The First Section of the How to Write a Children’s Book Book

The How to Write a Children’s Book book is coming along. The book is not yet available for preorder, but the How to Write a Children’s Book course is available on Skillshare and Udemy.

As soon as the book is available for preorder on Kindle and in paperback, I will let you know. In the meantime, enjoy a few previews of the inside of the book right here on the blog.


Hey, there! Welcome to the How to Write a Children’s Story in Seven Days or Less extravaganza!  

I have been told on more than one occasion not to tell you this process will take seven days or less, because it sets unrealistic expectations. Allow me to clarify:

If you schedule the time to write and work on your story daily for the next seven days, you will have a complete story by the end of this experiment of ours. If you miss a day, you will be a day behind, because that is how time works.

Like many things in life, you get out of it what you put into it.  

Also, please note that I keep saying “write” and “writing.” While I will provide you with some technical tips and professional recommendations for having your book illustrated and publishing your book, the seven days or less part of this whole thing is the writing bit.  

If you do not have words on the page, you do not have a book. Do the writing part first. It is the piece of the puzzle over which you have the most control, so do that part first, fast, and now!

End of disclaimer.

A LITTLE ABOUT ME

I’m Barbara Burgess. I am a multi-genre author with a variety of author voices. My children’s books are written under the author voice Barbara Ann Burgess. You can find those books and others at https://www.hellothisisbarbara.com/books

I’ve written and published four children’s books, but I have many more written and awaiting illustrations. As I write this, I have twenty-four. In this book, I will layout the system I used to write these books quickly and efficiently.

I know that words like “system” and “efficiently” sound like I am setting out to squelch your creativity, but I promise you I am seeking to do the opposite. There is a lot of freedom in structure. Also, time limits and deadlines, dear friends, are your friends!

If you are still into it, let me tell you more about this book and how to use it.

THIS BOOK AND HOW TO USE IT

This book is laid out in the order in which I intended it to be used. Please, stay on the garden path, dear friends.

Because I would like you to experience the magic of finishing a children’s book in seven days, I have named each step of the process Day and the corresponding number of said day.

For some of you, this might feel like too much pressure. To those of you who feel this way, please feel free to imagine the word ‘day’ as ‘week’ and start the project. Thinking about the project is not starting the project.  

I will outline in each section what your tasks are, and then I will give you an example of how to do it.  

In the simplest terms, you will need to read the section, read the example, and then do the steps in the section yourself. It’s like grade school, but more fun.

Okay. If you’re ready, I’m ready. Let’s start with Day One – Brainstorming.


Thank you for hanging out and reading the Welcome section of the How to Write a Children’s Book book. Again, as soon as it is available for preorder, I will let you know! In the meantime, enjoy the courses on Skillshare and Udemy.

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Barbara Burgess is a writer which is made apparent by the text in this box and the box above. She is best known for being a multi-genre/multi-writing voice author who throws caution to the wind when describing her writing career - "Oh, I write children's books, holiday romance, and sci-fi. Why? What do you do? Just one thing?" In addition to being a writer of all the things, she is the founder of Pilgrim Fowl Press and a writing facilitator bringing permission to write to the masses via Skillshare and Udemy. The only social media she frequents is Instagram (@hellothisisbarbara). Her desert island movie is Stargate (the original with James Spader), and she has been taking daily mug shots of her morning coffee since before Instagram was even a thing.

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