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Writing for children: Mistakes to avoid

You’ve poured your heart into your children’s book so don’t scupper its chances with your submission package, says Amy Sparkes

When you begin writing for children, it can seem impossible to know where to start. Last month we considered mistakes not to make when writing your children’s book; this month we consider pitfalls to avoid once your story is written, edited and ready for submission.

Hide your story

If you’re happy with your story and you’d like to share it, then act on it. Finishing a story can be emotionally draining, especially if it took a while to write. You might want to take a break to catch breath but don’t let dust settle on your story or let fear persuade you it’s not worth doing something with, whether that is traditional publishing, or celebrating its completion in another way.

Don’t make a plan

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