QUESTIONS OF CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITERS
HOW DO I WRITE IT?
You have an idea for a children’s book, but you struggle to get it on the page. It’s tough to know how to tell the story so children will really enjoy it.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
You wrote your children’s book, but you’re not sure how to make it better. Sure, kids will sit through it one time — but will they clamor to hear it a second time?
HOW DO I PUBLISH?
You have your book but you don’t know how to write a query letter, hire an illustrator, approach an agent, or send your book to publishers. It’s a very steep learning curve.
Don’t Waste Time
I work with a lot of frustrated writers who spent months and even years trying to write and publish their children’s book. Let me be your guide and it will radically speed up the process. I’ve saved thousands of writers from heartache.
Books I’ve Helped Authors Create
By taking my course, you can transform your idea into a living, breathing children’s book, just like all these authors.
See Evelyn’s Journey to Publication
A SUCCESS STORY
- Evelyn was a writer who had a young child at home, and though she had a great idea for a children’s book, she didn’t know how to write it.
- My course helped her to tweak her concept, and to get a rough draft on the page.
- Because of the course, she ended up revising her book thoroughly and then ended up going to a conference and pitching her book to an agent.
- The agent accepted it and it got published with a huge publishing house in 2019, and even won a prestigious Northern Lights Book Award for Best Nature / Environment children’s book.
- And then she started reading at schools around the country, entertaining children with her story of an environmental superhero who used his superpowers to clean up garbage.
“Totally new to this, but within a few videos I was flying with my writing and looking critically at my own creations. This course streamlined the crucial points of writing children’s fiction – and I didn’t know that I needed to know it! On top of this, the tips on the next stages of getting agents and publishing has been insightful and I am excited to continue with the process.
“John’s course allowed me to go through the content at my own pace. I loved that I could pick up wherever i needed to, go through the videos and rewind when I wanted to hear some piece of info again. The provided pdf’s were helpful and really I had a great time while learning SO much. Thanks John for putting together this great course in an easily accessible and organized platform. ”
“What a GREAT way to get started! Love the videos, excellent exercises and resources. This answered a lot of questions — especially the age range and creating memorable characters. Thank you!!!
Author of “The Adventures of Emily and Kooper”
“Particularly useful information, very well structured, easy to follow (even for a person who is not a native English speaker). It was a real pleasure to watch the course and do the exercises (and I will continue). I truly appreciate your work.”
“This course was exceptionally helpful, entertaining, and kept me on track to creating my children’s book. Upon completion, I felt like I had the tools and resources needed in order to make this dream a reality. Thank you!!!!!”
“I’m a first time writer and what a wealth of information this is. Hesitated at first to purchase but I am so happy I made the investment. John is animated and interesting and clear and exceptionally helpful. ”
“If you are looking this over – DO IT !!! I love this course. The content is perfect, the topics covered are so simply and directly explained that they are totally relatable and understandable. And it covers the lot. Beginning to end of the whole process. It has made the world of difference to me already in the first few lessons. I feel like I have a good understanding of the process now and it is not so out of reach! So grateful I came across this!”
“I have been on a number of children’s writing course, some with big publishers and this is the first realistic course. John gives fabulous information I have never received on any other course. His ideas about finding an agent and writing a ‘query letter’ are invaluable. I would highly recommend this course to both new writers and also to those of us coming from a different field of children’s writing wanting to to write children’s stories. ”
“Writing my first book, I thought I nailed it straight up, but I decided to do John’s course anyway. What an eye opener to all of my mistakes and solutions on how to improve them. It resulted in a couple of re-writes to a much more polished and (I hope) publishable book. The course is easy to follow and do at your own pace. Don’t skip ahead though, make sure you do the “homework” as you go. It makes the whole process so much more beneficial. Loved it!”
THIS COURSE OFFERS
30 VIDEO LESSONS
Learn how to write, edit and publish your children’s book with these practical, step-by-step lessons.
Test your memory of what you’ve just learned with playful quizzes at the end of each video.
After you’ve finished the course, you can hire me to personally edit your children’s book.
4 SECTIONS OF THE COURSE
Generate the best idea for your book, learn how to build your character, and avoid cliche ideas.
2. The Writing Process
How to use repetition, employ key storytelling techniques, and write illustrator-friendly books.
Learn how to compress your book, choose the exact right language, and find an editor.
4. The Marketplace
How to write the perfect query letter and find an agent, or how to hire an illustrator and self publish.
No, you can go at your own pace. Start and finish when it’s right for you.
Yes! There is an enormous amount of information to help you shape and revise your book, as well as the next steps for publication.
Yes. The only video specific to the U.S. is the one on copyright law — all other videos are applicable to writers wherever you live.
You have access for one year.
No, this course focuses on board books, picture books, and early readers. Illustrated books for kids under 8.
- By the time you finish this course, you will have a finished and polished children’s book and know the next steps for publication.
- You’ll understand how to pick the right age range, the right length for your book, and the fundamentals of storytelling.
- You’ll have practical know-how about how to work with illustrators, query agents, and self-publish.
Earn a Certificate
When you finish the course, you will earn a completion certification that shows you’ve mastered the fundamentals of children’s book writing.
Access to Instructor
If you have any questions about the course content, you can post a question within the course and I’ll answer it for you.
To help you with your children’s book education, you can download resources which you can consult at any time.
I’ve spent the last ten years working as an editor and my book “I Will Shout Your Name” was published by Press 53. I’ve been published in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and won fiction contests at Third Coast and Shenandoah. In a former life I was a college professor — I earned an MFA from the University of Southern California and an MA from New York University, but now I focus on Bookfox full time.
John Matthew Fox
Make Your Book a Reality
“What an incredibly fun and thoughtful course packed with insider information on how to get your Children’s Book finished and published. The exercises were awesome to help you hone your skills. This is a must take course! 5 stars”
“Content of course was really good, small chunks easily absorbed. As a published illustrator and author I still gained valuable insight and information from John. Highly recommend this course.”
“This course was really everything that I’ve been looking for. I have been googling “tips for writing children’s books” for so long, but this course surpasses all of the articles that I have read combined. It is so clear with very useful examples and assignments. Thank you so much John!”
Money Back Guarantee
I’m so confident that you’ll like this course that I’ll refund your money if you don’t love it.
TESTIMONIAL FROM JULIE KENNEDY: I took your course, “Two Weeks to Your Best Children’s Book.” Upon completion I sent you my manuscript “Eddie Ventures Home” for edits. I hired an illustrator and released the book in January, 2021 on Amazon. In a little over three weeks I have sold over 1,000 copies!
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