Dyan Blacklock, publisher at Omnibus Books, gave a funny & informative chat at the Salisbury Writer’s Festival this past weekend, “Successful Children’s Writing : From Woe to Go.” It was a real eye opener as far as getting to know what goes on in the rest of the industry beyond the illustrating & designing aspect of children’s book publishing.
What stood out was how competitive the industry is. Dyan reviewed manuscripts from the 25 people in the room…and she only noted to one writer out of the bunch that her work was very good, and to keep writing. She didn’t say “we want to publish your book,” she said keep writing. So even the best in a room full of writers wasn’t a sellable manuscript. It is humbling, but a good douse of reality for any aspiring children’s book writer. That being said, Dyan had some great insight into the industry that I thought I would share my notes from the seminar. I would recommend to any children’s book illustrator to attend any children’s writing seminars in their area, as it is a great way to get to know the business. (Read on …)