Confidently Write Your Next Children's Book Manuscript!

Use my proven 4-step process to go from idea to finished story in the quickest and easiest way possible.

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Confidently Write Your Next Children's Book Manuscript!

Use my proven 4-step process to go from idea to finished story in the quickest and easiest way possible.

Course opens for enrollment in January!

You know you want to write a children's book, but . . .

You want to make sure it's something you'll be proud to show your friends and family.

Let's be honest . . . you’ve probably read a children's book before and thought children’s books are short.

How hard can they really be to write?

You have the idea and are anxious to finish the story draft so you can make it a book as quickly as possible.

I get it.

But, you see, trying to publish a poorly written story will only lead to rejection. (This happens 100% of the time when authors send out a story before it's ready.)

That’s why I created Kidlit Writing 101: to show you the simple, 4-step process to write a children's book and save you time AND money while you prepare to get published.

If you're ready to fully understand what it takes to produce a children's book you can confidently send to publishers, keep reading.

"All of the lessons in Kidlit Writing 101 have helped me to really understand what a children's book is, the elements that should be included, and how to make it all come together. I love it!"

- Julia Ruschmann -

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The proven 4-step process to write a children's book that kids ENJOY!

Being able to write a truly amazing story that kids love starts at the beginning 👉 with an idea or an initial first draft.

But this is where a lot of writers get stuck.

You may have been inspired to write something based on your own experience or after you searched for an already published book to help solve a problem, only to fail to find anything else that already existed.

You don't have any formal writing experience, but you know this idea is meant to be a book.

However, without understanding today's industry, you'll struggle to create a book that truly connects with readers because you don't know what a child is looking for. 

The good news is there’s an easy way to learn how to turn your idea into a finished children's book you'll be proud to show your family and friends.


All you need are these 4-simple steps found inside Kidlit Writing 101.

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1 - Gather Your Story Assets

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2 - Write Your First Draft

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3 - Edit Your Story to Perfection

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4 - Prepare to Publish It!

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Hi, I'm Brooke Van Sickle!

And I want to show you how to easily finish your children's book.

I've been a writing coaching to thousands of writers for almost a decade now and I see the same mistakes made time and time again . . .

Stories with these mistakes aren't ready for readers.

Until you understand the children’s writing process for today’s market, your book will never be ready to be published.

If you skip this step, your story will always need a rewrite or will experience a rejection from a publisher.

That's why I created Kidlit Writing 101. To help writers, like you, easily understand the process so you can get published faster.

Learn all about children's book writing from an award-winning instructor:

Royal Dragonfly winner | Brooke Van Sickle
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Hi, I'm Brooke Van Sickle!

And I want to show you how to easily finish your children's book.

I've been a writing coaching to thousands of writers for almost a decade now and I see the same mistakes made time and time again . . .

Stories with these mistakes aren't ready for readers.

Until you understand the children’s writing process for today’s market, your book will never be ready to be published.

If you skip this step, your story will always need a rewrite or will experience a rejection from a publisher.

That's why I created Kidlit Writing 101. To help writers, like you, easily understand the process so you can get published faster.

Learn all about children's book writing from an award-winning instructor:

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It's more than a writing course. It's a writing TRANSFORMATION! 🖤

"I would highly recommend this course to others. I loved the length, the information, and the homework to keep everyone accountable. I would recommend to anyone wanting to write children’s books."

-Ashley Koney

"The writing course was extremely helpful. I'd never written a children's picture book before, but Brooke's expert guidance helped me nail my plot and characters. And her lesson on editing helped me polish my language to truly bring out the right voice and tone for my story. I now have a picture book manuscript I'm truly proud of!"

- Sarah Graves

"It's ALL been good and editing was an eye-opener! I'm taking mega notes, writing down titles of books (to purchase and read), and applying what I have learned to my current story. Thank you! I would recommend your course to anyone who is interested in writing (and reading) for children."

-Ramon Rojas

"This course has been a lifesaver for me! You discuss items that don't get discussed in a "normal" how-to book on children's writing. So I'm recommending this course to the other writers in my other groups I belong to."

- Bruce Benson

You are a wealth of knowledge, and your communication and presentation were excellent! Thanks so much – Much to do now, but feeling super pumped about the process.

- Simon Lovell

"Oh my goodness I’m not sure where to start but you’ve led such an incredible framework for how the business of writing a children’s book works there’s so much tangible information that I didn’t have yet that YOU did. You took all the things you’ve learned over the years and you distilled it down to this few weeks. So valuable, so thank you."

- Courtney Denee

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HERE'S WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE COURSE . . .

Kidilit Writing 101 - Gather your story assets

Module #1 - Gathering Your Story Assets

What I've coined as "gathering your story assets" or brainstorming your idea fully. In this lesson, I'll show you:

  • How to create a believable setting + cast of characters that people can relate to
  • What to do if you don't have a character
  • Plus, how to make sure your story has a strong goal/purpose

Includes: 6 video lessons, companion workbook, story set-up guide, + character profile card


Kidilit Writing 101 - Writing Your Children's Book

Module #2 - Writing Your Children's Book

In this section, you’ll learn my proven formula for the actual writing process. Including:

  • How to choose the right pov & tense for your story
  • The steps you must include in your story's plot (Even if you're writing a concept book or nonfiction)
  • And my secret writing tips to make your story more fun to read!

Includes: 9 video lessons, companion workbook, 2 bonus video lessons on plotting and leaning into your theme, + plot outline worksheet


Kidilit Writing 101 - Editing Your Children's Book

Module #3 - Editing Your Children's Book

Here, we'll cover all the editing secrets I've learned firsthand as both a senior editor at a publishing house and published author myself. This covers:

  • What editors are looking for in stories that are written today
  • How to look at your story from an editor’s perspective to know what’s working and what needs changed
  • Plus, you'll get all my advanced editing tips to make your words count (& how to fit your story to your category) -- one of the many secret ingredients you'll find to writing a standout story

Includes: 8 video lessons, companion workbook, 6 bonus feedback example lessons on what to look for in your story, + editing checklist


Kidilit Writing 101 - Finalizing Your Children's Book

Module #4 - Finalizing Your Children's Book

This section explains what to do when you've finished your story. (The step you want to get to as fast as possible right?) I'm right there with you. Which is why I teach you:

  • How to give and receive feedback from other writers, so you can create your own little group to help you improve faster
  • Your publishing options and industry-proven tips to get published
  • Plus, the secrets to writing a successful story pitch that's the same one we use when writing backcover copy for all our books at our own publishing house.

Includes: 3 video lessons, companion workbook, manuscript submission checklist, + publishing resources cheat sheet


Intro to the children's book market

Intro to the Children's Book Market Mini-Course

The mini-course that walks you through what it's like to write for today's market. Including the children's book categories you need to know and the different markets you can sell a book in.

Includes - Video lesson, companion workbook, guide to the children's book market, + children's book categories cheat sheet


Kidlit Formatting Mini-Course

Kidlit Formatting 101 Mini-Course

Your complete guide into how to format your children's book story. Whether you're writing a picture book, chapter book, or novel -- this course will show you the steps to get it ready to send to publishers.

Includes - Video lesson, companion workbook, formatting checklist, + sample manuscript


Kidlit Digital Resource Binder

Digital Kidlit Resource Binder

Which includes over 30 worksheets you need to have whenever you start a new story. Things like picture book plotting worksheet, the hero's journey plotting guide, character profile card creator, title creation worksheet, and so much more!


Kidlit Writing 101 - What's Included

Lifetime Access to Course Content

This course fits into your schedule! Feel free to start and stop as much as you please. Plus, with lifetime access, you'll also receive any new information we add completely free.


Kidlit Fast Track - Publishing Guarantee

Your Satisfaction Guaranteed!

While the success in this course is contingent on you showing up, we will provide you with all the tools you need to successfully finish a children's book that's worthy of publication. And it's our mission to ensure you're 100% satisfied. So if you work through all the content inside the course, including all the lessons and homework assignments, yet aren't able to complete your children's story, you can email us for a full refund.

*Note: conditions apply. Read our full terms and conditions here.


Plus, all coursework is pre-recorded for you to work at your own pace.

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But wait . . . don't just write your book. Publish it, too!

Get these additional tools when you upgrade the course:


Kidlit Publishing 101 - Introductory course

Kidlit Publishing 101

With your story polished and ready to go, it's time to learn how to work with a publisher to get it published. This online course covers all 3 publishing options to help you know which is the right fit for you!

  • The 3 different publishing options available to children's book writers
  • How to choose the best one for you based on your publishing goals
  • Industry secrets on how to write a book pitch that attracts readers
  • The first steps to take based on the publishing option of your choosing
  • How to successfully publish a children's book

Includes - 2 Video Lessons, Digital Companion Workbook, Kidlit Publishing Toolkit, 100+ Publishers to Send Your Story to, Submission Tracker, Sample Story Manuscript, The Ultimate Guide to Illustrations, & Self-Publisher's Starter Pack.


Children's Book Illustration Bonus

Illustrating Your Children's Book Mini-Course

Learn how to find an illustrator, prepare your story for illustration, and what your role is as the author in this mini-course.

  • Learn how to find an illustrator (And how to work with one)
  • How to set up your story manuscript for illustrations (And how best to layout your story to fit into a 32-page layout)
  • How to work with an illustrator to complete your illustrations

Includes - 3 video lessons, companion workbook, guide to children's book illustrators, + the dos & don'ts to illustrator notes cheat sheet


Kidlit Idea Creator Bonus

Kidlit Idea Creator Mini-Course

Get help finding a great idea to write about! This self-study course includes the actionable templates and resources to help you easily find a new story idea to write about. Including how to:

  • Create a long-running list of ideas to pull from at any time
  • Know if you've chosen a "good" idea to write about
  • "Vet" your story idea against other books in the market

Includes - Pre-recorded video lesson, digital companion workbook, New Story Idea worksheet, Find Your Competition worksheet, & a bonus copy of the Kidlit Idea Decoder.


Kidlit Writing 101 - What's Included

Kidlit More Productive Planner

Easily find time to write around your busy schedule! With the planner, you'll receive:

  • 12-month undated planner sheets to help you plan your writing time each month
  • Weekly time tracker to help you find the time you have in your busy schedule
  • Today's writing plan sheet so you know exactly what to work on and how you'll know when you've achieved your goal during each writing session
  • 3-step process to analyze your time so you can actually make the most of each month and finally finish your book
  • The secret key to write more each month so you can make this the year you actually complete all your writing goals!

Printer-friendly PDF with lifetime access so you never need to purchase a planner again!


Kidlit Launch School - How to market a children's book

Kidlit Launch School - Introduction to Children's Book Marketing Course

Plan a successful launch for your children's book! This self-study course includes the actionable templates and resources to help you easily prepare for and market your children's book. Including how to:

  • Prepare for your upcoming launch
  • Create an author website and social media presence
  • Schedule author visits and get reviews for your book!

Includes - 5 Video Lessons, 5 Digital Companion Workbooks, Launch Team Email Scripts, 8 Done-for-You Social Media Templates, Author Hashtag Bank, 15 Social Media Post Ideas, Digital Author Website Creation Guide, Digital Classroom Template Pack, Digital Get Reviews Guide, and more!


Kidlit Academy - Children's Book Monthly Coaching

Kidlit Academy - Live Workshops with Industry Leaders

Go deeper with your publishing journey inside Kidlit Academy! This live program includes online workshops with editors, agents, and authors about a range of topics to help you dive deeper with your story. The program includes:

  • 1-hour in-depth training each month (Past presentations have included speakers from places like Charlesbridge, Cardinal Rule Press, and Bookends Literary.)
  • Kidlit Insider: the digital list of top agents, agencies, and publishers who are on open to unagented authors. (Released and updated quarterly)
  • Plus, above the slushpile submission opportunities

Includes - Live Zoom Workshop with limited replay, quarterly digital release of the Kidlit Insider, Student Discounts for critique and editing services, and exclusive above-the-slushpile submission opportunities from our speakers.

Enrollment opens soon! Sign-up now to join the waitlist and get a special Waitlist only bonus when the course opens.

"I have learned so much from this course. I literally knew nothing about writing a book, let alone a children's book. All I had was an idea inspired by my children. I am truly grateful for this course and am so grateful for you!"

- Jannesy DeLeon -

"Your course has been very helpful. It gave me great perspective on how to change the things that I can make better. My first manuscript is finished and because of your course I’m more confident in writing and will continue to write more stories."

- Deb Wade -

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Avoid making the same mistakes new writers make when they first start writing . . .

If you dive straight into the writing process without understanding the industry, you’ll most-likely end up where I found myself for four years . . .


Stuck in the cycle of writing, sending your story out to publishers, getting rejected (if you hear anything back at all), and repeat. 🤦‍♀️


This will cause you to get so frustrated, you’ll start researching self publishing options instead of waiting any longer for a publisher to give you a chance.


But self-publishing isn't going to solve your problem. 

👉The only thing that will get you unstuck and moving toward your dream of publishing a story you’re proud to share with others is if you understand what it takes to write an amazing story that children want to read.

Which starts inside Kidlit Writing 101.

Enrollment opens soon! Sign-up now to join the waitlist and get a special Waitlist only bonus when the course opens.

 "I would try to get some freebies that were like piecemeal all over the place and I was like, just stop. You know what you need. You need a whole kit and caboodle. So then, when I saw your course, I was like this is for me. I love that I can go at my own pace, and it’s very thorough. It's wonderful!

- Peni Clark -

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Answers to all your questions...

WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH KIDLIT WRITING 101?

The introductory course is a self-paced online course with all sessions available at once. It walks you step-by-step through the 4-step process to write a children's book through both video lessons, digital workbooks, and real-life story examples.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

In Kidlit Writing 101, you'll learn how to:

  • Brainstorm your idea fully
  • Create strong characters and complete plot outlines for your story
  • Format your draft as a professional manuscript
  • Edit your story to make it more enjoyable for readers
  • Finish your draft so it can be published

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER THE WRITING COURSE IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Kidlit Writing 101 is the perfect course for any writer who's feeling frazzled, overwhelmed, or confused by the children's book writing process. This course will easily break down what to do to in a simple 4-step process so you can confidently complete your children's book.

HOW'S THIS COURSE DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE REST?

Most courses only give you a portion of the process, and leaving you wondering about the rest, but not Kidlit Writing 101. This course is designed to be everything you need to know in order to finish your story in a way that you'll be proud of.

HOW DOES THE COURSE WORK?

Once purchased, you'll receive immediate access to our online course platform. From there, you'll create an account to login and view all the content at once.

The course will then step you through each intro to download your worksheets for each lesson and view a short video about what to expect. When you've finished viewing each lesson, you'll have a homework assignment at the back of your workbook with next-step instructions.

Plus, you will be able to log in and out of the platform as many times as you need! The course is built with lifetime access.

WHAT IF I NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT? WILL I RECEIVE FEEDBACK?

Yes! If you register for either a premium or pro membership, you'll receive access to our private Facebook group. There, we have monthly check-ins to see how you're doing with your progress, monthly peer critiques to receive feedback on your story, and quarterly live Q&A sessions with Brooke to ask any questions you have along the way. Plus, we're always available via email if you have any questions or issues accessing the course portal.

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME TO COMMIT?

That’s okay. All the content in the course is pre-recorded, so you can move at your own pace. Plus, I even broke up everything into micro-lessons, so even if you only have 15 minutes, you can still move forward with your story.

WILL ANYTHING BE SHIPPED TO ME?

No. This is an online course, so nothing physically will ship to you. Once checkout is complete, Your "Kidlit Writing 101" login information will be delivered via the email address you provide at checkout. It should arrive within 5-10 minutes of your purchase. (All our online courses are self-paced and include immediate course access. If you’ve previously purchased a course with us, you can use the same login to access all the information in one place.)

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Inside Kidlit Writing 101, you'll receive the complete process on how to write a children's story from idea to finished draft. Complete with video lessons, and digital PDF downloads, you'll know exactly what to do through each step of the writing process. Plus, you'll receive immediate access to all the content once you've signed up.

Valued over $800, you'll be able to get started with all the content for just $197.

WHEN CAN I SIGN-UP?

Soon! We're getting ready to open the doors to Kidlit Writing 101 very soon.

Once you register, you'll receive the login to the course via email so you can get started right away. You should see it in your inbox within 15 minutes of purchase.

Enrollment opens soon! Sign-up now to join the waitlist and get a special Waitlist only bonus when the course opens.

"The editing lessons were the most helpful for me. I think my picture book was about 2,000 words when I first started. But through the process, I got it down to less than five hundred words. It has been a great learning experience!"

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OUR STUDENTS ALWAYS HAVE SO MUCH GOOD NEWS TO SHARE:

"I started the course feeling that something was missing from my story. Now I feel that I am headed in the right direction and getting closer to writing a story that can be published. Thank you for all the wonderful information you gave in the course. It has been the most helpful course I have taken in writing a children's book."

- Dana Fraley

Your course has definitely made an impact on me. The first time the step-by-step lessons have been so helpful. Your reading my manuscript is the first time I’ve put it out there. Big step all thanks to you.

- Cathy Sladek

It has been a tremendous course! Your deep knowledge about writing for children and your enthusiasm makes the course interesting and fun. I have learned so many things to make the second draft of my picture book better.

- Pia Conte

"This was such an informative course. I found value in looking at the potency of voice in my story and I definitely need to establish showing vs telling in my current story. It is also helpful to hear about the lateral thinking required in regard to the whole team involved in publishing. It invites me to be more flexible."

- Erin Murphy

I am loving it. I am working my way through this course and find that your style of teaching is so easy to follow and understand. I feel comfortable knowing that I can email you at any time if I have questions. I appreciate how genuinely sincere you are, and it comes through in your teachings. Thank you so muchI!

- Coreen Craft

Your sessions were terrific . . . not only from a knowledge/experience standpoint, but your style and demeanor are on the high end of personable and engaging. It was all very aspirational while being grounded and realistic. Thank you!

- Douglas Myers

"I loved being in this course. My favorite and most helpful sessions were about the rule of three, the standard plot elements, and the manuscript formatting. Most of all I loved your encouragement that I could make this work and become successful!"

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