Are you interested in self-publishing a children’s book? Looking to gain employment in the fast-paced children’s publishing industry? If so, this course is ideal for you, exploring everything from the design to the distribution of children’s books.
Certificate of Publishing – Writing for Children is an online professional development program exploring the publishing process, industry standards and important skills for publishing children and young adult books.
In this publishing course, you will explore self-publishing, educational books, reading level assessment and developmental editing, working with illustrators, picture book and cover design and desktop publishing. You will also learn about electronic publishing, audiobooks, research techniques, advertising and marketing and ethics and the law in children’s publishing.
On completion of this course, you will have a strong foundation knowledge of the publishing process for children’s writing, whether for self-publishing or to gain employment in the publishing industry.
Unit 1 – The Publishing World (Writing for Children)
Children’s book genres
Contemporary children’s fiction
Children’s mystery fiction
Children’s historical fiction
Fairy tales and fables
Children’s fantasy fiction
Children’s science fiction
Self-publishing and the educational market
Developmental landmarks in children’s books
How reading level is assessed
Reading schemes – levelled readers in action
Unit 2 – Publishing procedures and techniques
Finalising a manuscript
Working with an illustrator
Picture book design
Layout and typography
Typography in children’s books
Different software and settings
Unit 3 – Desktop publishing (Print Versions of Children’s Books)
Desktop publishing (DTP)
Layout, design, story structure, and illustration in children’s books
Spacing, layout, typeface and cost
Chapter books, junior fiction/middle grade
Layout and typeface
Young adult/new adult
Layout, typeface and cost
Front matter and back matter
Layout for non-fiction
Use of colour
PC to print
Test runs and dummies
Unit 4 – Desktop publishing (electronic versions of children’s books)
What is electronic publishing?
Advantagesof electronic publishing
Ebooks, interactivity, and apps
Apps vs. Ebooks
Audiobooks for children
Options for different fonts
Print on demand
Ebook file types
PDF, TXT, EPUB, MOBI, IBA and AZW
Unit 5 – Illustration 1: Introduction to graphics in children’s fiction
Introduction to illustration and graphics
What is the purpose of the illustration or graphic?
Child-like design or adult appeal?
Illustration styles and ideas for children
Types of books with graphics
Middle grade nonfiction
Avoiding clutter and jarring text
Working with a designer or illustrator
Preparing a brief
Unit 6 – Illustration 2: Introduction to photography in children’s books
Working with photographs
What makes a good photo?
Designing with photos
Think about dominant features in your photos
Look for lines of force
Follow the horizon
Convey action through sequence shots
Principles of photographic composition
Qualities of the components
Unit 7 – Researching material for children’s & young adult’s books
Researching for fiction
Researching genre and genre expectations
World building and time period
Personality types, culture and health
Types of nonfiction texts for children and young adults
Write a detailed plan
Writing focus questions
Collect sources: starting the bibliography
Research and note-taking
Unit 8 -Marketing in publishing (children’s books)
Marketing toward retailers
Theme marketing, special sales
Website and author platforms
Marketing toward the consumer
Reviews and interviews
Talks, lectures, and readings
Unit 9 – Publishing: ethics and the law (children’s books)
The ethics of content
Sensitivity, cultural and linguistic diversity
Cultural and linguistic diversity
Content and ratings advisories
Censorship and book banning
Copyright laws and ethics
What does copyright protect?
When can a work be legally copied?
Codes of ethics
Unit 10 – Problem Based Learning (PBL) Project
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.