Optimism about children’s books

I’ve heard a lot of people on various elists agonizing about books being made redundant–but I just don’t see that happening, not for a long time. And I’ve also heard a lot of authors worrying about getting published, and the state of the economy.

Yet books keep getting published. New deals are made. And, it seems that children’s books are still selling, and selling well. I know that I keep buying books, myself. Do you?

If you want some optimistic thinking about children’s books and authors getting published, then check out this article.

What do you think? Do they have valid points?

I think they do.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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7 Responses to Optimism about children’s books

  1. I think they do make valid points. At this moment in time (and, well, the past several months) we’ve been seeing the lay-offs, hearing about lists getting shortened, etc. But I’m pretty sure (at least, I strongly hope), this is a temporary freak-out. For myself, I still believe it’s a matter of “when,” not “if,” a contract comes through.

  2. Cheryl says:

    Yes. I really like how you put that, Lisa. “When,” not “if.”

    And I just received two contracts myself, so I can vouch that it’s still happening.

  3. Lee Wind says:

    that was nice to read – thanks for sharing Jon’s sunny outlook – It’s a needed counterpoint today!

  4. Cheryl says:

    Good, Lee; I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for telling me. 🙂

  5. Joy says:

    Thanks for sharing this article Cheryl. It gives us all hope.

    Joy Delgado
    Illustrator and publisher

  6. The Ms. S says:

    I am optimistic.

    I may get more of my books from the library; however, I will continue to buy books for my toddler to build his library of favourite books (that I hope he will share someday with his children).

  7. Cheryl says:

    Good, Joy. I’m glad. Hope is important!

    Ms S, I’m glad you’re optimistic. And I love hearing that you’ll keep on buying books for your toddler. Hurray! Of course you’ll depend on the library. But keeping on buying books when you can is important. I’m doing the same.

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