Welcome to Inside the Publishing World Wednesday. Today I am taking a look at a keynote address that author Dan Gutman gave at the summer 2012 SCBWI conference. He has some great pointers for writers, including a few funny bits.
The topic- How to have a successful career in children’s books.
In descending order:
13. Ignore all advice! (even his J)
12. Join the SCBWI.
11. Be a boxer- be tough, let them reject you, and then prove them wrong.
9. Don’t get stuck in a rut- shake things up.
8. Become famous.
7. Find something really popular and then write something better.
6. Never write on an empty stomach.
5. Break the rules, but do it creatively.
4. Promote Yourself.
3. Take the bull by the horns! Do what you need to do. Self-pub? Online sales?
2. Use your strengths.
1. There’s no secret! Bust your butt for 10-15 years, get rejected, and never give up!
And Dan means it. On his website he has copies of some of his rejection letters. Don't give up! Keep going! Truth is, it does take years.