On Mother’s Day, we honor our moms for their love and lifelong support. For writers, that includes encouragement for our writing dreams. While we cherish such support, we need to remember that a mother’s opinion is highly prejudiced. Remember the drawing you did at five? It probably ended up on the refrigerator door, not in a gallery. Likewise, just because Mom loves your kid’s book doesn’t mean an editor will. Editors know what kids like and what gives a book kid appeal.
In our workbook, Write a Marketable Children’s Book in 7 Weeks, we have a section called “Discover the Magic of Kid Appeal.” In it, we show how you can appeal to kids today.
You do so with a story that:
- Has a sense of fun and joy.
- Carries children into the magic of the moment.
- Makes kids feel at home in the tale.
- Portrays situations kids relate to:
- Succeeding after failing
- Belonging versus not fitting in
- Doing right versus doing wrong to gain popularity
- Independence versus dependence
- Security versus insecurity
- Delayed rewards versus instant gratification
- Winning and losing
- Loss, separation, and reunion
- Rivalry and jealousy