of thick paperboard with a glossy finish. They are small in size, typically 6×6 inches to fit small hands and they usually have a square shape, with die-cut rounded corners.

Topics vary, but they mostly teach early learning concepts like colours, numbers, the alphabet, animals or other simple early life concepts. The plot should be very simple with basic vocabulary. Lengthwise, they stand around 12 pages and under 300 words. As Board books are for pre-emergent readers with a very short attention spam, the book’s illustration is more important than the text. Therefore, when considering this type of children’s book, illustration pricing and quality is the number one aspect to focus on.  As some Board Books are even wordless, the priority is to create bright colourful pages to keep very young readers engaged.

Board Books may use additional features to ensure engagement from toddlers like: lift-the flaps, “touch and feel”, finger tabs, pop-ups, or books that make sounds. Even the shape of the book can be altered to create interest; thus, books can be in the shape of its main subject (shape of a fruit, of a letter, of a house etc.)

Picturebooks

4-copyPicturebooks are for emergent readers and early readers, with a slightly higher attention span and the ability to sit still for longer. Generally, this means readers between 4 and 8 years old. They are called Picturebooks because, much like the previous type, illustrations are extremely important. Although text is longer than in Board Books, between 400 to 900 words, the proper illustrations are indispensable and without them the text would be incomplete. It’s safe to say that the text and the book’s illustrations play an equal role.The common practice is for every page of a Picturebook to be illustrated, using varied media techniques , from water colour, acrylic and colour pencils to photography and digital illustration.

When it comes to size, the only compulsory requirement is that the number of pages be a multiple of 8. The standard length is 32 pages, but publishers may accept 6, 24, 32, 40, or 48 pages. Why a multiple of 8? That is because of the technical aspect of book printing: in the case of Picturebooks, 2 pages are actually printed on a single, large sheet of paper which is later folded and bound to create the pages of the book as we know them.

Another interesting technical aspect of Picturebooks is that they can come in 3 different shapes: vertical books with a size of 8×10 inches, square books of 8×8 inches or horizontal books sized 10×8 inches.

Topic wise, Picturebooks deal with a wide range of subjects. However, the main character is usually a child or an animal that the  emergent reader can identify with, only rarely using adult characters. 

There are different types of Picturesbooks, such as rhyming, rebus, multicultural, wordless, concept, or picture storybooks. The latter is usually confusing, so we will explain it next.

Picture Storybooks or Story Picturebooks

gabby1Publishers and people in the industry use the terms “Picturebooks” for Picture Storybooks as well, so it is up to you to understand what they mean. If they are referring to a children’s book longer than 900 words, they mean a Picture Storybook.

This is basically just a longer kind of Picturebook; normally a Picturebook over 900 words become a Picture Storybook. They are a level higher than Picturebooks not just in length, but also in the level of the vocabulary used and the complexity of the plot. They are addressed to the higher spectrum of the age group 3 to 8 and they don’t rely on illustrations as much. Storybook illustrations here are typically seen every other page, while text can occupy the largest part (or the whole) of a page. Illustrations are reduced in this case as their role is no longer of an integral part of the story, but rather as a means of holding the reader’s attention. Your manuscript can go up to 2000 words or 9 pages, but definitely not beyond. In this case of this particular children’s book, more is not necessarily better.

Easy Readers or Beginning readers

A Picture Storybook example

Also called “easy-to-read” books, they target young kids who are just starting to read on their own, aged 6 to 8. The structure is still simple and the story is mainly told through dialogue and actions, with very little description. Expect simple grammar from this type of kids illustration books on topics the young readers can identify with, such as sports, school life, friends, family, pets and so on. Easy readers books are meant to be a passage point from kids books to more adult books, like chapter books. Thus, they are a bit longer in words and pages. We are talking about a maximum of 3500 words and anywhere between 32 to 64 pages. Similar to Picture Storybooks, illustrations are not crucial anymore, they are present every other page as a way of holding the child’s interest. Publishers will be particularly interested in this kind of books as they are often used in educational institutions, having different reading levels.

Chapter books

With chapter books we reach the independent reading stage, meaning children between the ages of 7 and 10. As they enter this stage, being able to read  longer and more complex texts makes the young readers feel grown up. Although paragraphs stay short (2 to 4 lines), chapters have more complicated plot, advanced vocabulary and complex sentences. As the length increases (4000 to 12,000 words), chapters often end in suspense to keep the reader engaged. Illustrations are optional and when they do exist, they are scarce and designed in black and white.

Pay attention to some other specific formatting details regarding Chapter Books like large print size, chapters as short as 2-3 pages and the possibility of writing a series (chapter books are often written as series).

Middle Grade Novels

The next category of children’s books are Middle Grade Novels. These are also regarded as pre-teen novels ( targeted ages are 8-12 yo) and they stretch between 25,000 to 40,000 words. The length of these books may vary a lot more than the previous ones however, depending on publisher and genre. They cover a wide range of genres such as speculative fiction and fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction or non-fiction. Chapters are longer than Chapter books, plots are more complex and themes can be quite sophisticated. We will now encounter sub plots, secondary characters and normally no illustrations. When they do carry illustrations, they are called “Illustrated books”. Series novels are popular, where each follow up book uses roughly the same characters as the previous ones.

Young Adults Novels

Young Adults Novels are the last type of children’s books, from an age perspective. These novels address teens aged 12 and higher. Topics are similar to Middle Grade Novels, but word count is longer (40,000 to 70,000 or sometimes even 120,000 for historical sci-fi novels). The main characteristic of YA Novels is that the main characters and most secondary characters are typically teenagers that the reader can identify with or aspire to. Mingled with the main topic before mentioned (speculative fiction and fantasy, historical fiction, science fiction, non-fiction) we always find a theme that addresses teen issues such as dating and sexuality, mental health, self-discovery or darker themes like substance abuse, bullying or violence.

Anthologies and short story collections

Unless you are already an established author, it might be difficult to find a publisher interested in short stories. If you are truly set on writing short stories, they should all be on the same vocabulary/ grammar level and be targeting a certain age group by being at the same reading level. Common topics throughout the entire anthology/ collection are also not unusual. 

Visul verde al planetei albastre a devenit realitate

Un proiect Lumea lui Fram, ursul polar, finanțat de AFCN și Deveo Studio

Carte de poezii ecologice pentru copii

Aici planeta albastră. Îmi doresc un viitor verde și fericit pentru toți oamenii, viețuitoarele și plantele care trăiesc pe și sub pământ, în văzduh sau în adâncul apelor. Sunt bucuroasă că mesajul meu a căpătat forma unei cărți de poezii cu teme ecologice pentru copiii de 3-7 ani, dar și pentru părinții, bunicii, profesorii, cititorii de toate vârstele care iubesc poezia și natura. Visul verde al planetei albastre, de Iulia Burtea, cu ilustrații de Anna Benczédi,a prins contur în Lumea lui Fram, ursul polar, cu sprijinul Administrației Fondului Cultural Național (AFCN) și al Deveo Studio, un studio de ilustratori din inima Transilvaniei.

Micuții cititori mă vor descoperi ca pe o adevărată parteneră de joacă, cu chef de vorbă și cu o pasiune declarată pentru rime. Beau în fiecare dimineață ceai de tei cu Soarele, tușesc puf-puf și îmi păstrez amintirile la „obiecte pierdute”. Nu mă sfiesc să le povestesc – cu candoare, pe înțelesul lor – despre problemele mele arzătoare, precum încălzirea globală sau poluarea. Adulții vor recunoaște în subtext teme extrem de actuale, precum topirea alarmantă a ghețurilor din Groenlanda sau incendiile extinse din pădurea amazoniană. De asemenea, vom explora împreună soluții dintre cele mai variate, cum ar fi consumul responsabil, reciclarea sau folosirea surselor alternative de energie. Toate acestea se reflectă în versurile fresh ale Iuliei Burtea și în ilustrațiile de o frumusețe stranie realizate de Anna Benczédi.

Partenerul meu de dialog preferat este Fram, ursul polar, creat de scriitorul Cezar Petrescu și devenit în timp cel mai simpatic personaj românesc pentru copii. Fram s-a reinventat în ultimii ani prin intermediul proiectului Lumea lui Fram, ursul polar (www.lumealuifram.ro), clădindu-și propriul imperiu de drăgălășenie și activism ecologic în peisajul cărților românești pentru copii (www.curteaveche.ro/index.php?route=product/search&search=fram). Mai mult decât atât, micuții se vor întâlni în filele cărții cu dragoni de smog, balauri de petrol, un peștișor de aur care are o listă proprie de dorințe și chiar cu Moș Crăciun, care nu face numai daruri, ci și un delicios magiun de prune.

Cartea Visul verde al planetei albastre realizată cu sprijinul AFCN va fi distribuită gratuit în mai multe grădinițe din țară, cu ajutorul AsociațieiReality Check (www.realitycheck.ro/), dar și în cadrul Institutului Oncologic „Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuţă” Cluj-Napoca și al Spitalului Clinic de Urgență pentru Copii Cluj-Napoca, prin implicarea Fundației Părinți din România (http://www.parintiromania.ro/). În curând, va putea fi descărcată și în format e-book.

Aflat abia în punctul în care se ivește de dincolo de linia orizontului, proiectul Visul verde al planetei albastre va surprinde în continuare cu o serie de noutăți, știri și idei istețe. Toți cei care vor să participe la destinul acestui proiect verde și rimat sau să urmărească evoluția lui sunt așteptați aici: www.facebook.com/UrsulFram, www.facebook.com/DeveoStudio, www.lumealuifram.ro și www.deveostudio.com. De asemenea, la adresa de e-mail comunicare@deveostudio.com puteți solicita mai multe informații, puteți lua legătura cu inițiatorii proiectului, cu autoarea și cu ilustratoarea cărții.

Cele mai verzi gânduri,

Planeta Albastră

 

Mai multe informații negru pe alb din partea planetei albastre

Iulia Burtea este o scriitoare cu licență în Istoria mentalităților și diplomă de master în Litere. Face parte din echipa care a creat seria Fram Educațional (Curtea Veche, 2019), iar poveștile ei pentru copii apar în fiecare număr al revistei Călătoriile lui Erus (Editura Univers, 2019). Este editorul cărților de nutriție și lifestyle Capcanele dietelor. Dietă pe viață sau stil de viață? (Editura ALL, 2018) și Capcanele mâncatului emoțional. Slăbitul – o provocare fizică sau mentală? (Editura ALL, 2019), de Dr. Laura Ene. Cât timp a scris poeziile pentru Visul verde al planetei albastre, a devorat un număr impresionant de mere, prune și gutui bio. Răspunde cu inimioare și cuvinte din inimă la mesaje pe www.facebook.com/iuliaburtea.

Anna Júlia Benczédi este ilustratoare și comic book artist.Fratele ei a învățat-o să se cațere în copaci, iar prietena ei cea mai bună a ghidat-o în arta desenului. Chiar dacă nu mai știe să se urce în copaci, iubește să deseneze natura și își dorește să întâlnească o vidră în mediul ei natural. A contribuit cu benzi desenate în Glorioasa fanzină și Urban Comics Made in Cluj, și este coautoarea romanului grafic Știma apelor. Visul verde al planetei albastre i-a îndeplinit visul multicolor de a lucra la o carte ilustrată autohtonă. Face parte din Deveo Studio, un studio de ilustratori din Cluj-Napoca, care colaborează cu autori din întreaga lume, iar lucrările ei pot fi admirate pe www.annabenczedi.com.

Deveo Studio reunește o echipă de ilustratori din Cluj-Napoca ale căror creații dau viață sutelor de cărți, romane grafice, comic books și miilor de minute animate 2D sau 3D care fac deliciul publicului din întreaga lume. Statele Unite ale Americii, Canada, Australia, Noua Zeelandă, Coreea de Sud, Japonia, Norvegia, Olanda, Marea Britanie, Grecia, Germania, Irlanda și, bineînțeles, Romania, sunt țările de pe harta portofoliului Deveo Studio, care astăzi însumează peste 400 de proiecte finalizate cu succes. www.deveostudio.com

Lumea lui Fram® este un proiect educativ creat de Deveo Studio care reunește ateliere de lectură pentru copiii din grădinițe și școli, piesa de teatru multimedia „Cum am devenit celebru” (regia Diana Bonțidean)și cărțile Aventurile lui Fram, ursul polar, volumele I și II, care prezintă povestea din romanul lui Cezar Petrescu adaptată de Adrian Barbu și ilustrată de Alexandra Abagiu pentru copiii preșcolari (Editura Curtea Veche, 2018); cărțile educative în versuri Fram în lumea fructelor și a legumelor, de Iulia Burtea, Fram în lumea culorilor și a formelor, de Anca Stănescu și Iulia Burtea, ambele cu ilustrații de Oana Cocheci și Alexandra Abagiu (Editura Curtea Veche, 2019); cărțile de dezvoltare emoțională Fram la grădiniță și Fram în lumea emoțiilor și a întunericului, semnate de psiholoaga Irina Forgaciu, ilustrate de Alexandra Abagiu (Editura Curtea Veche, 2019). www.lumealuifram.ro

A story to make you understand and support your friends who have allergies

Children like stories. It is the most natural thing, like liking cake. Our passion for stories is very beneficial, it expands our inner horizons, it relaxes us, it inspires and entertains us. Also, stories can be the most charming little pretext to learn something new and useful.
Let’s rewind a little. Actually, no matter how delicious cake may be, it isn’t as good as stories. Not just cake, but food in general can hurt us to the point of endangering our lives. And we are not even factoring in the healthy nutrition aspect when we say this. To be specific, we are referring to food allergies, which are medical conditions that impact the quality of life, and, when not properly managed, can endanger it.


Laura, who is a founding member of the Romanian Association for Allergy Education (A.R.E.A) and mother to a little boy with food allergies, offered us the chance to create a story for the purpose of raising public awareness about food allergies. And we were more than happy to join her cause. Thus was born the little illustrated book on Ada and Bogdan, written for 3 year-olds (https://www.educatie-alergii.ro/scurta-poveste-explicativa-a-alergiilor-alimentare-pentru-prietenii-fara-alergii-alimentare-indiferent-de-varsta/). Together we have been able to outline an appealing and creative starting point for a conversation we should have with our children, parents, grandparents, and friends. The reason is simple: it can save lives.


For individuals affected by food allergies presenting the risk of severe reactions, concrete and accurate information is essential. A.R.E.A organizes and carries out events directed at raising public awareness on the issue of allergies and the impact these have on the quality of life. These events do not exclusively focus on preventative measures against allergic reactions, but also on intervention procedures in emergency situations.
How do such allergies manifest? They take the shape of exaggerated, unaccountable, and unexpected defense reactions our organism takes against foods we normally eat. Of course, there are also other types of allergies, such as to certain substances we come into contact with via the objects we touch or through the air we breathe.


Unfortunately, the number of children experiencing allergic reactions is constantly on the rise. It is not at all a pleasant thing, for example, to go into a low-energy, uncomfortable, flu-like state after eating a simple slice of cake. Your nose runs often and you cough a lot. Your skin itches as if you were under attack by a swarm of hungry mosquitoes. But things get truly worse when you turn into a soft, squishy, distended teddy bear with serious breathing difficulties and in need of emergency medical monitoring.


Bogdan, our character, has been through these kinds of experiences often. But he learned from his mother how allergies can be managed, and now he is perfectly ready to share his experience with other children. Following his example, we also decided to tell you everything we discovered working together with Laura and with A.R.E.A, in the hope that this information will prove useful to you.

What is the connection between Beato the tomcat and Deveo Studio?

This will be a tough mission, since we won’t be stopping at the super obvious fact that the charismatic tomcat Beato’s vertiginous rise in popularity is due to his visual look. The people behind the illustrations for the “Beato Goes To” children’s books series are none other than our colleagues at Deveo Studio, Alexandra Abagiu and Oana Vaida.
The author Sucheta Rawal was born in Candigargh, India, and currently resides in Atlanta, in the state of Georgia, in the United States of America. In between these endpoints, however, there exists a whole range of other places which Sucheta has visited and loved. It is no wonder then that she has undertaken to share her travel experiences with young readers! This is how the series “Beato Goes To” came to be, as a challenge for 4-7 year-olds, or even for 47 and 74 year-olds. The only prerequisite for enjoying these discoveries are to have a young heart and to be driven by an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Her characters and the curiosities presented in her texts are inspired from the varied and fascinating realities inhabited by people from several parts of the planet.
To make things more exciting, she created an alter-ego for herself, which she then sent out to trek the world far and wide. Beato began as a simple domestic tomcat, comfortably settled in a suburban Atlanta home. Subsequently, however, he became an ardent traveler, exploring places like Greenland, Israel, Indonesia, Japan, Brazil. This punctuates an important similarity to Deveo Studio itself, whose creations also reached many points on the world map: the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Japan, Norway, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Romania.
In each place he visits, Beato becomes acquainted with the local animal species, he learns about the way people live there, and tastes the most bizarre dishes. His sense of adventure also characterizes us at Deveo. More specifically, art-venture is our main specialty, and this explains how we are able to navigate a multiplicity of illustration and animation styles with so much ease.
Finally, let us not neglect one more essential similarity between Beato and Deveo, especially since it is favorable to us. Both the traveling tomcat and we at Deveo believe that Sucheta is very right in her assessment that we are the best team ever!

How to Find a Publisher for Your Book Script

So many writers think they have what it takes to become a published author and win their place in the spotlight, but sadly most of them don’t ever make it that far. Most often the problem isn’t a lack of talent or writing skill, but a lack of knowledge about how and where to go to get their book published. It’s disappointing that so many potentially great books are sitting around never to be read because the author couldn’t get it published. In an attempt to stop this literary tragedy, we’ve explained below some of the key components of getting your book published. Pay attention, because we don’t want to lose anymore great books that just haven’t gotten published!

The very first thing you need to do, although pretty obvious, is write your entire book. Publishers are looking for someone they know can complete an entire book, so it’s necessary to finish the whole thing before sending it in. This is most important for first-time authors who haven’t been published before, because you need to create a sense of trust and responsibility. If you turn in half of a manuscript, publishers will doubt your ability to finish an entire book, and it will all be for nothing!

Once you’ve finished your whole book, you must decide if you want to go through an agent or go directly to the publisher. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, and every author has a different priority. It’s up to you to do the research and become fully confident in your decision.

Whether you decide to go through an agent or directly to the publisher, you need to find the one that specializes in your genre/style of book. You wouldn’t want to bring your historical fiction book to a publisher who’s only interested in science fiction! Again, it’s necessary for you to do your own research here about publishers or agents near you, which ones suit you, etc. Once you’ve found “the one,” send in a query letter. In this you need to introduce yourself, your book, and write a brief summary of the book. Make sure this has no grammatical or spelling errors! Everything depends on whether the agent or publisher is impressed by your query letter, so it must be in tip-top shape. If they are impressed, they’ll ask you to send in your manuscript, and then they’ll make their final decision of whether or not to publish it (or take you on as a client if you’re sending it to an agent). Make sure everything you send in is proofread and edited by family or friends, that way you send in the best quality possible. If your book is accepted, you’re well on your way to a successful career as an author, and getting your books published will just get easier every time!

Top 10 children’s books of all time

When it comes to our children’s education, we want the best. Along time, parents have been looking for books that the little ones will love and also learn from. To honor the best books who have successfully managed to bring both, and were adored by millions, we put together a list of Top 10 children’s books of all time.

1. Charlotte’s Web written by E. B. White and illustrated by Garth Williams tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his special friendship with Charlotte, the spider. Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered; to save him, Charlotte writes messages in her web praising the pig, to convince the farmer of how special Wilbur is.

2. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs is one of the most popular stories ever written (by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith). It tells the story of the 3 little pigs from the perspective of Alexander T. Wolf. He runs out of sugar and goes to his pig neighbours to borrow some. They all say no and, after an accidental sneeze, he blows down the houses of two pigs, and then eats them. The third pig’s house is made out of bricks, so he’s saved and A. Wolf goes to jail.

3. Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon is the ultimate bedtime story. Written for children from 0 to 3 years, this little hero is saying goodnight to all things around him “Goodnight room. Goodnight moon. Goodnight cow jumping over the moon”.

4. There is no child born after the 1930’s who hasn’t read or watched A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh. Funny, innocent and  eager to learn, this teddy bear and his friends make the cutest story that your kid will absolutely adore.

5. Imagination and fantasy reach a new meaning after the publishing of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. J.K. Rowling, introduced us to a boy wizard in this fist book of a series and, after seven more, she became one of best-selling authors on this planet.

6. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is a children’s book written for adults. The little prince falls to Earth to meet the author, who has crashed his plane. He retells the story of his life, his travels on other planets and the strange creatures he met. This novel is the 3rd most-translated book in the world.

7. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C S Lewis. When Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy – step through a strange wardrobe door, they find themselves in Narnia,  the land of talking animals and mythical  creatures. Best suited for children over the age of 7, it can be the delight of adult-fantasy-lovers as well.

8. Dear Zoo, this story about a little boy who is looking for the perfect pet will open doors to your child’s learning. Making a game out of finding the perfect pet, Rod Campbell gives you all the tools for fun learning.

9. Where the wild things are is a children’s picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The story focuses on  a boy named Max who’s bedroom undergoes a mysterious transformation into a jungle environment. After successfully intimidating the creatures, Max is hailed as the king of the Wild Things
10. The Hobbit, this fantasy story has delighted readers ever since its first publication in 1937. J R R Tolkien was awarded a prize for best juvenile fiction thanks to this story of the hobbit who lived in a hole in the ground.

Are you looking to illustrate your own book and become a Top Seller ? Dont hesitate to contact us.

What is the status of the children’s book market in 2015

In the past years, the Children’s Book Publishing industry has been encountering challenges like competition from new technologies and the postrecessionary income problems. Children’s literacy remained important enough that even the slightest gains in disposable income brought greater demand for children’s books. From 2013 to 2014, print juvenile books experienced 12.8% sales growth. 2015 has seen more social media engagement and activity from businesses, but it has not replaced traditional book marketing. Marketers learned and will continue to learn to use them in colaboration with one another.

The European children’s book market has stagnated, in contrast with the US, Chinese, Brasilian  or Australian market that have increased sales, some up to 28%(Brasil). In China (where children’s sales are a smaller proportion than in the West) total unit sales were up 3%, but children’s units grew by 10%.  Why? Some of the reasons are local; for instance, the relaxation of family size legislation in China might have influenced their growth in sales of children’s books.

Another important aspect of the 2015 market is that children start reading e-books more and more often, and from younger ages.  In 2014 we have seen that 21% of purchased books are e-books. The sale of e-books has tripled for the past 4 years, starting from 7 % in 2011. In spite of this growth of eBooks readers, print books remain the touchstone for children and families.

As a writer, editor or illustrator, you should take the following numbers into consideration: approximately 27% of children’s books are bought by adults without any children and not as a gift. In 2011, five of the U.S. top 20 bestselling children’s books fell into the Young Adults category. In 2014, 11 of the top 20 were also Young Adults . Shocking, but true 80% of YA books are bought by adults for themselves to read.

A survey by Jonathan Nowell has shown that the ranking of books in children’s life decreases with age. From age 0 to 10, children still prefer printed books in favor of toys and TV.  The age sector from 11 to 13 puts the book at the bottom of their priorities, after TV, mobile phones, computer games and live games. Finally, the majority of 14 to 17 years old  teens no longer find interest in reading (at least not on paper), as they are drawn into the social media life. Here comes the biggest challenge- finding a way to make young adults books attractive for the 11 to 17 age sector.

Even so, with teenagers’ absence in the book market, children’s share of overall print books are quite high: 34% in the UK, 37% in the US, 18% in China.

Top sites where you can self publish your e-book

The e-book market is developing rapidly and publishing houses have started to integrate options to publish on paper and/ or online into their offers. If you don’t want to spend money on a publishing house or you think they might not fully respect your concept, here are some of the best websites where you can self-publish your book.

To be noted that Amazon offers 70 percent royalty (which means profit) for authors with books priced between $2.99 and $9.99; otherwise, the rate kicks down to 35 percent. Amazon’s publishing platform is Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP). The platform provides incentives for authors who decide to offer their works exclusively on Amazon. This service called KDP Select offers authors financial rewards and plenty of benefits as long as they publish their books exclusively on Amazon for at least 90 days.As for your cover and possible illustrations, you could try to do it yourself, though if you’re not a designer, it would be better to hire a professional illustrator.

The Create Space slogan “Publish your words, your way” pretty much sums upt their publishing style. This platform brings to the table the whole package: free tools, design, editing and marketing services, wide distribution and permanent help available from real professionals. Not only manufacturing and shipping is taken care of, but your book is always (and we do mean always) in-stock. Your profit is calculated depending on your book size, complexity and distribution place-of your choice. Take a look at their website and see if it “speaks ” to you.

iBookstore store is an e-book application by Apple. Here, you can upload your e-book directly, but you do have to fill out an application and it’s a bit of a longer process. This website is great because it can also display e-books with multimedia content. iBookstore is the heaven of iPad books.

Smashwords.com is one of the first e-book online publishers with over 125.000 titles. This website not only allows authors to publish their book, but it also has tools to help you create it: you upload your Word document, your cover and press a button. In a few minutes, the Smashwords Meatgrinder will provide you with your own brand-new book. Smashwords also gives writers the option of selling the book on their own website or distribute it to some of the major e-book sellers(here mentioned).

Barnes & Noble’s PubIt. With the amazing reputation of Barnes & Noble, this seems like the perfect place to sell your “baby”. It sets the rate at 65% profit for authors that price their books between 2.99$ and 9.99$, and the percent lowers to 40% if you go either lower or higher than these limits. Barnes & Noble’s PubIt includes a free conversion tool that takes your files of any kind and automatically converts it to an EPUB file, which you then upload to their eBookstore.

BookBaby has often described itself as ‘a team of authors, poets, bloggers, and artists’ who have put together an e-book distribution network and various publishing services. Unlike other big publishing platforms, BookBaby is ready to offer a wide range of design, layout tools and many kind of support services for file creation and production. The great part is that this team has packages with the option of distributing your e-book on other publishing titans websites (Apple iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker & Taylor, eSentral, Scribd and PagePusher).

How to find a good publisher for your children’s book writer

Publishing a book is a serious, challenging process. In order for your vision to be well-represented and for a good collaboration with your publisher, there a few things you need to analyse before submitting your manuscript.

Firstly and most importantly, you need to determine the age range of your audience. Is your manuscript for toddlers, mid-grade children or young adults? Some publishers have a better understanding of one sector of the market than the other. Do you need a publisher that cand also offer illustration services or is your book picture free? After having determined who is your book destined for, you should now figure out the genre of your children’s book. Is it fiction, non-fiction, nature, concept, religious, adventure, history, contemporary, humor, folktale or educational? It doesn’t just have to be one type; genres can be combined resulting multiple possiblities, such as a non-fiction history book or a fiction adventure book.

Now that you have a clear image of what type of manuscript you have, it’s time to search for the publishers who print what you have to offer. The worst thing you can do is randomly call publishing houses, without a clear picture of what they publish. It will be a waste of time and money. You must hunt for publishers that WANT book. Look at the books each publisher has released. Are they anything like yours? Do you think they publish quality books? If the answer is yes, go find some of these books and READ them. It might seem like a lot of trouble just for finding the right publisher, but you know what? Good things don’t come easily. You MUST read the publishers’ books to know the flavor and style of the publishing house.

When you have the publishers list in front of you, it’s time to prepare your submission. Make sure your manuscript has no grammar faults, number your pages, use a readable font and print it on high quality-paper. If you want to be taken seriously, your sumission has to be very professional. Write a descriptive statement for your book and include in your cover letter. The letter does not replace the manuscript, but it can arouse the editor’s interest in reading it.

In a perfect world, you might think that if you write well, you will be sure to succed. The truth is that smart marketing will make the difference between a wannabe writer and a published author. Don’t just chose a publisher, chose THE RIGHT PUBLISHER for your book.

7 Tips on Choosing a Suitable Illustration Style for Your Children’s Book

Finding the perfect style of illustration for your children’s book can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve never done it before. Most people don’t even know where to begin, and what should be a fun and creative process turns into a dreaded and draining one. Below we’ve listed seven tips to help make this process easier and fun once again.

  1. Find books with similar stories and plots and look at the illustration styles used in those. Obviously you don’t want to publish a book exactly like somebody else’s but this should give you a general idea of where to start. Pick your favorite one, and use that as your primary example.
  2. Think about the age group your book is targeting. A seven year old has a better attention span than a three year old, meaning they might like less bright and hectic illustrations, among other things.
  3. Know the meaning and mood of your book inside and out. If it is goofy, a goofy illustration style can bring that out even more. If it is serious and teaches a very important lesson, choose an illustration style that will compliment that.
  4. Decide whether you want your children’s book to be very modern or more timeless and classic. Some illustration styles come and go, while others tend to be a favorite for the long haul. It’s important to decide if you want your book to have that timeless look or if you want it to be a representation of the styles and time you wrote it in.
  5. Look at similar real life situations. If your story takes place at a park, visit many different parks and see which is most appealing to you. You might love the way a park looks and have your illustration be pretty realistic to convey that, or you might not be fond of the way any of them really look, so you’ll decide you want something more abstract and different.
  6. Watch children’s television. Children’s shows are pretty much children’s books with movement and noise, so this is a great place to look to find illustration styles (except instead of illustrations, they’re called animations). There are so many different types of animations, and looking at these can spark your interest in one that would look good as a still illustration in your book.
  7. Be creative, and let others help you. If somebody suggests an illustration style, take it into consideration even if you don’t like it at first. You might grow to love it! If you have little kids, nieces, nephews, etc., you can even show them some illustrations (maybe two example pages of the illustration style and the pictures that would actually be in your book) and have them pick which one is their favorite! After all, the illustrations must be appealing to the children they’re meant for.