The manuscript is still going to be cut further, but – as it currently stands – here are the first and final sentences of the book. First sentence (from the Introduction): When a stranger knocked on Crockett Johnson’s front door one mild Friday in August 1950, he was not expecting was a visit from the
I teach children’s literature, write books about children’s literature, and direct a graduate program in children’s literature.Â But I’ve never taken a single course in children’s literature, neither as a graduate student nor as an undergraduate student.Â I have no formal training in the field of my alleged expertise. So, in the words of David
The sequel (or prequel?) to “How to Publish Your Book,” here’s something else they don’t always teach you in graduate school.Â As in that earlier post, this is what has worked for me.Â Results may vary. Please note: the advice below derives from my experience as an English professor who specializes in children’s literature. Â This
A number of folks at MLA 2011 were kind enough to mention that they’ve found my “advice” postings useful. Â In the hopes of continuing to help, here’s one more before I veer back to other blog topics (children’s literature, comics, biography, music, etc.). Â Today’s topic is: how do you develop a robust CV quickly? As
These days, I don’t talk much about my first book. Â I wrote it when I was 7 years old, in collaboration with Dr. Seuss and Roy McKie. Â As you can see, I improved upon their artwork with the aid of stickers from the United Fruit Company (of whose bananas I was then an avid consumer)
The New York Times reports a rise in visual illiteracy among parents.Â Only, that’s not quite the way the article puts it: instead, it notes that parents are pushing their children to read “big-kid” books earlier, steering them away from picture books, on the grounds that picture books are somehow lesser or easier.Â As a
Graduate schools donâ€™t teach you how to get your book published. This blog post does.
Different kinds of scholars, different kinds of scholarship. But many paths to success in academia.
How a failed book proposal launched a career. Mine. Viva failure!