You can specialise in any or all:
- Picture books for both littlies and biggies
- Chapter books for developing readers
- Junior fiction for mid-grade or upper primary readers
- Adolescent or Young Adult readers (Off topic question… why is YA given capitals but junior fiction isn’t?)
- Graphic novels
I love writing for young readers – not just because (imo) it’s the most vibrant area of writing in this country, (I think it’s safe to say I won’t be shot down for voicing my opinion), but because it’s a fascinating world of publishing to be involved in. Australia has a great community of children’s and YA writers, illustrators, publishers, agents and readers – all are deeply committed to producing the very best books possible.
There are also those who love the industry by producing blog sites that highlight, promote and supporte Australian children’s books and their authors, people like:
- Dee White, (author, blog writer extraordinaire, and friend) with her site offering writing help and her Kids’ Book Capers on the Boomerang Books’ blog
- Susan Stephenson’s fabulous site, The Book Chook – blogging about kids’ literature and literacy.
- Angela Hall’s Bug in a Book blog. http://www.buginabook.com/
There are heaps more.
I’m a guest blogger on the Kids’ Book Review site today with a guest blog talking about how to write Chapter Books (also known as Readers) for kids. It’s a most rewarding genre to write in – “On Writing the Perfectly Balanced Reader” Clink on the link to read it.
Also celebrating the release of my new chapter book, Charlie and the Red Hot Chilli Pepper.