This Course Offers

  • 30 Video Lessons

    Learn how to write, edit and publish your children's book with these practical, step-by-step lessons.

  • Quizzes

    Test your memory of what you've just learned with playful quizzes at the end of each video.

  • Editing Support

    After you've finished the course, you can hire me to personally edit your children's book.

4 Sections of the Course

1. Pre-Writing

Generate the best idea for your book, learn how to build your character, and avoid cliche ideas.
1. Pre-Writing

2. The Writing Process

How to use repetition, employ key storytelling techniques, and write illustrator-friendly books.
2. The Writing Process

3. Revision

Learn how to compress your book, choose the exact right language, and find an editor.
3. Revision

4. The Marketplace

(How to Publish)

How to write the perfect query letter and find an agent, or how to hire an illustrator and self publish.
4. The Marketplace

FAQ

  • Do I need to take this course in two weeks?

    No, you can go at your own pace. Start and finish when it's right for you.

  • Will this course be helpful if I've already written my book?

    Yes! There is an enormous amount of information to help you shape and revise your book, as well as the next steps for publication.

  • Will this course be useful if I live outside the United States?

    Yes. The only course specific to the U.S. is the one on copyright law -- all other videos are applicable to writers wherever you live.

  • How long do I have access to the course?

    You have lifetime access. It never expires.

Reviews of the Course

  • Sandie McCullough

    “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”

    “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”

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  • matt lewis

    “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.”

    “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.”

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  • Elizabeth Buffolino

    “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 a...”

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    “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!”

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  • Thomas DeMuro

    “This was a fantastic online course from beginning to end. John is very concise and honest as he guides you from the beginning to the end of the book writing process. His approach is direct and includes all the nuts and bolts while still allowing f...”

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    “This was a fantastic online course from beginning to end. John is very concise and honest as he guides you from the beginning to the end of the book writing process. His approach is direct and includes all the nuts and bolts while still allowing for your own personal creativity. I have taken several community college courses on the same topic in the past that cost much more and were not nearly as comprehensive. I highly recommend this course! ”

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  • Eileen Price

    “Even though it took me longer than two weeks, I appreciated the bite sized videos so that you can do the course on your own time at your own speed. You don't lose anything if a few days go by before completing the next lesson. Super helpful, fri...”

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    “Even though it took me longer than two weeks, I appreciated the bite sized videos so that you can do the course on your own time at your own speed. You don't lose anything if a few days go by before completing the next lesson. Super helpful, friendly and well presented, extremely respectful of us writers. ”

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  • Michelle Fitzgerald

    “This course is affordable, quick and has many useful parts and information that can be quickly applied and used. John is enthusiastic and practical. I've read quite a few books and blogs about writing children's books prior to this course, but thi...”

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    “This course is affordable, quick and has many useful parts and information that can be quickly applied and used. John is enthusiastic and practical. I've read quite a few books and blogs about writing children's books prior to this course, but this course was concise and filled with extremely practical suggestions and ideas, making it well worth the time and money. ”

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  • Marcia Cope-Hart

    “The course covered all aspects of the writing and publishing of children books. The best part was John M.F. himself. His charming personality made it a pleasure to watch and learn the material. I feel inspired and ready to accomplish my dream! 5 ...”

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    “The course covered all aspects of the writing and publishing of children books. The best part was John M.F. himself. His charming personality made it a pleasure to watch and learn the material. I feel inspired and ready to accomplish my dream! 5 stars!”

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  • Michael Hall

    “John videos and insights make it easy to work on my writing skills and prepare for agents, illustrators and formatting in a friendly assuring way.”

    “John videos and insights make it easy to work on my writing skills and prepare for agents, illustrators and formatting in a friendly assuring way.”

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  • Larry Webb

    “Lots of very helpful rules, suggestions, and knowledge, especially for the new writer, or person new to writing for children. Thanks.”

    “Lots of very helpful rules, suggestions, and knowledge, especially for the new writer, or person new to writing for children. Thanks.”

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  • Mary Haque

    “I love this so far!! I am so glad I picked up this course!”

    “I love this so far!! I am so glad I picked up this course!”

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  • Natalie Pelfrey

    “Absolutely love the attitude and advice of the Bookfox!”

    “Absolutely love the attitude and advice of the Bookfox!”

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  • Tammy Lettieri

    “Anyone considering writing a children’s book should check it out.”

    “Anyone considering writing a children’s book should check it out.”

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Your Takeaways

  • 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.

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Course curriculum

  • 01
    Day #1 - Pre-Writing
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    • Get the Most out of this Course
    • Find Your Best Book Idea (and Avoid these 3 Cliches)
    • 7 Steps to Becoming a Children's Book Author
    • Book Idea Quiz
  • 02
    Day #2 - Pre-Writing
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    • The Golden Rule of Page 3
    • Picking a Mentor Book
    • Quiz Time!
  • 03
    Day #3 - Pre-Writing
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    • 5 Steps to Choose Your Ideal Age Range
    • 7 Examples of Children's Book Age Ranges
    • How to Build Your Character (4 Easy Steps)
    • A Visual Guide to Children's Book Lengths
    • 30 Questions to Improve Your Character
    • Quiz: Can you guess the age range?
  • 04
    Day #4 - The Writing Process
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    • Launch Day! Writing Your First Draft
  • 05
    Day #5 - The Writing Process
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    • Repeat, Repeat, Repeat - Use Language Repetition
    • Repetition of Story Structure
    • Repeat after me: I Will Get All These Quiz Questions Correct
  • 06
    Day #6 - The Writing Process
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    • Storytelling with Problem:Solution
    • Storytelling through Mystery
    • Storytelling Quiz
  • 07
    Day #7 - The Writing Process
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    • The Power of Humor - Be Funny, Zany, Wacky
    • Should I Rhyme or Not?
    • Funny Rhyme Quiz
  • 08
    Day #8 - The Writing Process
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    • Who is Telling Your Story?
    • Harness the Power of Emotion
    • Quiz: Mistakes to Avoid
  • 09
    Day #9 - The Writing Process
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    • How to Write an Illustrator-Friendly Book
    • Find Your Deeper Meaning - Metaphor and Subtext
    • Quiz: Layers of Illustrations
  • 10
    Day #10 - Revision
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    • The Art of Compression
    • The Right Language
    • Compression Quiz: Can You Edit Like John?
  • 11
    Day #11 - Revision
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    • Beta Readers - Feedback from Children and Adults
    • How to Choose an Editor
    • 20 Questions for Beta Readers
  • 12
    Day #12 - The Marketplace
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    • Why You Shouldn't Copyright (But I'll Show You How)
    • Writing the Perfect Query Letter
    • 3 Fantastic Examples of Query Letters
    • Quiz: Queries and Copyright
  • 13
    Day #13 - The Marketplace
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    • How to Find the Right Illustrator
    • Don't Freak Out About Formatting
    • How to Find the Perfect Literary Agent
    • Illustrator Cost Ranges
    • 9 Examples of Formatting
    • A Challenging Quiz
  • 14
    Day #14 - The Marketplace
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    • How to Find the Perfect Literary Agent (Part II)
    • A Guide to Self-Publishing
    • 3 Action Steps as We Conclude
    • I'd Love to Know Your Thoughts (Survey!)
  • Instructor(s)

    Instructor Bio:

    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

    John Matthew Fox

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