3. Write and Edit Your Children’s Book
When writing and editing your children’s book, keep your age demographic in mind. When developing your plot and storyline, do it within the context of your audience’s experience level.
Do you need to swap out larger words to make the language easier for kids learning to read? Is a secondary character taking away from the main plot?
Editing is the refining process of writing, and it’s an important step. Have a second set of eyes review your content before you print - a trusted friend, well-read family member or even a professional editor can review your content. Ask them to check for grammatical errors or provide suggestions to refine your story. 48 Hour Books recommends using a professional editor, and we offer tips and contacts here.
4. Format Your Children's Book
48 Hour Books offers free book templates that make it easy to format your book. The templates open in Microsoft Word or nearly any word processing program and come in four standard sizes: 4.25 x 7, 5.5 x 8.5, 6 x 9 and 8.5 x 11 inches.
Simply type your book directly into the template and set it up as you choose. Be sure to select the right page size, and when you're done formatting, convert the file to PDF format. You'll upload the PDF file directly with your order on our website. If you get stuck or have any questions, we're just a phone call away: 800 231 0521.
If your book includes hand-drawn illustrations, you’ll need to create digital formats by scanning them at a high resolution.