To those who wish to be an author

It's been awhile since I've posted. We've had a crazy, busy summer and only now do I feel I'm getting back to some routine.

So you want to be an author:

I cannot tell you the number of times I've received a phone call or a visit from someone who wishes to write a book for children.

"Hi! I've written a book for children and I'm wondering if you will read it."

Whenever possible I say no and explain that I am not an editor. I may know books, but I have no qualifications that would help you get your book published.

My advice:
1. Join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators SCBWI
2. Find an editor.
3. Read, read, and read some more. You cannot write a children's book unless you read them.

Recently, Roger Sutton, editor of The Horn Book Magazine has been blogging about self published material. Read it. It will help would-be authors understand why their generous gift is often refused.

An open letter to the self-published author.