Sunday, January 10, 2010

Making Ends Meet: the Day Jobs of Children's Writers

My perusal of children's author bios and an unscientific survey of fellow children's writers leads me to believe that a large percentage of us are (or were at one time) public school teachers or librarians or journalists. Lawyers seem to be another profession much represented in the ranks of children's writers. Many of my writer friends also teach (or have taught) writing at the community college or university level, or online for programs like the one offered by the Institute of Children's Literature, in order to supplement their income. Lots of us earn fees speaking at schools and conferences too.

Are you a children's writer with a day job? If so, what do you do? If not, are there other things you do to supplement your writing income?

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