My earlier book on children’s writing, The Business of Writing for Children, was drawn mainly from two sources: handouts from the classes and workshops I used to give, and my articles for Once Upon A Time and the SCBWI Bulletin (earlier called the SCBW Bulletin)—the newsletter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
In selecting the articles to include in that book, I tried to keep a balance among its main subject areas—writing, publishing, marketing—and to avoid domination by my personal specialties. I also chose to omit my more controversial articles, to make the book more generally accessible.
Naturally, these criteria left out a number of articles I considered valuable. I’m pleased to offer at least some of them now, in this second collection. I’ve also included later articles, with some brand new ones—some of which I’ve meant to write for years. (There’s nothing like publishing a book to help you tie up loose ends.) And as an added treat, I’ve thrown in the children’s writer quotations featured on my Web site.
I hope you enjoy this new book and find it helpful. And if you want to read the articles I left out this time, you can find them on my Kidwriting Page.