Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Children's Book Writing: No More Creative Than Copywriting?

Writer Abroad always thought it would be fun to be a children’s author. It seems like such a creative career--at least in comparison to some of the marketing writing she does on a daily basis. But the realities of writing for children, as she learned from an author at the Chicago Lit Fest this month, seem otherwise.

This particular debut author/illustrator had to go through 70 revisions of her 200-word picture book once it got to the publisher—70 illustration revisions—in addition to text revisions. She said by the end, the only part of the book that was hers from the original version was the last page—and that she had had to fight to keep the ending less than happy. Percentage wise, she quoted 1 percent of the book was truly hers.

These kind of results, barely recognizing what you originally suggested, sound a lot like some of the advertising and marketing writing Writer Abroad has done for clients over the years.

There's a lot to learn at the Chicago Lit Fest,
which is held every June.
And there's a reason for that: Apparently the marketing department at this author's large publisher kept pushing for the characters to be more like a particular Disney character, since that character was popular the summer her book was coming out. Apparently the marketing department was in charge of basically everything.

Now along with being a freelance writer and author, Writer Abroad works in the advertising and marketing industry. She considers it a plus to do so because she normally enjoys it, and also because it informs her pure creative writing work. The reality is that knowing what kind of writing sells and how to sell it matters. A lot.

But if it comes to the point where a 200-word picture book has none of the 200 words or illustrations originally suggested by the author in it, then is writing a book for a big publisher no more creative than writing for advertising, where often every word is at the whim of clients?

It appears that in some cases at least, the only way to be completely in creative control as an author is to be your own publisher. Especially when you consider beautiful and successfully independently published children's books like the Lost My Name series (which Writer Abroad's daughter loves).

That’s why for the time being anyway, Writer Abroad is pretty happy with her balance of writing for business and writing for the pure creativity of it. Somehow, keeping her corporate writing separate from her book writing, yet controlling both via her own writing and publishing company—is the perfect balance of writing for industry and writing for pure creativity.

It’s something to consider when a writer considers her alternatives. And these days, there are a lot of them. 

41 comments:

  1. I am very happy to see this type article. it is very useful and exciting. the best blessings of this article is giving properly idea to each and every readers and also it's giving correct impressions. Looking forward to new article.
    my custom essay

    ReplyDelete
  2. gosh you're speaking the truth, good to know there's someone who is concerned about this too

    Gạch bông Việt

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great article! Thanks for your tips! They’ll be useful as a business writer, such an
    essay writer.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I don't know much about children’s author, I don't know that this career is also very difficult. Thank you for sharing!
    instagram online

    ReplyDelete
  5. Yes its true that if we write any book then it is necessary to make sure to put in it some illustration to make the topic more clear and useful.
    best Dubai Hair Transplant

    ReplyDelete
  6. this is very helpful post.thanks for sharing : click here

    ReplyDelete
  7. Well that was a great thing to know, Thanks you sir, keep it up sir.
    Bus Rush Game

    ReplyDelete
  8. It is a long established fact that a reader will be distracted by the readable content of a page when looking at its layout.

    ReplyDelete
  9. http://www.6zar.com/2-player-games/

    Play 2 player games. Play game with your friend. The most beautiful 2 player games are here. Have fun.


    2 player games

    ReplyDelete
  10. http://www.6zar.com/3d-games/

    Play 3D games with high quality graphics and sound for those who love the 3D Games, as you'll find in these pages, the only person in this 3D games at specially selected for you and you can play for 2 people.

    3d games

    ReplyDelete
  11. http://www.6zar.com/car-games/

    Car game for those who like to play the most fun, the most beautiful car racing, our car parking games car games category ve put together.

    car games

    ReplyDelete
  12. Riddle School 2 is a puzzle game in which you need to reach to exit in a school. In case you have played the previous versions of the game then you already know the logic but for those who don’t know let us provide a brief information. You are a student who fights against the aliens and you have to skip your class in order to keep fighting with them. This series of the game starts in a music class and you need to find your way to the hall by using various equipment you will find in your adventure.

    http://www.6zar.com/adventure-games/riddle-school-2.html

    riddle school 2

    ReplyDelete
  13. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  14. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  15. A very very important post foe a writer. Thanks for sharing. https://donaldscott.atavist.com/how-professional-essay-writers-help-when-others-cannot

    ReplyDelete
  16. http://www.6zar.com/ability-games/

    Ability Games - puzzle, game of skill and many more are waiting for you

    ability games

    ReplyDelete
  17. Riddle School 5 is the latest game of the series which are considered as a puzzle game. However, you will be controlling a character in the game in which you are going to escape from a prison. Unlike the previous versions of the game, you will be controlling a grown up character and you need to break out from your room in order to save your friends. You will face with the aliens who threaten the world and give an end to this adventure by protecting the world from these aliens. If you are fond of puzzle games, you will love this!

    http://www.6zar.com/adventure-games/riddle-school-5.html

    riddle school 5

    ReplyDelete
  18. http://www.6zar.com/football-games/

    Football Games - You can play the lovely football game from this page for free from each other. The most beautiful and newest free online football games. Have fun.

    football games

    ReplyDelete
  19. adventure games

    http://www.6zar.com/adventure-games/

    You can find the latest adventure games in this section. New adventure every day for adventurers who love adventure games will be here waiting for you.

    adventure games

    ReplyDelete
  20. The article is very useful and meaningful! thank you a lot!
    gạch bông việt nam

    ReplyDelete
  21. We are a third party technical support service. Avast Customer Support is here to help you out with the whole procedure to Download Avast Antivirus online, We not only fix your Avast Support related issues but will guide with how to get started with your new Avast product once it gets installed successfully. Call on our Toll Free no. 1 855 966 3855
    Gmail Customer service is a third party technical support service for Gmail users when they face any technical issue or error in their Gmail account. Our Gmail Customer Support team solves issues like forgot Gmail account password, Gmail configuration or Sync issues, recover deleted emails and many more. Toll Free number (800) 986-9271
    How you install or reinstall Office 365 or Office 2016 depends on whether your Office product is part of an Office for home or Office for business plan. If you're not sure what you have, see what office com setup products are included in each plan and then follow the steps for your product. The steps below also apply if you're installing a single, stand-alone Office application such as Access 2016 or Visio 2016. Need Help with office setup Enter Product Key? Call 1-800-000-0000 Toll Free
    Norton Tech Support is a third party service provider and not in any way associated with Norton or any of its partner companies. We offer support for Norton products and sell subscription based additional warranty on computer and other peripheral devices. Call our Toll Free number 1 855 966 3855
    Other Services
    Norton Toll Free , Office-Setup , office.com/setup.

    ReplyDelete
  22. sports games

    http://www.6zar.com/sports-games/

    If you do not like to give up playing sports and sports games you can find hundreds of sports games prepared for you in this section. Contentious football games, basketball games and a lot more challenging game.

    sports games

    ReplyDelete
  23. Sift Heads World 6 is one of the great shooting games where you are going to control three characters. There are many weapons to try as well as many enemies to kill. This time your enemies attacked your headquarter and you promise to take revenge of this incident. You need to act quickly and you have to believe in yourself since you will encounter with countless enemies in this game of the series. The game can be also considered as a skill game since you aim with your mouse all the time and your enemies will not wait for you to target them to attack you.

    http://www.6zar.com/shooting-games/sift-heads-world-6.html

    Sift Heads World 6

    ReplyDelete
  24. The Ninth Realm

    The Ninth Realm is a turn-based strategy game where you are going to control a warrior. There are various spots on each stage and you have to capture as much as spots as you can in order to spawn various creatures and use spells. Your character has two move turns and you need to eliminate your enemy and the creatures he spawned in order to win the game. Your character has a level bar which can help you to level up and spawn better enemies, equip better weapons. If you are looking for a game to spend some good time then here it is.

    http://www.6zar.com/strategygames/the-ninth-realm.html

    The Ninth Realm

    ReplyDelete
  25. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Anime Battle 2.3

    Anime Battle 2.3 will be a fighting game where you will be able to play the game solo or with your friends. There will be about more than hundreds of characters that you can choose and all of these characters are famous Japanese anime characters which we know from the TV or internet series. In the event that you have played any of the other games of the series, then you already know how successful production it is. Keep following us to start playing the game since we will be sharing it as soon as it will be published by the developers.

    http://www.6zar.com/fighting-games/anime-battle-23.html

    Anime Battle 2.3

    ReplyDelete
  27. We offer high page rank backlink profile service to help you increase sales by improve your site's ranking in search engines to utilize large resources on the internet.

    Homepage: http://good-backlink.com

    ReplyDelete
  28. Excellent Website. Very interesting to read. I really love to read such a nice Website. Thanks! keep rocking..
    `help on assignments

    ReplyDelete
  29. Toyota Hilux Toyota Pickup Thailand Toyota Hilux Revo Thailand on Sale at Thailand Toyota Hilux exporter and Toyota Hilux Revo dealer Jim Autos

    ReplyDelete
  30. I am so in love with Vidmate's latest updates. It help me with a ton of things and probably got rid of a handful of bugs. Ever since I installed Vidmate apk's last update, my app has stopped crashing, so that's a big win-win for me. You can check my site about Vidmate app here: vidmateapks.com

    ReplyDelete
  31. Awesome Post!
    Check out Diwali Puja Vidhi in Hindi
    Check out Diwali Puja Vidhi
    Also download latest movie A GENTLEMAN 2017 PRE-DVDSCR HD FULL MOVIE DOWNLOAD
    Also Read trending Story Comic Strips
    Also Check out Latest Government Job of DSE Recruitment 2017

    ReplyDelete
  32. Find out when you are separated from your spouse. Find out who you are in this world and what you need to be happy. I think the most important thing in life is to find the self because only by seeing you can do anything else.The key to open every door of science is question mark; Most of our great discoveries are the same, but the wisdom of life often determines where to go when something is wrong ask the question why.
    .Xbox One Amazon | Unblocked Superfighters | ABCya 5

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts with Thumbnails