HOW TO BREAK INTO KIDLIT (MF GALAXY 124)
WHOSE ADVICE IS WORTHWHILE OR WORTHLESS FOR CHANGING YOUR WRITING—AND WHY; SURPRISING REALITY ABOUT JUST HOW LITTLE PUBLISHERS KNOW ABOUT SELLING BOOKS; WHY NOT TO WRITE WHAT’S HOT
Plenty of aspiring writers think writing for children is easy, and getting published that way is even easier. Wrong! As almost any writer will tell you, unless you’re a star, the business is never easy and is definitely never a sure thing. On May 20, 2017, a group of children’s writers met at the Capital City Press writers conference in Edmonton for a panel called “From Aliens to the Zodiac: The A-Z's of Writing for Kids and Teens.”
Who organised the event? Why, the outstanding Katherine Gibson of the Edmonton Public Library and author S.G. Wong who’s Capital City Press’s featured writer, and they assembled terrific writers to help you learn what you need to break into Kidlit or advance your career there. Those panelists are Marty Chan, Joan Marie Galat, and Tololwa Mollel, and they’ll be introducing themselves. The moderator is author Natasha Deen, best known for her Guardian and also Retribution series.
During the panel they discuss:
- Whose advice is worthwhile, and whose is worthless, when it comes to changing your writing—and why
- The surprising reality about just how little publishers know about selling books, and
- Why you shouldn’t start writing whatever is hot in the market right now