Welcome to the glorious and glamorous world of children’s books. We old-timers are speechless with joy at your arrival. By now you’ve probably noticed the astounding change in your life, most notably the flush of street-cred, peer-recognition and influx of cash. We are happy for you and wish you well, really.
We would just like to caution you about a few (6) things at this time, knowing full well that you will grasp them no better than we did when we stood in your shiny new shoes.
- This is a hard one so you may have to read it twice: Others enjoy hearing the minute plot details of your new book precisely as much as you enjoy hearing theirs.
- Similarly; Others relish being inundated with e-mail, tweets, & facebook messages about your book exactly as much as you do theirs.
- Those school visits you are so giddy and willing to do for free are how many seasoned authors pay their bills. Think SCAB.
- It takes time (unpaid) to read a novel and craft a blurb. And, if we think your book sucks, we will both be embarrassed. Let your agent take care of requests off screen.
- It is not a compliment to be called The Next Joan Doe when the original Joan Doe is still alive and writing.
- Very few veterans in the biz enjoy hearing that you felt called to write for children because everything else published out there was crap.
That is all for now, but stay tuned for further helpful tips from the dinosaur.
P.S. One day, several books from now, you will think this post is funny. I promise. Meanwhile, here's a picture of my dogs.