Crash Course

How to Write A Children’s Book (and get it published!)

Thinking about writing for kids or teens and want to get your children’s book published? Let me help you get your feet on the ground, or better yet, give you a running start! The Internet has a load of information about writing for children, but you’ll find there are different opinions about everything. Learn it from someone who is in the field. RIGHT NOW. I’ll tell you what I know and what has worked for me.

Below I’ve laid out ten steps, but they are not easy. If you are looking for easy, please do something far easier than writing children’s books, like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. Otherwise, if you’re still raring to go, then here are …

Ten Steps to Writing and Publishing Your Children’s Book

If you want to see what’s covered in the original edition of the course, click here for a complete list of articles and see the steps below in bullets.

The updated Kindle edition of the course covers these topics and then some.

Otherwise, walk through the course step-by-step, following the links below.

  • Step One – Have an idea. Have lots of them. If you don’t have a clue about what you want to write, reading this won’t help you.
  • Step Two – Know the market. Determine what kind of book your work is. This always helps.
  • Step Three – Write. Start writing unless you’ve got a ghostwriter on your payroll or you’re a major celebrity. (Note: If this is the case, just shut down your computer and go kick up your heels somewhere on a deserted beach. Sip a fruit drink.)
  • Step Four – Make your book good.
  • Step Five -  Find an agent. Or skip this step and…
  • Step Six – Find an editor.
  • Step Seven – Send out your work.
  • Step Eight – Pray.
  • Step Nine – Wait.
  • Step Ten – Get a response! Then return to Step One.


You land a contract.

Ticker tape flies.

A marching band plays!

Now back to reality. If you look at each step, you’ll notice a link. Each of those links lead to articles about that particular step in sequential order. Go to Step One – Have an Idea. OR if you hate ruining your eyesight by reading on the Internet, then you might want to try this option.

Yup, that’s right! Your favorite children’s writing course is now updated in 2022 and available in Kindle in the U.S. at<<—– BIG scary affiliate link!) and across the pond at Amazon UK. Note:  By clicking through the links on any products on my website, you will be clicking an affiliate link which is hugely appreciated by me, the dogs, and the fish who are secretly running the show here.

This book is a revised and expanded edition of the course but there will be a 2019 edition coming out, so if you want to wait for that, be sure to jump on my email list and I will announce it to WFCAT fans when it is out.  The 2019 edition will include the material you see here with more content plus bonus materials including templates for all of your submission needs and real-life letters from editors to authors today.

See what readers are saying about the course!

From an editor…

“Thank you so much for reiterating the things we’ve all been trying to tell writers all along …”

From an author…

“I’m a published author who has sweat her way through one synopsis after the other. I wish I had seen this years ago.”

From writers just like you….

“… had the pleasure of hearing you speak twice. I am also an owner of a dogeared copy of your book, Writing for Children and Teens. I want to thank you!

What a learned from you helped me land an agent! From you, I learned how to write my query and a synopsis. And your advice in the book helped me navigate the nuts and bolts of the process. I really benefited from your straightforward, no nonsense, smart advice.”

“Since I am JUST starting out, I mean literally just starting…[Friend’s name] suggested your book. About a week ago I wrote what I thought was a decent rough draft for a picture book idea that I am VERY passionate about. Anyway your book arrived today on my doorstep and I couldn’t wait to read your suggestions about writing. I was blown away!! I went back to my rough draft right away. Oh my gosh! I heard echoing, too much dialogue, I could go on and on, but I’ll save SOME face!! I sat down with a pencil and paper and outlined the story. Big help. The biggest AH HA for me was when you said the main character needed to solve her own problem, not the mommy. In my rough draft the mommy was solving the problem!! Not anymore, my main character flew off the page at me when I empowered HER to solve her own problem. Amazing. Amazing how inexperienced I am!!! Thanks for this book.”

“This whole thing about queries is really good. I learned much in a short time; you delivered what I needed. And so, Cynthea, I love you…”

“I’ve thought about picture books as needing a rhythm, but you spelled it out in a way that had never completely gelled in my mind before.”

“Your description of what a synopsis entails is one of the clearest I’ve seen. You make it seem doable. THAT I like.”

“The conversational style of your articles make them easy to understand and a joy to read. You are a goldmine for writers old and new!”

“Thanks for the very interesting tips…the 1/5-3/5-1/5th rule makes perfect sense, just never thought of it that way. You’ve made the basics for a picture book into a nice little package…exactly what I need!”

“This [article] saved my life. I am not kidding. I was in utter despair yesterday, thinking I could not possibly boil my…manuscript down to a single page synopsis, and finding none of the advice I’d read on the subject to be at all encouraging and helpful. Then I found this article and you made it so clear, so simple, and so delightfully bunny — I mean, funny — that all my anxiety flew out the window and before I knew it, I had sat down and hammered out a five-paragraph, exactly one page synopsis that captures all the important details of the main plot but doesn’t waste time on digressions. You enabled me to see the “backbone” of my story more clearly than ever before, and I can’t tell you how grateful I am…Thank you so very, very much.”

“This exactly what I’ve been looking for. I need to write a synopsis and was needing some direction. Your example really helped me to understand the need of the intro, then building, then resolving the story. Excellent.”

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