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How Much Money Does a Writer Make? [2017]

Non-writers who are thinking about writing often ask me if children’s writers make much money. Once again, Laura Purdie Salas shares her own personal experience with this. Enjoy!

Mentors for Rent

Howdy, writers! First, my annual disclaimer:

If you think it’s impolite to talk about finances, skip this article!

Dollar_SignSo, one question aspiring writers often ask is, “Can I make a living at this?” It’s not a matter of greed, but of necessity. So many of dream of making a living doing what we love. But there’s little reliable information out there about what writers make. That’s partly because writer incomes vary so greatly, and partly because writers tend to be private about their incomes. Those doing very well probably don’t want to brag. Those making very little might feel embarrassed. Those of us in the middle might just be adhering to societal norms of not speaking about money. Luckily, I don’t care about societal norms:>)

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Book Release–Play ball!!!

Well, I’m a day late in announcing the release of my latest book, JACK AND JILL AND T-BALL BILL (Random House Step-Into-Reading). It’s not that I’m not thrilled with this adorable easy reader (illustrated by Sue DiCicco). The problem is that for the past few months I’ve been pulled away from my writing because of a family medical emergency (hence, the lack of blog posts, too). So much so that I’ve cleared my schedule through summer’s end. So, lately I’m a bit behind on everything!

BUT…I do want to share here the great news about “T-Ball Bill” as I affectionately call my new book. In case you’re wondering, it’s a rhyming Step 1 (K-1) reader about Bill, a fun-loving dog, who interrupts a t-ball game by stealing the ball for his own game of Keep-Away. It’s only after Jill comes up with a clever solution to outsmart Bill that they get the ball back and the game resumes!

My hope is that dog-loving, t-ball-loving, book-loving young readers will snatch this one up and want to read it again and again, helping them on the road to becoming lifelong readers.

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‘Tis the Season…

…for holiday gifts! For those of you still looking for great books for babies and young children, please check out my SCBWI Bookstop pages. (this is the last post I’ll make about them, I promise!)

For babies, toddlers and moms, a board book that expresses a mother’s love for her child that’s as grand as nature itself, MAMA LOVES YOU SO.

For preschoolers and K-1 kids who love nature science, visit this beautiful garden, MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN.

Happy Holidays!

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The Power of Story

Being a children’s author, I’ve always known about the power a story can have on a child. Whether it be a picture book story putting a child on the path of lifelong reading or a young adult novel that reassures a teen he’s not alone in his personal struggles, children’s stories are powerful and empowering. But until I “met” Maria, a student in one of my online writing courses, I hadn’t realized just how extensive this power can be.

Maria lives with her family in Damascus, Syria. Rocket explosions and the violence of war are part of her everyday life, as is the struggle for things we in U.S. often take for granted– food, clean water, electricity, and the internet. But amidst all the uncertainty, Maria finds comfort in stories. More specifically, she uses stories to provide her young son with an escape from his daily reality.

Like Scheherazade of storytelling lore, every night Maria tells her son a new story. “In darkness, we spoon every night on the same pillow and I start whispering the story words inside his ear, and that’s when the magic starts. My son’s soul and mind leave his body secure in my arms and travel to the story world like a hypnotized schizophrenic and never comes back until he hears ‘happily ever after.’” Amazingly, she makes up her stories each night, sometimes continuing them over to the next. But every night, there is a story. A story that her young son relies upon, as much as the food or water he requires for nourishment.

Story empowers Maria’s son, showing him a safer, brighter, happier life. It transforms him to a place where he can escape the harsh reality of life in Syria, giving him hope for his own “happily ever after.”

 

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SCBWI BookStop Begins!

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Check this out! The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators starts its annual member BookStop blast. Members created posters for their books (published in 2017) to be shared with librarians, educators, writers, readers, basically anyone who interested in children’s books!

You can find my two latest titles, MAMA LOVES YOU SO, and MY BUSY GREEN GARDEN, by clicking on “T” (for traditionally published) and scrolling down to my last name. I even made a partial reading video of MAMA. If you’re so inclined, please “LIKE” my pages, so I’ll know if anyone is enjoying them.

And please, browse all the other fabulous titles! Such bookish eye candy! Just click HERE.