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So why do some people think writing for children is a lesser form of literature? I happen to love writing children's books. Isolated on white background. A decade ago, I was dating a physician. He was a nice guy, but I knew the relationship was doomed the night he asked: But as I was driving home, I realized what I should have said: When are you going to start seeing grown-up patients?
Kids read more books than adults. A librarian recently told me that reading for pleasure in this country peaks in fifth grade. Among my books, the ones that sell best are for readers between the ages of 8 and According to a study by the Association of American Publishersthe largest area of industry growth in was in the children and young adult category.
Children's book authors can make a living. Not right away, of course. Early in my publishing career, someone told me I'd need to have five books in print before I could quit my job as a journalist. Turns out it was closer to 10 books. It also turns out that while it's great to see my titles on bookstore shelves, my best customers are schools and libraries.
They buy in bulk, especially when a book is nominated for an award or becomes part of a recommended reading list. Hollywood loves children's books. On any given weekend, your local multiplex probably includes a film adaptation of a popular children's book.
None of mine have made it to the big screen, but five have been optioned by studios, which means a nice check in the mail -- or two checks, if the studio renews the option agreement.
The world of children's book publishing is welcoming. Yes, it's harder than ever to get a book deal with a reputable publisher or even to find a literary agent.
For a nominal fee, you can join SCBWI and attend a conference where you'll meet editors, agents, and other writers -- all of whom will provide valuable information and support. You might not leave with a contract, but you'll have a stack of business cards so you can follow up with agents and editors once you finish your masterpiece.
Children's book authors pick up nice speaking fees. Many adult book authors supplement their income by teaching at the college level. Full-time professors fare well, but pay for adjunct professors is notoriously shabby.
Children's book authors have a sweeter deal. We're invited by schools, libraries, law firms, and Fortune companies to share our best writing tips and strategies. If you win a Newbery Medal, you can charge even more.
Children's books can be silly or serious. My books are filled with talking mice, silly plots, and a Victorian ghost. The point is, anything goes in children's books and young adult literature.
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