The best kids' books of 2018, chosen by top authors and illustrators
CNN Mordicai Gerstein, a beloved children's book author and illustrator, has died at the age of Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Mordicai Gerstein was an American artist, writer and film director, best known for illustrating and writing children's books. He died on September 24, His wife, artist Susan Yard Harris, told the Times that he died of metastatic esophageal cancer. Gerstein had always been an artist, attending art school in his native Los Angeles and moving to New York shortly after.
1. Do get an agent
So, let me introduce you to the very talented Leah Gilbert! I met Leah and her husband several years ago through a couples class at the church my wife and I attend here in Denver. A couple years we learned that she was signed by an agent which was just the first huge step of many many more to come that would let Leah make her dream come true. Well, guess what. First, a little about Leah before we start.
You may be tempted to go it alone to get the maximum amount of pennies possible on signing a book deal. My advice is to find an agent that can fine-tooth comb contracts, understand you as an artist and treat you to the occasional cream cake. My agent has helped me to promote my portfolio, maximise my fee and very importantly offered a wealth of encouragement and advice about the industry. The publishing industry, lovely as it is, has to be based on strong book sales. Therefore if you have an idea for a book, be it in whatever form, you must expect a publisher to tweak, edit and often radically change some aspects of your project if it is to be a success. Being open-minded to these changes will help your idea blossom into a best seller. Some books will need few if any alterations, but most of the best books go through numerous drafts.
Congrats on the Ninja book Aree. Cheers to many more! Congrats, Arree! All your hard work is paying off. It must feel great to have Ninja finally reaching readers--the first of many books to come, I'm sure. Now I have to head over to my local bookstore and get my own copy :. Lovely, amazing, wonderful, heartfelt post, Arree..