on Writer’s Digest:
Pitching a picture book or children’s fiction? Things are looking up. Publisher’s Weekly reports that children’s book sales rose 2.9% for the first five months of 2018, with notable gains for board books. A good chunk of those increases came from backlist titles, but it doesn’t mean that new authors can’t get in on the growing market.
Still, the market is very competitive, and going head-to-head with the classics as well as new work by high-profile authors can be daunting. It needn’t be. As a literary agent specializing in children’s fiction and nonfiction, I’d like to share some observations about the current picture book market and tips for crafting picture books that sell