Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks
by Shirley Raye Redmond and Jennifer McKerley

Langdon Street Press, 2010. ISBN 978-1-934-93895-9.
Reviewed by Judy Miller
Posted on 08/15/2011

Nonfiction: Creative Life

Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks is actually Redmond and McKerley's writing course in a book format. Their promise is that if a writer follows the steps they outline he or she will have learned what it takes to create a marketable children's book and have a completed manuscript. Redmond and McKerley are encouraging and easy to follow.

I'm a published writer and author who aspires to create something in which I haven't dabbled--a children's book. So, of course when I saw the title of this book, I was intrigued. Could a marketable children's book be written within seven weeks?

Write a Marketable Children's Book in 7 Weeks asserts that a focused and highly motivated writer can indeed do this by following the guidelines within this how-to format. Redmond and McKerley give a nice overview of how to break into the market and state that success will hinge on a commitment of fifteen hours each week. Their overview is about non-fiction; however, it can be applied to fiction writing as well.

Redmond and McKerley break down the children's market and outline how to research information about market competition, how to plot (with great examples) and grab kids' attention, how to develop characters and dialogue, and how to market the book once it is written and polished. They also provide several queries at the end of the book.

In case you're wondering...I've only completed the first lesson, reading the book in its entirety. I plan to work through the course as soon as my kids have returned to school. I'm excited about the prospect!

Shirley Raye Redmond is an award-winning writer and frequent conference speaker. She has sold more than 21 books and over 450 magazine and newspaper articles. Her children's book, Lewis and Clark: A Prairie Dog for the President (Random House) has sold more than 170,000 copies and was a Children's Book of the Month Club main selection in 2003. Visit her website.

Jennifer McKerley enjoys writing fiction and nonfiction for all ages. Before she wrote children's books, she wrote magazine and newspaper articles. Random House published her nonfiction books Man o' War: Best Racehorse Ever and Amazing Armadillos, which Bank Street College of Education named one of the best children's books of 2010. Visit her website.

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