Simon Rose: Thinking about writing for children and young adults?

When I meet adults interested in writing for children during my classes and courses at the university or at events such as book signings, there is often some degree of confusion about what age ranges books are written for. Many writers in the early stages of their career talk about the number of pages, whether this is in printed form on standard size paper or simply a page count from the computer.
However, this is a poor guideline since obviously the number of pages in a manuscript will not match those in a book for a range of reasons, such as font changes, chapter headings or titles, word and sentence spacing, smaller pages when compared to printer paper, editing and revising, the presence of any illustrations or blank pages between chapters or separating a table of contents or an index from the main text, for example, and so on.


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