Hello Scribblers – J Monkeys here from a summer away from writing. Have you missed me? Nah, I’m sure Vivienne kept you so entertained, you didn’t even notice that I was gone. I hope you had a spectacular summer and are settling down into fall. It might be a rough winter here in New England. Mr Monkeys says the squirrels have been hiding acorns at a prodigious rate. Couple that with the crazy hot summer and I’m gonna spend the next month ensuring that our emergency supplies are in order.
And of course, Emergency Supply Season at Monkey Manor is also NaNoWriMo season. Are you noveling this November? Not only will I be noveling, but I’m also leading a group of 3rd to 5th graders in their first NaNoWriMo adventure. This ties in with a lot of school-related work I’ve been doing lately.
I have author visits set up for several local schools this year, and I’m doing a few different writing projects with students. For example, Monday will be my third session with a group of Kindergarten to Second Graders in a collaborative writing project. It’s been wicked fun so far. These kids are so creative! We brainstormed a bunch of ideas to weave into our story and then spent some time writing a general outline. They had so many ideas, that we’re ending up with a chapter book. I’ll share more as it unfolds.
In the world of writing for little kids, the e-book phenomenon isn’t making gazillionaires out of us yet. Unlike YA readers, MG-ers and emerging readers don’t have purchasing authority. No Kindle with Amazon gift cards from Grandpa and Great Aunt Susie. For Indies to sell MG and picture books, you’ve got to connect with both the audience (kids) and the buyer (adults). Getting into schools is a great way to do that. But it’s tough. Lots of competition out there.
For those of you out there writing for the younger set, how are you doing? Outside of being published by Scholastic, what sales venues have you found that work?