Plenty of people dream of writing the Great American Novel one day, or maybe the next beloved children’s classic, destined for a place on the shelf next to Green Eggs & Ham and Goodnight Moon. Some may go so far as actually writing a manuscript, although many of these end up gathering dust in a desk drawer.
But some aspiring authors manage to get all the way from great idea to published book. How did they do it? There’s no one single answer to that question, which is why I’m delighted about an upcoming event at the Haslett Library called “Children’s Author Panel: The Path to Publication.” Held from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4, it features four local children’s authors who have all been published by traditional publishing companies. Each of them has a different story to tell about how they did it.
The idea for the program came from our Public Services Librarian, Kate Nicholoff. “I had heard one of the authors give a presentation about getting published that was really interesting and informative,” she explains. “I was sure there would be an audience for this kind of program. People check out books about writing and publishing all the time—now they can hear first-hand how others did it. I’m excited that we were able to pull together such a star-studded panel!”
With credits ranging from picture books to middle grade novels to young adult fiction, that panel includes:
- Ruth McNally Barshaw (The Ellie McDoodle series for ages 8-12)
- Deborah Diesen (NY Times-Bestselling picture book The Pout-Pout Fish)
- Carol A. Grund (The Anna Mei series for ages 8-12)
- Amy Huntley (The Everafter, a 2009 ALA Morris Award Finalist for ages 12 & up)
After speaking about their experiences, the authors will take questions from the audience and share resources. Their books will be available for sale and signing after the program. They are also available at the Capital Area District Library; visit cadl.org/catalog to place holds and have them delivered to any branch.
If you’re an aspiring writer with a manuscript in a drawer, it’s time to take the next step! Start by coming to hear the success stories of these published authors. Then maybe next year, we’ll be featuring you in a library program!
-Ann C., CADL Haslett’s Head Librarian