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MYTH versus REALITY (part two)

Amy Sparkes busts some common preconceptions about the life of a children’s writer

It’s easier to prepare for a career when you have inside information about it. So, what’s the truth of being a children’s author? And what are merely myths? The second part of this mini-series helps to manage your expectations and work out how to invest your time and energy to achieve the result you want in the world of children’s fiction.

Myth 6: My selfpublished children’s book will help me get a publisher/agent

Sometimes a self-published book takes Amazon by storm and earns the author thousands of pounds. Yes, this does happen, but please be aware it is rare. Agents and publishers do sometimes keep an eye on self-published material, in case something awesome is out there. It’s possible – but unlikely to be picked up. Once the book has been in the public sphere, many publishers would prefer to work on new material instead. However, a self-published book can offer other opportunities. You could send copies to an agent or publisher as a sample of the work you can produce (NB they won’t get posted back). It will demonstrate that you have creativity, discipline and enthusiasm to complete a story and see a project through. It can also open doors to schools and local festivals.

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In this month's issue, we show you ten ways to improve your writing right now, and look at how to impress an editor and get your feature articles accepted. This month's star interview is crime bestseller and Rizzoli and Isles creator Tess Gerritsen, who opens her casebook to discuss murder, medicine and false memory. When you've polished your work and got it ready to submit, check out the Writers' News pages – packed with opportunities to get into print and competitions to enter, with £54,762 in writing prizes to be won.

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