Editing Children’s Books 101 One-on-One Instruction


While there are aspects of editing that apply to all genres, children’s books are unique. If you want to edit children’s books, you need an understanding of the differences between editing for adults and editing for children. This class will cover an overview of children’s books, the reading levels, and what is required for each level. It will also address technical aspects of children’s books including characterization, point of view, dialogue, plot, pacing, vocabulary, and readability.


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Instructor: Linda Harris

Format: This is the One-on-One Instruction format. The instructor will be in contact with you within ten days of purchase and will work individually with you.

Prerequisite: There are no prerequisites for this course.

Level: Beginner

Base price: $240 (members of The Christian PEN receive discounts)

Course length: This course is 8 lessons.

Course Outline: Click to download.

Required Textbook: Children’s Writer’s Word Book, Second Edition by Alijandra Mogilner (published by Writer’s Digest, http://www.writersdigestshop.com/childrens-writers-word-book).

Certificate of Completion: Upon completion of this course, students will earn a course certificate.


What previous students have said about this course:

“I have benefited greatly from this course and am eager to find clients for children’s books.” —Pam L.

“Your explanations and examples were detailed and made the course interesting. I looked forward to each lesson. It was an excellent class and I would recommend it to other editors.” —Ann K.

“I’m excited to read some of the books you recommend (a couple of which I’ve already purchased). And I feel much more prepared to be of real value to children’s authors.” —Rachel N.

“I learned a ton and know that I will refer back to the material often whenever I have a children’s book to edit.” —Deb H.


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