Publishers Weekly reported in February about a panel discussion in New York by the PEN American Center’s Children’s Book Committee, that discussed this very topic. The speakers were David Levithan, panel moderator, and fellow authors Jane O’Connor, Richard Peck, Marilyn Singer, and Brian Floca. The topic was “Crafting a Career as a Children’s or Young Adult Author—Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.”
Despite their diverse backgrounds, the authors found they had two things in common; a lack of a clear career direction in the beginning and the willingness to write many types of books on many different subjects.
Author Marilyn Singer summed up a successful career with the following acronym:
W- widespread interests
“This is a marathon, not a sprint,” she said. “Don’t throw in the towel, use it.”
I think those are very wise words.
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