- Agent, Catherine Drayton, Inkwell Management
This is true for all writers. Write a stunning manuscript. That is the goal.
But once you've written it, what then? Beyond the ‘great story well told’, what does it take to earn a living as a children’s author, to turn your creative work into a job?
The old model of the writer working alone in a cabin in the woods and sending their manuscript off to a publisher who will promote and share it no longer exists. The writer is now expected to partner with the publisher and support their own work, finding fresh ways to re-tell their story online and in live events, to invite people to experience the story in multiple ways.
Sharing stories and inspiring kids to read and create is a deeply satisfying and, I think, useful thing to do for the world. With the right strategies in place it is possible to walk the line between business and creativity and to build a satisfying career as a children’s author.
On 8/9 December I will be running my two-day intensive workshop, ‘Writing for the Children’s Market’ at the NSW Writer’s Centre. It is a fun and information-packed weekend of creative play and practical insight into making a living telling stories for kids. Hope you can come along.