Posted by: nancyisanders | February 17, 2020

Choosing a Breakthrough Topic in Children’s Books


A couple of years ago, I embarked on a journey. It was a familiar journey in some ways…I’d taken it before when I wanted to choose a brand new breakthrough topic to write about. But it was unique in its own way because it led me to a unique breakthrough picture book idea.

Just exactly what am I talking about?

Yes, I wanted to choose an idea for a picture book. But there are ideas and then there are BREAKTHROUGH ideas. BREAKTHROUGH ideas are the sort that practically guarantee a publisher will want your manuscript. Even if the writing is a little rough around the edges or needs a stronger story arc.

BREAKTHROUGH ideas might not necessarily be an idea that I would have stumbled upon by myself.

BREAKTHROUGH ideas might not necessarily be on the top 10 list of topics I want to write about.

BREAKTHROUGH ideas might not necessarily be a topic I’ve already researched.

But a BREAKTHROUGH idea practically guarantees you a book contract after all your hard work.

WHY? Because a BREAKTHROUGH idea is specifically targeted to today’s current publishing market (but not necessarily a flash-in-the-pan trend).

WHY? Because a BREAKTHROUGH idea is usually something a number of editors are currently interested in.

WHY? Because a BREAKTHROUGH idea is usually a topic that will practically guarantee good sales numbers of a book because this topic is being bought by parents, teachers, and librarians (the current market who is purchasing children’s books).

So, I invite you to read my next series of posts where I share my journey with you on choosing a BREAKTHROUGH topic to write about in today’s current children’s book market.


  1. Very interesting! I’m very curious to hear ideas on what breakthrough topics can be…

    • Hope you’ll find this info helpful!

  2. Okay, you’ve got my interest. 🙂 I’m ready to read on.

    • Yay! Let me know if you have any questions along the way!

  3. Really looking forward to this series!

    • Oh I’m so glad you’re joining in the adventure!

  4. Looking forward to this series. Thanks.

    • Thank you! Hope you find lots of inspiration!

  5. I am quite excited about this Nancy! Thanks!

    • Yay! Hope this will really help!

  6. I’m looking forward to this kidlit journey. Thank you Nancy!

    • Super! Glad you’re joining in on the fun!

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