I observe for a living. I steal for a living. I stylize for a living. I find things in the real world, I take them for my own, and then I hammer them into a story-shaped thing. Writer? I am a thief and an artist.
I love this article because I feel the same way. Magic is magic and drowning it in rules seems to take the fun away. But it’s important to remember that it’s not about the rules, it’s about the logic. So, while you have fun with it, those consequences can build up and make a big boom at the climax of your novel.
It was the opening line here that really got me. I don’t know a single writer who doesn’t think her work is awful and belongs in the trash. And that needs to change pronto. We should all feel much better about our work!
As a freelance editor (and a college grad with a passion for kidlit and the degrees to back that up), I’ve helped a lot of writers draft, edit, and query their work. Let’s throw the idea that anyone can write a children’s book out the window. It takes work, research, and a willingness to change and adapt to put out a great children’s book.
There are tons of different ways for agencies to ask for submissions. Some places request just a query. Some ask for a query plus a few pages. Some less reputable agencies ask for a query plus a headshot and your measurements.