For a new author, the publishing industry is a complicated, obscure puzzle with many moving pieces. While the idea of publishing the greatest novel of all time is rather romantic, there is more than great prose at play in the publishing process. Here are a few industry secrets every author should be aware of.
Children’s books are short, sure, but writing a good children’s book is only simple at the surface level. Some of our most beloved and widespread quotes actually originate from children’s books. “Promise me you’ll remember, you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think” is a Winnie the Pooh quote. “Real isn’t how you are made. It’s a thing that happens to you.” That one is from The Velveteen Rabbit. Made for kids or not, these sentiments have resonance for everyone. So...how do you do that as a writer, exactly?